Army Scraps Billion-Dollar Program; United Grounds New Planes; Russian Component Conspiracy | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 157

Also on the podcast, Intel delays $20 billion chip plant, Chrysler unveils EV with "unlimited range," consumers have fewer choices, hacker group has banner year and why we need hands-on training.

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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: 

Chrysler Unveils EV Concept with 'Unlimited Range' - @6:20

On Tuesday, Chrysler debuted a new EV concept vehicle with unlimited range, but there are some caveats.

Intel to Delay $20 Billion Ohio Chip Plant - @19:38

According to the Wall Street Journal, Intel will delay its "the first of its kind" chip plant in Ohio.

Woman Pleads Guilty for Shipping Components Found in Russian Weapons - @28:31

A 32-year-old Canadian national this week pleaded guilty for her role in a multimillion-dollar scheme to ship components for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), guided missile systems and other weapons to blacklisted companies in Russia.

United Grounds Brand New Planes Over 'No Smoking' Signs - @38:02

Late last year, Airbus delivered five new A321neo planes to United Airlines and they were quickly in service. But this week, United had to ground them

U.S. Army Scrapping Helicopter Program After Spending Billions - @50:46

The Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program was meant to create the U.S. Army's new weaponized scout helicopter.

In Case You Missed It

We Need Hands-On Training in Manufacturing - @59:19

While it seems that the digital revolution in manufacturing is being presented as the answer to manufacturing's need for skilled workers and that all of the training can be done online, smart manufacturing may be a pipe dream if workers don't first have all the skills to do their jobs.

Consumers Have Fewer Choices as Brands Prune their Offerings - @1:05:40

For example, Coca-Cola is cutting 200 brands.

Hacker Group Black Basta’s Big Year - @1:13:12

The Russian-based group reportedly tallied over $107 million from late 2022 through 2023, extorting an estimated 90 companies, including industrial giant ABB. 

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