Dangerous Processor Shut Down; Boeing 747 Junked; Lightning Battery Fire | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 107

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The Today in Manufacturing Podcast is brought to you by the editors from and Industrial Equipment News (IEN). In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

Tesla Recalls ‘Full Self-Driving’ – @2:24

It finally happened. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has pressured Tesla into recalling nearly 363,000 vehicles with “Full Self-Driving.”

TI Announces Massive U.S. Chip Factory Expansion – @14:37

Texas Instruments last week announced plans to invest $11 billion in Utah to build a new semiconductor factory that will create 800 high-tech jobs.

Ford Stops F-150 Lightning Production After Battery Fire – @23:49

Ford Motor last week stopped production and shipments of the F-150 Lightning at Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan after a battery caught fire during a pre-delivery quality check.

Luxury Boeing 747 Junked After Only 16 Flights – @36:40

A Boeing 747 originally designed as a private plane for a Saudi royal is heading to the scrapyard after sitting idle for 10 years.

Seafood Processor Shut Down for ‘Disgusting and Dangerous’ Conditions Aboard Vessel – @46:37

A recent joint investigation by OSHA and the U.S. Coast Guard found the crew aboard the F/V Pacific Producer living in deplorable conditions while working for an operator with a history of workplace violations.

In Case You Missed It

Thief Admits Stealing Thousands of Chocolate Easter Eggs – @1:00:49

He used a metal grinder to break through a gate at an industrial park and then used a stolen semi truck to tow away a trailer loaded with Cadbury Creme Eggs.

Meat Plant Fined Over Child Labor Violations – @1:07:36

Marksbury Farm Foods is a Kentucky meat processor under fire for allegedly employing underage workers in its slaughterhouse.

GM Nets Patent for Touchscreen That Cleans Itself Overnight – @1:12:02

The company recently received a patent for what’s described as a “self-cleaning system for displays.”

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