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Students and STEM: Manufacturing our Future

Posted by Jill Worth

9/20/16 6:30 AM

We have all heard about the positive impacts of manufacturing on our economy, but how much do middle and high-school students really know about pursuing these well-paid jobs? At The Rodon Group, we have put a great deal of effort into getting the word out about STEM education and the long-term careers this industry provides. 

Part of our campaign involves a national event called Manufacturing Day. This annual event began in 2012.  It was the brainchild of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Manufacturers.

In its first year, the event was hosted by 200 manufacturing companies nationwide. In 2013, the event spread to over 800 manufacturing companies who conducted presentations, tours, and hands-on challenge contests.  So far, this year, nearly 1,400 have signed up, with over 65 in Pennsylvania alone.

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Topics: STEM and Manufacturing Careers, Manufacturing Day

6 Common Injection Molding Defects and How To Avoid Them

Posted by Jill Worth

9/13/16 6:30 AM

When working with any manufacturing process, a number of defects unique to that process commonly occur. This is true across many processes and industries, including injection molding and high volume injection molding.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding

15 Facts That Can’t Be Ignored About U.S. Manufacturing [Infographic]

Posted by Jill Worth

9/5/16 11:30 AM

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is "a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

There are currently 12.3 million manufacturing workers in the United States, accounting for approximately 9 percent of the U.S workforce. U.S. Manufacturing is the "driving force behind the steady economic growth, competitive advantage, innovation and high quality of life present in the United States." It has shaped the U.S. economy throughout the history of the nation. 

The growth of U.S. manufacturing over the years is certainly something to celebrate this Labor Day.  


Check out the infographic below from MP Star Financial to learn 15 facts that cant be ignored about U.S. manufacturing.

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Topics: Manufacturing, American Manufacturing and Products

Veterans Should Consider a Toolmaking Career

Posted by Jill Worth

8/31/16 10:30 AM

At Rodon, we owe a great deal of our success to the work our toolmakers do. Toolmaking is one of our primary capabilities in our manufacturing process, and our team of professional toolmakers has over 25 years of experience producing high volume plastic parts.

So what kind of person makes for a great toolmaker? This highly demanding job requires dedicated individuals who possess great technical aptitude. The search for toolmakers should surely include one subset of the population: veterans.

The Department of Labor projects, between 2014 - 2019, nearly 1.5 million service members will be transitioning from active duty into a civilian job. As a workforce, the veteran population holds numerous advantages, especially the current Iraq and Afghanistan War era, also known as the Gulf War-era II veterans. The United States military is the most technologically advanced military in the world. As such, it requires a highly technically proficient workforce. The returning veterans of today are disciplined, technologically savvy, and most have tested their skills in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Topics: Manufacturing, STEM and Manufacturing Careers

Injection Molding vs 3D Printing

Posted by Jill Worth

8/23/16 6:00 AM

Earlier last year, we discussed 3D printing. Though it has been around for quite a while, the new printing technique has only been a player in the public consciousness for about five years.

In that time, the public’s perception of what 3D printing can do has eclipsed the process’ actual capabilities. And with more recognition come more inquiries — everybody wants to explore 3D printing as an option for their next project, and are eager  to want to move on from more traditional methods, such as injection molding.

3D Printing and Injection Molding

The two processes are similar — they both primarily produce parts and components from plastic, and they are both capable of high degrees of geometric complexity. However, there are important differences as well.

One of the more appealing aspects of 3D printing is the absence of steep initial costs. Because of its need for specially tooled dies, the creation of which is an expensive process, injection molding requires considerable initial costs. Though imposing at first, these startup costs are amortized over the lifespan of the die and the production run — in large volume injection molding projects, the startup costs are amortized over more individual parts, leading to a relatively low per-part cost.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Injection Molding Costs, 3D Printing

Favorite American Brands Made in Pennsylvania

Posted by Jill Worth

8/16/16 6:30 AM

American manufacturing is alive and well in Pennsylvania.  When Secretary Clinton and other key policy makers visited us a few weeks ago, we were reminded of the important role we play, not only as a U.S. manufacturer since 1956, but first and foremost as a Pennsylvania manufacturer. 

Pennsylvania has a long history of industrial and manufacturing firsts.  Scranton, in the northeastern part of the state was the first city in America to be electrified.  Titusville, Pennsylvania was the birthplace of the oil industry.  Iron production first began in this state in 1716 and within 100 years coal was fueling industrial growth. 

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Topics: Pennsylvania Manufacturing, American Manufacturing and Products

Recycling, Plastics, and Rio de Janeiro in 2016

Posted by The Rodon Group Marketing Team

8/8/16 11:30 AM

In the weeks leading up to the start of the Rio games, the New Zealand sailing team, a strong contender for medals, had been hard at work training for a potentially race-costing scenario: a plastic bag, or other rubbish getting stuck to the boat. Guanabara Bay, where the sailing competitions will take place, is heavily and visibly polluted. Rio state officials have begun cleanup efforts that currently involve a single helicopter directing eleven rubbish collecting boats. However, they’ve also acknowledged that a real cleanup effort could take up to 20 years.

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Topics: Sustainable Manufacturing

The Presidential Campaign Comes to Hatfield, Pennsylvania

Posted by The Rodon Group Marketing Team

8/4/16 1:50 PM

The last week in July was a hot one for the Philadelphia region, but it didn’t wilt the spirits of the employees at The Rodon Group and K'NEX as they hosted Secretary Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine’s first campaign stop after the Democratic National Convention. Regardless of your party affiliation, this was a proud moment for our company, to be chosen to host this historic event, the first leg of a Presidential race never before seen in our country.

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Topics: Pennsylvania Manufacturing, American Manufacturing and Products, Made in America

Why Consider Outsourcing Your Plastic Injection Molding

Posted by Jill Worth

7/26/16 8:00 AM

Manufacturing plastic injection molded components in-house as part of an 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 be problematic and inefficient.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Injection Molding Costs

3 Case Studies for Custom Plastic Injection Molding

Posted by Jill Worth

7/19/16 6:30 AM

At Rodon, we manufacture billions of parts every year and have done so since 1956.  We are proud to have earned a reputation for being one of the best in the industry, offering high-quality, low-cost solutions. When businesses have a need for high volume, high tolerance, intricate parts, they turn to custom plastic injection molding

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing

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