Trashfence Catches Garbage Tsunami; Hyundai's Child Labor Problem; Chipotle's Robot Army | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 78

Also on the podcast, machine-gun-mounted robots, Samsung gets bigger in Texas, dead spiders used as hydraulic grippers, Panasonic's deal missing job promises and conspiracy theories plague mill project.

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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:

Samsung Could Build 11 Chip Plants in Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, including Samsung's plans for the Lone Star State.

Ukraine Deploys Home-Grown Machine Gun-Mounted Robot

The GNOM is an uncrewed ground vehicle made by Ukraine-based Temerland.

Chipotle Enlists Hidden Robot Army to Build Burritos

Chipotle wants to have 7,000 restaurants in North America. Right now, there are 3,008. To more than double, the company is adding robots to the workforce.

Hyundai Subsidiary in Alabama Accused of Employing Children

According to a recent Reuters report, a majority owned unit of Hyundai Motor Company, SMART Alabama LLC, has been employing children as young as 12 years old.

Trashfence Catches a Garbage Tsunami Heading Downriver

The Ocean Cleanup is a nonprofit environmental engineering organization that identified the Rio Motagua in Guatamala as a river that sends an estimated 20,000 tons of plastic into the Caribbean Sea every year.

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State's $800M Panasonic Deal Doesn't Require New Jobs

Recent reports have uncovered some troubling details about the deal.

Rice Engineers Turn Dead Spiders into Hydraulic Grippers

Rice University mechanical engineers have found a way to convert the bodies of dead wolf spiders into necrobotic grippers.

State Wants Security Review of Chinese Firm’s Mill Project

North Dakota's governor is pushing federal officials to expedite a review of a Chinese company’s proposed wet corn milling plant to make sure it is not detrimental to national security.

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