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

Buy American-Made Products and Boost Employment [VIDEO]

Posted by Paula Hynes

5/21/15 8:00 AM

Once in a while, you find a video that is so well done, so compelling, that you must share. This video, from American Made Matters is a great example. It will make you think twice about where products are made; knowing that the simple act of buying American-made products can have a profound impact on our economy.  It's all about creating jobs. Jobs that are secure and well-paying. Jobs that can help re-build our middle class.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Made in America, Manufacturing Automation and Innovation

Join us in NYC for the Design & Manufacturing show

Posted by Jill Worth

5/20/15 2:00 PM

The Atlantic Design & Manufacturing Show is coming up in a few weeks (June 9-11 at the Javits Center in NYC), and we're getting ready to attend and exhibit at the show.  It's a show that we find worthwhile and one that we wouldn't miss. This well-attended show offers visitors a wealth of information, events, and exhibits.

The show is a composite of several shows that are focused on the plastics manufacturing industry. 

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Topics: Manufacturing

The Maker Movement Inspires a Generation [article + infographic]

Posted by Adam Robinson

5/19/15 8:00 AM

This article written by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager at Cerasis, originally appeared on the Cerasis blog on March 27, 2015

What is the "Maker Movement"?

The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. The subculture stresses a cut-and-paste approach to standardized hobbyist technologies, and encourages cookbook re-use of designs published on websites and maker-oriented publications. There is a strong focus on using and learning practical skills and applying them to reference designs.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Made in America

5 Spring-Cleaning Tips for U.S. Manufacturers

Posted by Manufacturing Innovation Blog

5/14/15 10:00 AM

This article written by Mark Troppe, Manager of Strategic Partnerships at NIST/MEP, originally appeared on the NIST/MEP blog on April 17, 2015

Spring has always been my favorite time of year. The flowers are out again in full bloom, it’s time to plant the garden, and baseball season is here again – Go Nationals!
My absolute favorite is spring-cleaning. Spring-cleaning provides me with the perfect opportunity to address all of the chores punted throughout the winter, go through and organize all the piles, and give my house a makeover. Spring-cleaning 2015 is proving to be a great success; the household is refreshed and renewed! 

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products

Plastic Part Design and Manufacturability

Posted by Paula Hynes

5/12/15 9:00 AM

There are four key factors that go into making a high-quality plastic injection molded part: part design, tool building, material selection and manufacturing.

In this article, we will start at the beginning of the process, with the part design.

The process of plastic injection molding is designed to produce precision parts at a low cost.  The part design must be developed to maximize the efficiency inherent in high-volume molding.  With the right design, parts can be made consistently and with quality.  Without a good design, costly processing mistakes can be made.

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Topics: Plastic Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Plastic Injection Molds and Presses

Engineering your way to the top

Posted by Paula Hynes

5/7/15 7:00 AM

Female engineers who have achieved top jobs at major companies

Fortune Magazine is known for keeping track of how executives and business leaders rank against their peers.  In a recent look at the Fortune 1000, they found that 51 of these companies were led by women; still a small percentage, but an improvement over 2009.  And while only 5% of these companies have females in the top job, their companies generate 7% of the Fortune 1000 revenue.

These executive women lead some impressive companies including IBM, General Motors, PepsiCo, Lockheed Martin, DuPont, Archer Daniels Midland and Fidelity Investments to name a few.  And many share one other common trait, they have engineering backgrounds.  In fact, 4 out of the 5 top female CEOs in the U.S. have at least an undergraduate degree in a STEM field.

Let’s take a look at some of these impressive leaders

Ginni Rometty

IBM CEO, President and Chairman, Ginni Rometty, began her education with a double major in computer science and electrical engineering at Northwestern University.   Spending most of her professional career at IBM,  Rometty held positions on increasing responsibility until being named the company’s first female president in 2012.

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The importance of women in STEM

Posted by Jill Worth

5/5/15 10:30 AM

As an American manufacturer and a family-owned business, we are constantly looking for ways to support the future of not only our company, but other American manufacturers. We know the impact of STEM education on today's youth and often provide high school and college tours to students who are interested in careers in STEM related fields.  We bring students in with their educators, and often other administrators to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  

It's a wonderful thing to see their eyes light up as we tour them through our automated facility and listen as they ask questions about machinery, robotics, plastic, processes and more.  The majority of the students are curious, interested, excited.  The majority of the students are also male. As a mother to a daughter who is interested in a career in engineering, I know how important it is to get girls involved in these opportunities early on.  So what can we do to help nurture these young women and help set them up for a successful career? 

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding

Top Injection Molding Questions for The Rodon Group

Posted by Paula Hynes

5/1/15 9:00 AM

We often field phone calls from inventors or product designers who are looking for a plastic injection resource.  While, that is our core business, it is important to understand the difference between The Rodon Group and other small injection molding companies.

We specialize in high-precision, high-volume projects (we're talking millions, here).  To get a better understanding of the capabilities of The Rodon Group, we created a Q & A filled with useful information.

What are the minimum quantities you can order?

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Injection Molding Costs, Plastic Injection Molds and Presses, The Rodon Group

What do cars and caps have in common?

Posted by Paula Hynes

4/30/15 9:00 AM

Drum-roll please……and the answer is.....PLASTIC.

The use of plastic in our daily lives is ubiquitous.  There are very few common household items that are manufactured without it.  From non-stick coatings in pans to the pipes in our plumbing, plastic has made our lives easier by improving product performance and strength.

So, it is not surprising that the future for looks bright for this 21 century phenomena.  Research and development on the formation and application of plastics is responsible for some very high-tech innovations. 

Let’s first take a look at the compounding or making of plastic materials.  Once the domain of petroleum derivatives, companies throughout the globe are investing in “green” alternatives called bioplastics.  Bioplastics can made from many organic sources including soy beans, sugar cane and algae.  Algae is one of the most abundant resources on the planet.  All I need to do is look at the siding on my house to be reminded of this fact. 

According to Wikipedia, “Bioplastics are more sustainable because they can break down in the environment faster than fossil-fuel plastics, which can take more than 100 years. Some, but not all, bioplastics are designed to biodegrade depending on how they are manufactured. Some common applications of bioplastics are packaging materials, dining utensils, food packaging, and insulation.”

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing

The"Made in China" Era Could Be Coming to an End

Posted by Jill Worth

4/28/15 10:00 AM

The “Made in China” era may be coming to an end, as costs and wages in China substantially rise and manufacturing moves back to the United States. In March, activity in China’s manufacturing sectors has hit an 11-month low as new orders shrank for consecutive months. The Chinese manufacturing cost advantage gap is very minimal compared to what it was 10 years ago.

Today, the United States is producing more jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s. According to The Reshoring Initiative, an estimated 50,000 jobs have moved back over the last three years. American companies, like Apple and General Motors, are reinvesting their money back into the U.S. economy by building new production plants across the country.

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Topics: Manufacturing

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