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The Rodon Blog - A Focus on American Manufacturing and Plastic Injection Molding

White House Makes Manufacturing Innovation a Priority

Posted by Paula Hynes

1/30/15 10:33 AM

The great recession underscored some inherent weaknesses in the U.S. supply chain.  We have an employment skills gap, an uncoordinated approach to nurturing innovation, and an export imbalance.  Since 2011, the federal government focused on changing this paradigm and made American manufacturing a priority.  Under the guidance of the Department of Commerce/NIST, they developed an infrastructure with dedicated funding to rebuild our manufacturing sector. 

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Topics: manufacturing, American Manufacturing, Made in America, Manufacturing automation and innovation, national network for manufacturing innovation

Sustainability in plastics manufacturing

Posted by Jill Worth

1/27/15 11:30 AM

In today’s world, the green movement is more important than ever. No matter what the industry, it’s a company’s responsibility to make changes and choices that support the environment.When you’re looking for a plastic injection molding company, there are several things you can check for to be sure you’ll be working with an environmentally responsible business.

Certification
ISO 9001 Certification is a way for companies to keep a close eye on their production processes. Meeting the International Standards for Quality Management ensures the company has been thoroughly audited and is fully in control of its’ procedures so that no part of the production process “slips through the cracks.”

Waste Reduction
Make sure the company you work with is minimizing waste. During the molding process, excess plastic is generated. What does the company you work with do with it? Look for a company that has a system to recycle all excess plastic.

What about boxes? The efforts of cardboard recycling make a huge difference. At Rodon, we conserve 150 tons of cardboard per year, enough to fill 3000 cubic yards of landfill space or 3 football fields about a foot deep!  Using servo robots to incrementally stack parts, we reduce part distortion while tripling or quadrupling the number of parts packed into the same size carton. Rodon's customers are also offered a returnable/reusable packaging program to further reduce cardboard use

How is the virgin resin delivered? Ideally, it should be delivered in bulk and loaded into silos, minimizing the need for packaging. Find out how your plastic injection molding company has its’ raw materials delivered.

Plastics Today interviews Rodon's Sr. VP  on energy efficiency in plastic injection molding


"Landfill-Free" Facilities and Energy from Waste

Did you know that waste could generate energy? Energy-from-waste technology is now available through companies like Sustainable Waste Solutions, LLC, (SWS). In fact, Rodon was one of the first molding facilities to be designated as a "Landfill-Free Facility" by SWS. This means all of our waste gets processed into electricity. SWS generates enough electricity from waste to power tens of thousands of homes per day. 

Non-Toxic Materials
Look for companies that use only non toxic colorants and resins. All lubricants and cleaners used in processing should be non‐toxic as well.  At Rodon, we run FDA‐regulated products, uses resin sources certified by FDA, RoHS, REACH, and NSF. 

Local Vs. Overseas Shipping

Questions to ask are, is the company importing materials or shipping production overseas? Or, is all work done here in the U.S.A.? Where do they get their colorant and other supplies? The more businesses can keep things local, the better.

Waste Minimizing Technology
The most eco-friendly plastic injection molding companies employ state-of-the-art machinery to assist them in minimizing waste, transportation, and packaging. The Rodon Group was able to go from packing 750 parts to 4500 parts per box by implementing a robotic packing system. Now, 15,700 fewer boxes are being used and 13 less trailers are on the road. Additionally, plastic waste is eliminated from the molding process through the use of high-tech equipment that transports it to a grinder so that it can be re-used.

A plastic injection molding company that thinks green is "landfill-free," and has the right certification, waste reduction, transportation and technology in place to minimize the impact on our planet. As a business owner, it’s your job to ask the right questions and make sure the company you work with is sustainable.

Check out our video on how we remain a sustainable manufacturer: 

 

 

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Topics: plastic injection molding,, Sustainable Manufacturing

The Whole Truth About 3D Printing

Posted by Paula Hynes

1/22/15 11:00 AM

3D printing or additive manufacturing has been around for decades.  But it hasn’t been until the last five years that the hype has exceeded the reality of what this technology can do.  After reading many articles from industry insiders, we've collected some key takeaways on the current and future trends for this manufacturing technique.

Where 3D printing really shines

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Topics: plastic injection molding,, plastic manufacturing, The Rodon Group,, 3D printing

Plastic injection molding in everyday items

Posted by Jill Worth

1/20/15 2:56 PM

Increasing use of thermoplastics in manufacturing took place during the middle of the past century, coming on especially strong during the war years, 1940-45, where many applications substituted the use of plastics for metal.  Even in the sixties it was a booming and yet still infant, emerging technology.  The 1967 movie, "The Graduate," starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, made a powerful reference to the promise that plastics held in the American economy when, upon college graduation, the character Benjamin Braddock received a one-word piece of advice from a family friend.  "Plastics," he was told, as if this material was destined to be the next great breakthrough, which it was.

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Topics: injection molding,, plastic injection molding,, plastics, The Rodon Group,

Improve Efficiency with a Material Requirement Planning system

Posted by Paula Hynes

1/15/15 11:30 AM

Like many companies, The Rodon Group recognizes our customers are our most valuable asset.  We pride ourselves on the ability to develop end-to-end manufacturing solutions that meet their demands on time, every time.

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Topics: plastic injection molding,, The Rodon Group,, jit inventory management, material requirement planning system

Manufacturing Trends from New ThomasNet Survey

Posted by Paula Hynes

1/13/15 10:30 AM

Every year ThomasNet conducts their Industry Market Barometer® which defines the business trends impacting manufacturing companies. This year's survey subtitle was "Will progress be sustainable without an infusion of younger workers?"  The summary of the report indicates that manufacturing companies are projecting upward trends and continuing to grow, hire and add new products.  "More than half (58%) of the companies surveyed grew in 2013 and 63% expect to grow by the end of 2014."  However, growth may be impeded by a lack of skilled workers.  Here is a sampling of their findings.

Not only have manufacturers experienced steady grow, but they expect the trend to continue.

 

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Topics: manufacturing, manufacturing careers

A New Year's Resolution for All Americans

Posted by Jill Worth

1/8/15 10:00 AM

Typically I don't make New Year's resolutions. Maybe that s because I never seem to be able to keep them, but now I know I'm not alone in this.  According to a study at the University of Scranton, only a tiny fraction of us actually keep our resolutions.  Their research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals.  I guess I'm considered in the majority here. 

What if for once we came up with a resolution that was easy to keep and benefited our country at the same time?  Sounds great, right? As a consumer, think about all of the purchases you make every year.  All that "stuff" that we, as Americans love to buy.  A lot of that "stuff" is sadly not made in this country, however the U.S manufacturing revival is happening and every week, American entrepreneurs are coming up with new ideas of things to make here. The problem is most people have no clue how to look for it or where to buy it.  We can help with that. 

According to the website Made in the USA.com,  “If every American spent an extra $3.33 on U.S.-made products, it would create almost 10,000 new jobs. And, if every builder used just 5 percent more U.S.-made products, it would create 220,000 jobs.” It is clear, that each one of us can have a positive impact on our economy by simply making the decision to buy products made at home.

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Topics: American Manufacturing, Made in America, American-made products

2014 Top Articles on Plastic Injection Molding

Posted by Paula Hynes

1/6/15 11:30 AM

The Rodon Group was busy in 2014 providing information to help companies make better decisions about their plastic manufacturing.  With nearly 80 articles on our blog post, we covered a lot of territory.  

So, we thought we would take a moment to highlight our top sellers; the articles that got the greatest response from our readers.

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Topics: plastic injection molds and presses

A little holiday humor

Posted by Paula Hynes

12/23/14 9:50 AM

A little holiday humor from The Rodon Group
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Topics: The Rodon Group,, happy holidays

Planning for 2015: Benefits of manufacturing in the U.S.

Posted by Jill Worth

12/22/14 11:30 AM

In the 1900s, the United States was booming. Companies set up shop on American soil and hired well-educated, motivated American workers to manufacture and sell their products. More recently, free trade and an ever-globalizing economy have encouraged American businesses to move their manufacturing facilities overseas, where they can employ less expensive labor with fewer regulations and ultimately sell their products to the end consumer at a lower price. At first glance, lower prices appear to be a good thing, a way of getting more products into the hands of more people more rapidly. However, a closer look reveals there are still many benefits of manufacturing in the U.S. vs. overseas.

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Topics: American Manufacturing, American vs overseas manufacturing, plastic injection molding costs, reshoring, The Rodon Group,

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