Accident Changes Ride Industry, Factories in Space, Robot Fire | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 25

Also on the podcast, strike at Frito-Lay, new top taco job, Amazon wants a house key, water thieves and Crocs sue over blatant knockoffs.

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In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week, we talk about:

Bezos Wants to Move Heavy Industry to Space

Current richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, spent about 11 minutes in space on Tuesday. Now, he has a new proposition, he wants to take all heavy industry and move it into space.

Workers Strike at Frito-Lay Plant

Members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Local 218 went on strike at the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kansas over unreasonable working conditions.

3-Robot Pile-Up Leads to Warehouse Fire

Ocado Technology is a division of UK-based Ocado, a developer of software, robotics and automation. Last week, some of the company’s robots in a London warehouse got their signals crossed, and caused a three-bot pileup. 

McCormick Seeks 'Director of Taco Relations'

Spice maker McCormick recently announced a new job at the company: Director of Taco Relations. The short term position will pay $25,000 a month for four months, for what mostly amounts to remote work of about 20 hours per week.

Beefed Up Inspections After Horrific Fair Ride Accident

In 2017, an accident on a carnival ride at the Ohio State Fair killed 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell and left four others with life-changing injuries. A corroded steel arm snapped on the Fire Ball ride and the passengers were thrown from it. The incident caused the state to tighten amusement ride oversight. 

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Amazon Wants a 'Key' to Your Place

Amazon wants landlords to give its drivers the ability to open apartment-building doors with an app. 

Stolen Water Sustains Illegal Marijuana Crops

Water supplies are an increasingly appealing target for thieves in California. A new report suggests that most of the water stolen in the state is destined for a single market: illegal marijuana growing operations.

Crocs Sues Over Blatant Knockoffs 

Crocs sued multiple retailers, like Walmart and Hobby Lobby for infringing upon the company's trademark.

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