Roundup: Salad robots / Geismar plant opened / Airline baggage fees  

    Robo-chef: As part of a partnership between The Salad Station and Silicon Valley-based food robotics company, Chowbotics, Louisiana’s first food robot will debut at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond on March 4, the restaurant announced today. By using the salad-making robot, the restaurant is able to expand its business beyond what is sold at its 13 locations in Louisiana and Mississippi.

    Startup: Praxair, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde Plc, announced the completion of a major project at its Geismar facility, bringing a new plant online that will increase carbon monoxide supply to customers in the area. The plant incorporates a new carbon monoxide purification train with more than 13 million cubic feet per day of capacity. Read the full announcement.

    Southwest safety: Federal air-safety regulators are investigating Southwest Airlines for widespread miscalculation of the total weight of checked bags loaded onto each of its flights, according to government officials and internal agency documents, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Federal Aviation Administration’s yearlong civil probe, the documents show, found systemic and significant mistakes with employee calculations and luggage-loading practices, resulting in potential discrepancies when pilots compute takeoff weights. Read the full story.


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