CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

  • The North American Meat Institute has responded to the World Health Organization report saying that red meat, bacon and other tools of the carnivores are in fact carcinogenic. The Des Moines Register quotes the meat institute’s vice president of scientific affairs as saying researchers “tortured the data to ensure a specific outcome.”
  • If you think manufacturing is boring, then consider the life of Alex Molinaroli, CEO of Johnson Controls Inc. The Washington Post weighs in today with an account of Molinaroli’s turbulent divorce, the $1 million his bonus was docked for an affair with a company consultant and the ongoing questions about money he gave to a man running a Ponzi scheme.
  • Texas manufacturing was better in October, but according to Fuel Fix, oil prices still make the whole industry a question for 2016.
  • If you’re interested in a (rather obtuse) peek at upcoming food technology, there’s an article at a website called bakeryandsnacks that tries to show how automobile automation can be used to mix ingredients and perform other tasks for food manufacturers. [One of the benefits of robots, apparently is that without humans, you can keep the factory temperature in a range inhospitable to bacteria.]
  • Two Indiana economists have a column in the Indianapolis Business Journal explaining how “the story of manufacturing’s decline is only half true.” Yes, fewer jobs. But more productive.
  • The Modern Materials Handling website has an article on “how manufacturing employers are getting lean.”

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