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Quaker Closes Plant; Philips Must Overhaul Production; Russian Airplane Part Scheme | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 165

Also on the podcast, largest global wood pellet supplier bankrupt, GM drops base hummer, VW's badge tech prevents animal strikes, new farm forecasting app and AI solution bridges industrial maintenance skills gap.

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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: 

Largest Global Industrial Wood Pellet Supplier Files for Bankruptcy - @2:38

Maryland-based Enviva filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week. The company's debts exceed $2.6 billion.

VW's New Tech Could Keep You from Hitting a Deer - @11:22

In Australia, kangaroos account for more than 80% of fatal animal strike collisions.

Philips, Which Made Millions of Defective CPAP Machines, Ordered to Overhaul Manufacturing - @19:08

Philips can't make sleep apnea machines in the U.S. until it meets a number of safety requirements.

U.S. Residents Admit to Scheme to Send Aircraft Parts to Russia - @28:00

Two Florida residents and Russian nationals have pleaded guilty to conspiring to acquire and illegally send controlled aviation tech to Russia.

Quaker to Shutter IL Plant, Lay Off More Than 500 - @35:42

The Quaker Oats plant that has been a staple in Danville, Illinois, since 1969, will close its doors on June 8, 2024.

In Case You Missed It

GM Drops Base Hummer, Cheapest Trim Now $98K - @45:53

The $86,000 base model is no longer in the works.

New App to Assist Farms in Forecasting - @51:23

Predictive planning using simulated weather, cropping, market and farm conditions

AI-Powered Solution Can Bridge the Skills Gaps in Industrial Maintenance - @55:42

Fluke Reliability provides a range of technologies that are helping manufacturers do more with less resources. The latest is Azima DLI, an AI-powered vibration analytics and remote condition monitoring solution, which looks to be the next big thing in machine maintenance.

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