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

Giving Thanks for Our Employees, Customers, and Suppliers

Posted by Paula Hynes

11/23/15 5:00 PM

There are many people that contribute to the success of our business.  First, there are the employees who come to work every day to give their best.  Some work in manufacturing making the finest injection molded products available.  Others use their engineering skills to create innovative part designs.  And the craftsmen, our tool makers, build precision and quality with hardened steel.  Of course we can’t forget our support staff, the folks that keep the plant going, keep our customers happy, our quality standards high and make sure inventory is on hand and ships on demand.

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Topics: Holidays

An Alliance Focused on the Future of Manufacturing

Posted by Paula Hynes

11/19/15 11:30 AM

During a recent quarterly meeting of the Manufacturing Alliance of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, business leaders gathered to discuss key issues impacting the local manufacturing climate.

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Topics: Manufacturing

American Made Matters Day: A Celebration for the Holiday Season

Posted by Jill Worth

11/17/15 5:00 AM

American Made Matters, an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products, is holding the 3rd annual American Made Matters Day tomorrow, November 19th. The purpose of the event is for consumers to buy at least one U.S.-made product on this day, and to encourage consumers to buy made-in-USA products throughout the upcoming 2015 holiday season to show their support for U.S. manufacturing.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products

A Win for Everyone - Hiring Veterans for Manufacturing Careers

Posted by The Rodon Group Marketing Team

11/11/15 9:19 AM

Today we honor and celebrate all of our men and women Veterans and thank them for their dedication and service to our country.  

Hiring veterans is the focus of the Get Skills to Work coalition, a collaboration sponsored by General Electric that combines manufacturers, educational institutions, and veterans advocates to prepare our soldiers for manufacturing careers. The coalition is part of Fast Track for Heroes, sponsored by the U.S., a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce Foundation. 

According to the website "Get Skills to Work is a coalition of manufacturing companies and community and technical colleges committed to recruiting, training, and retaining veterans in long-term careers in advanced manufacturing and other disciplines. Get Skills to Work reached more than 100,000 veterans with resources to help them prepare for and enter into advanced manufacturing careers. The founding partners included GE, Alcoa, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Manufacturing Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, LinkedIn, TechShop, the Gary Sinise Foundation, the VA Center for Innovation (VACI) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and more.  "

In this video, Gary Sinise describes the mission of the program: 

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Topics: Manufacturing, STEM and Manufacturing Careers

How to Select the Best Resin for Your Plastic Injection Part

Posted by Paula Hynes

11/10/15 5:00 PM

The number of polymer compounds has grown over the past 20 years.  As a result, plastics are being used in more applications than ever before.  These materials are gaining a reputation for strength and endurance.  Combine these improvements with the advantages of corrosion resistance and aesthetic appeal and plastics are taking center stage in the manufacturing of many consumer and industrial components.  Due to their versatility, strength and light weight characteristics, plastics are taking a larger role in the transportation, medical and construction industries. 

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing

The Heavy Truth about Injection Molds

Posted by The Rodon Group Marketing Team

11/5/15 5:30 AM

Seven hundred pounds of hardened stainless steel. That’s the average weight of an injection mold. Some can weigh over a ton, some just a few hundred pounds, but any way you slice it, you certainly wouldn’t want one to fall on your foot.

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

Apprenticeship Week, Restoring the Link between Hard Work and Opportunity

Posted by Paula Hynes

11/3/15 3:00 PM

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Topics: Manufacturing, STEM

New eBook - How to Manufacture a Perfect Plastic Part

Posted by Paula Hynes

10/29/15 8:59 AM

Manufacturing high-quality plastic injection molded parts takes a lot of attention to detail. There are four key factors that determine if a large-volume project will go smoothly. They include:

       Part Design -- Tool Design and Build -- Material Selection -- Manufacturing

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Manufacturing

The Robot Zombie Apocalypse

Posted by Paula Hynes

10/27/15 1:24 PM

The mere mention of robots taking over manufacturing sends apocalyptic terror throughout the factory. Tales of an army of zombie robots replacing workers may sell news stories, but it is far from the truth.There are many key differences between robots and zombies.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Rethink Robotics and Baxter

What the Millennial Generation Thinks About Manufacturing

Posted by The Rodon Group Marketing Team

10/22/15 8:57 AM

There has been a great deal of attention paid to the skills gap facing American manufacturers. The primary mission of last month's Manufacturing Day was to "addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t."

We all know that many young people shy away from STEM education and they have a distorted, grimy, perception of manufacturing employment and careers.

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Topics: STEM and Manufacturing Careers

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