Barefoot Workers at Eye Drop Plant; Nuclear Projects Ends; Neuralink Seeks Implant Volunteers | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 145

Also on the podcast, the cities manufacturing abandoned, B-21's first test flight, autonomous truck working full time at GE Appliances, Amazon's security robot and DiGiorno's Thanksgiving pizza.

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Every week, we cover the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week: 

The Abandonment of Cities and Towns in the Heartland - @2:08

In his latest column, IEN and contributor Mike Collins discusses the victims of outsourcing and NAFTA, primarily focusing on the towns.

Folks Lining Up for Elon Musk's Brain Implants - @20:29

Neuralink is Elon Musk’s brain implant startup. While it has its fair share of critics, it has generated a lot of optimism for the thousands of potential patients interested in human trials.

First-of-a-Kind Nuclear Project is Terminated - @34:57

Last week, a project that set out to build the first small modular nuclear reactor power plant was killed.

Fake Safety Checks, Barefoot Workers at Plant Blamed for Contaminated Eye Drops - @46:39

A federal inspection at the Kilitch Healthcare India facility found some rather shockingly unsanitary conditions, like claims that workers were seen barefoot and the plant was falsifying test results to make it look like drops were safe to use.

The Air Force's New Nuclear Stealth Bomber, the B-21 Raider, Takes its First Test Flight - @57:27

On Friday, the B-21 Raider took its first test flight.

In Case You Missed It

Autonomous Electric Truck Now Working Full-Time at GE Appliances - @1:10:38

This week, a pilot project at GE Appliances was promoted to a full-time deployment. Einride's autonomous EV is now transporting goods in Selmer, TN from GE Appliances' factory to its warehouse, the journey is about 3/4-mile.

Amazon Debuts Security Robot - @1:15:47

Amazon recently announced Astro for Business, a security solution for small and medium-sized businesses that combines robotics, smart security, and artificial intelligence (AI).

DiGiorno Unveils Thanksgiving Pizza - @1:21:05

The pizza includes turkey, gravy sauce, sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberries, and a crispy onion topping.

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