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GM 'Cleans Up' Battery Plants; Tesla's Tribal Land Deal; F-35 Helmet Problems | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 33

Also on the podcast, armed robots patrol borders, toilet training cows, balloon causes blackout, engineer jailed for spying and maintenance workers die in industrial accidents.

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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:

Engineer Gets Prison in Corporate Spying Case

A 47-year-old man was sentenced to three years in prison for spying for Russia.

Tesla Builds 1st Store on Tribal Land to Dodge State Car Laws

Tesla recently opened a store and repair shop in Nambé Pueblo, New Mexico. The electric car company took a defunct casino and turned it into a sales, service and delivery center near Santa Fe.

GM Wants LG to "Clean Up" Battery Plants

GM is helping LG “clean up the manufacturing process” at its battery plants.

$400,000 Helmet Can See Through Walls

The helmet needs a precise fit to work, which means that pilots can't put on too much weight or change their haircut.

Meat Plant Workers Found Dead in Hazmat Incident & Maintenance Worker Dies at Pork Plant

On September 12, two maintenance workers were found dead at a Valley Proteins meat processing plant in North Carolina. On September 10th, a 57-year-old maintenance worker died at a Prestage Foods pork processing plant in Iowa.

In Case You Missed It

Israeli Firm Unveils Armed Robot to Patrol Volatile Borders

The four-wheel-drive robot can be equipped with two machine guns, cameras and sensors.

Researchers Attempt Toilet Training Cows to Reduce Pollution

Research teams in New Zealand and Germany are taking an unorthodox approach to limiting pollutants like methane and nitrates from cattle. They’re trying to “potty train” young calves with a "MooLoo."

Police Probe Balloon That Caused Blackout

The metal foil balloon caused a short-circuit at an electricity substation.

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