Toyota's Cheating; Boeing's Wheel Falls Off; Skyscraper in OKC? | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 155

Also on the podcast, GM delays shift for Lions, Musk says human received Neuralink implant, BMW adds humanoid robots, guardrails can't handle EVs and Kubota hit with record "Made in USA" penalty.

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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: 

Elon Musk Says First Human Has Received Neuralink Implant - @2:51

The first human received an implant from Neuralink and is recovering well.

GM Delays Shift Because of the Detroit Lions - @14:37

GM delayed an entire third shift at a Flint, Michigan assembly plant so employees could watch the Lions fall to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship, despite holding a 17 point lead at the half.

Country’s Tallest Skyscraper Planned for Unlikely U.S. City - @24:12

When you think of a spot for the tallest skyscraper in the U.S., what cities come to mind? Chicago, LA, New York City? It certainly isn't this one.

Boeing 757 Loses Nose Wheel While Preparing for Takeoff - @35:26

Last week, a Delta Airlines Boeing 757 lost a nose wheel while preparing for takeoff in Atlanta.

Toyota Chief Apologizes for Cheating on Testing at Group Company, Again - @46:56

On Monday, Toyota chief Koji Sato apologized to customers, suppliers and dealers. This apology involves flawed testing at Toyota Industries Corp, which makes diesel engines.

In Case You Missed It

BMW to Add Humanoid Bots to Auto Production - @57:54

The bots will automate tedious tasks and free up humans for more applied skills.

Kubota Hit With Record 'Made in USA' Penalty - @1:05:00

Kubota North America was just hit with a $2 million civil penalty for misrepresenting the origins of replacement parts for tractors and other agricultural equipment.

Test Crashes Show Nations Guardrails Can’t Handle Heavy EVs - @1:11:48

A nearly 4-ton 2022 Rivian R1T tore through the metal guardrail and hardly slowed.

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