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Earth Day is here to stay

  
  
  
Sustainable Manufacturing: Steps to SaveMoney and Improve Efficiency PDF

Each year, we stop to remember the humble beginnings of Earth Day and how the movement has grown over the past forty-four years since its inception.  Back in the early days, the Vietnam War nearly consumed the American conscious.  Not much room remained for environmental causes. 

An Introduction to Plastic Injection Molding

  
  
  

Next week, we will launch our new eBook “An Introduction to Plastic Injection Molding.” This resource guide contains information (more than 40 pages) to help designers, engineers and purchasing professionals navigate the world of plastic injection molding. Our goal is to make our customers more knowledgeable about what goes into making a plastic part.  It is written to provide a basic understanding of the presses, the processes and the cost factors involved in manufacturing.  

Manufacturing and millenials

  
  
  
Manufacturing skills gap infographic

There has been a great deal of attention paid to the skills gap facing American manufacturers. We all know that many young people shy away from STEM education and they have a distorted, grimy, perception of manufacturing employment and careers.

Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership launches new infographic

  
  
  
What Manufacturing Really Looks Like

Our friends at the Manufacturing Extension Partnership introduced a new infographic that underscores the importance of manufacturing in our economy.  This interactive visual highlights some fascinating facts about the impact of manufacturing. In addition, you can follow links to manufacturers throughout the country who participated in Manufacturing Day in October 2013.

If you can think it, we can make it.

  
  
  
the human brain

Product development’s latest craze, 3D printing, has a new rival in town.  It is called brain build decoding.  While brain decoding has been around for some time, this technology has never been applied to the manufacturing process.  The Rodon Group, working with scientists at a prestigious technology university, is finally reaping the fruits of their financial and time investment.

Plastic injection molding machine basics

  
  
  
Plastic injection molding press

Our website is frequently visited by product designers, engineers and purchasing agents who are looking for information on plastic injection molding.  With this in mind, we have created a  series of articles that are developed to give our readers a better understanding of the presses, processes and pitfalls in our industry. 

Automation keeps American Manufacturers competitive

  
  
  
Injection molding machine

There has been a great deal of fanfare over the growth in American Manufacturing.  The reasons for this change are varied.  Many point to the narrowing gap in foreign pricing, higher transportation costs and lack of intellectual property protection in foreign countries.  One of the most egregious offenders in this category is China, where we have also seen a great rise in wages and other related costs.

Ten reasons to reshore your plastic injection molding

  
  
  
Looking to mold high volume quantities?

In today's competitive marketplace, where consumer response time is as important as cost of goods sold, you must take into account all of the factors that can impact supply chain decisions.

Why outsourcing your plastic injection molding can improve your bottom line.

  
  
  
caster sockets for beds

Manufacturing plastic injection molded components in-house as part of a customer’s end product can prove to be a major challenge from an efficiency, quality and cost perspective. Over the years, Rodon has garnered many of our largest customers who were doing their best to manufacture their injection molded components in-house, but found the process to problematic and inefficient.

Getting ready for technical manufacturing careers.

  
  
  
Student tour of The Rodon Group manufacturing facility and Baxter from Rethink Robotics

Filling the education gap

There has been much discussion about the need for quality STEM education and skilled workers.  Both go hand-in hand.  Many companies today complain that they can’t find people with the aptitude needed to work in a modern manufacturing facility.  Unlike many European countries, the apprenticeship opportunities in the U.S. have fallen to the wayside.  So, our high schools are filling the gaps in education and experience.  These schools are doing an outstanding job of taking on the challenge. 

STEM education in the suburban Philly region.

In the Philadelphia metro area, we are blessed to have some top notch technical high schools and programs.  We encourage these high schools students to continue their education and training in STEM related fields.  We know the opportunities in manufacturing are plentiful and financially rewarding.

The Rodon Group is always willing to host school tours of our facility.  Recently, students from the Chester County Technical College High School’s Electronics & Robotics program spent time at our factory.  The tour was led by Lowell Allen, Senior V.P. of Manufacturing and Kevin McGrath, V.P of Sales and Marketing.  The students were particularly interested in learning more about the robotic applications in manufacturing.  Our new adaptive manufacturing robot, Baxter received a great deal of attention. 







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