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Honda Bonus Mishap; Foxconn's Minimal Workloads; Floppy Disk Industries | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 86

Also on the podcast, Northrop to unveil B-21 Raider, seven states back hydrogen, Hertz orders 175,000 GM EVs, drone swarms 3D print buildings and the top technologies at IMTS 2022.

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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:

7 States Back Hydrogen as Clean Energy Source

The Midwest is teaming up to accelerate hydrogen as a clean-energy alternative for cars and factories that are still dependent on fossil fuels.

The Industries That Still Use Floppy Disks

Many people believe that the 3.5-inch floppy disk died long ago, but major industries still rely on the little plastic squares to move data around.

Northrop Grumman to Unveil the B-21 Raider

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force will unveil the B-21 Raider during the first week of December at the company’s Palmdale, California facility.

Foxconn Workers Put in 3 Months of Work Per Year

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, workers in Mount Pleasant are assembling motherboards for Google and Amazon, but the workload is really manageable.

Honda Asks Workers to Repay Miscalculated Bonuses

According to Fortune, workers at Honda’s Marysville factory in Ohio were awarded bonuses earlier this month, but there was a problem.

In Case You Missed It

Hertz Ordering Up to 175k EVs from GM

Hertz and GM announced an agreement for 175,000 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and BrightDrop EVs over the next five years.

Drone Swarms Use 3D Printing to Build Concrete Structures

These drones could work autonomously and in tandem to construct and repair buildings.

The Top 10 Technologies at IMTS 2022

IMTS 2022 featured 1,272 exhibitors and our team put together a top ten of the companies and technology that stood out to us.

This week's episode is sponsored by the Big 50. Industrial Distribution’s Big 50 List is in an annual ranking of the top 50 industrial distributors by sales revenue. This hotly anticipated list will be unveiled starting Sept 27th when we go live with our countdown video series, where we’ll walk through the Big 50 from 50 to 1 over the course of three videos in three days. Check them out on our website – – and you’ll get to see the ranking, complete with a lot of great industry analysis to go along with it.

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