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Giant Aquarium Bursts; Plastics Industry Threatened; Smucker's Attacks Imposter | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 99

Also on the podcast, 3M quits "forever chemicals," B-2 fleet grounded after fire, Air Force gets new bomb disposal robots, U.S. blacklists Chinese companies and Ford tries to patent 'remote control' tech.

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The Today in Manufacturing Podcast is brought to you by the editors from Manufacturing.net 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:

U.S. Air Force Receives First of 100 New Bomb Disposal Robots - @3:04

Last Thursday, L3Harris Technologies delivered the first four of more than 100 T7 explosive ordnance disposal robots to the U.S. Air Force.

Air Force Grounds Entire B-2 Fleet After Emergency Landing - @10:41

On December 10th, a bomber experienced an in-flight malfunction that forced it to make an emergency landing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Then it caught fire.

Smucker's Goes After Alleged Uncrustables Imposter - @16:31

The J.M. Smucker Co. recently sent a cease and desist letter to Gallant Tiger, a small Minnesota company that allegedly infringed upon the Uncrustables trademark.

Plastics Industry Head Says Bill Would ‘Destroy an American Industry’ - @28:18

On December 1, Congress introduced the Protecting Communities from Plastics Act to address plastic production and alleviate its effects on the environment. Matt Seaholm, president and CEO of PLASTICS Industry Association, a trade association representing the plastics industry, wasn't happy.

U.S. Company to Send Team to Look Into Berlin Aquarium Rupture - @41:16

Reynolds Polymer Technology is a U.S. company that helped build a massive 260,000 gallon aquarium in Berlin. At about 6 a.m. last Friday, two people were slightly injured when the aquarium collapsed in spectacular fashion.

In Case You Missed It

3M to Stop Producing 'Forever Chemicals' - @52:40

3M has been widely criticized as a producer of PFAS. The company announced recently that it would phase out production of PFAS – a business worth $1.3 billion annually.

U.S. Blacklists 36 More Chinese Companies - @59:01

The U.S. is blacklisting 36 Chinese makers of aviation equipment, chemicals and computer chips.

Ford Seeks Patent for ‘Remote Control’ Tech - @1:03:14

Ford recently filed a patent for a new system that would allow drivers to control their cars via their smartphone. Ford wants a mobile app to make towing easier.

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