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

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

Top 5 Most Common Plastic Resins for Injection Molding

Posted by Jill Worth

7/12/16 6:30 AM

The job of a plastic injection molder involves helping the client select the best available plastic material given the application. The selection and availability of various polymers has exploded over the past 30 years. Today, it can be overwhelming to figure out what the best plastic material is for your project.

When clients come to us with their designs, they often suggest a particular material, due simply to their familiarity with it. However, at The Rodon Group, we feel it’s our duty, when applicable, to suggest alternatives when they exist.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing

4 "Made in America" Buying Tips for July 4th

Posted by Jill Worth

7/4/16 5:00 AM

There is no better time than the Fourth of July to begin a "Made in America" buying tradition.  You can start by checking labels.  Nutrition labeling on food tell you what contents are in a product. Country of origin labeling tells you where the contents came from and where they were assembled. With a few exceptions, the government does not require this labeling; however companies are typically proud to display their "Made in the USA" origin. More than ever, American consumers are looking to purchase products manufactured here, support jobs throughout our country and fair working conditions, and ensure quality products.  

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Made in America

An Olympic Journey to Rio for a Rodon Family Member

Posted by Jill Worth

6/23/16 8:00 AM

“If you want to achieve your dreams you have to believe in yourself and work hard every day to achieve them. If it were easy, everyone would do it”, Matt Baranoski, Olympic Cyclist

Recently I had the honor of interviewing Matt Baranoski, a world class cyclist named to the U.S. Olympic track cycling team in March and the son of Mike Baranoski, a Design Engineer at The Rodon Group. With the Summer Games in Rio coming up in just a few months, I’m grateful that Matt was able to take some time out of his busy schedule to speak to me. You can read our conversation below. 

(Photo source: Bryn Lennon- http://www.teamusa.org/)

How and when did you get started in cycling?

My older brother wasn’t interested in baseball or football, so on a whim, my parents decided to give track cycling a try. We raced around the velodrome cycling track in Trexlertown, PA where they had free classes. I’ve been racing there ever since and the now “Valley Preferred Cycling Center” is my home away from home. I got my start on the track at 6 and at 12 I competed in my first national race and becoming the Junior National Champion. At that point, I decided to focus on cycling. I still train there and have the opportunity to meet with the younger cyclists while I’m there.

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Topics: American Spirit, The Rodon Group

Plastic Injection Molding 101: Choosing the best resin material

Posted by Jill Worth

6/7/16 6:30 AM

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 also taking a larger role in the transportation, medical and construction industries. 

Here are five requirements to keep in mind when choosing your resin:

    • The final part appearance including surface texture and transparency or color requirements
    • The part strength, flexibility or rigidity
    • The chemical or environmental (the wind, rain, cold or heat) resistance
    • Regulatory requirements that need to be met including FDA, RoHS, REACH and NSF
    • The life expectancy of the part
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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing

Honor the Fallen this Memorial Day 2016

Posted by Jill Worth

5/30/16 6:00 AM

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” — Aristotle

In honor of Memorial Day today, we'd like to share a meaningful infographic from the U.S. Air Force- Honor the Fallen.  Please take a moment to honor and remember the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. 

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Topics: American Spirit, Holidays

Top 12 Manufacturing and Plastic Industry Blogs to Follow

Posted by Jill Worth

5/24/16 9:00 AM

There is an enormous amount of content out there for us to read every day. Figuring out which of it is worthwhile of your time isn't an easy task. If you are looking to stay up-to-date, blogs are rich with helpful, educational and useful information and tips.   We hope you enjoy reading our blog and that we can help keep you informed on the topics of plastic injection molding, manufacturing and STEM careers.  

Below we've compiled 12 other manufacturing and plastics industry blogs (along with their Twitter names) to consider following on a weekly (or even daily) basis. Some of them are industry favorites, while others are our personal favorites. Let us know what you think and if you have others you'd add to our list.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Manufacturing

[eBook] An Introduction to Plastic Injection Molding

Posted by Jill Worth

5/17/16 6:30 AM

Our eBook "An Introduction to Plastic Injection Molding" was developed with designers, engineers and purchasing specialists in mind.  It is written to provide a basic understanding of plastic injection molding presses, processes and costs.  Our goal is to make our visitors and customers more knowledgeable about what goes into making a plastic part. 

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing

The Importance of Design Engineering in Plastic Injection Molding

Posted by The Rodon Group Marketing Team

5/10/16 8:00 AM

Before you can manufacture a plastic part you need to have a solid design in place. Once done, you can build an injection mold to meet the product specifications. 

The role of the Design Engineer is critical in this process. They assess the part design and make modifications and recommendations based on key product requirements including product usage and function. The engineer will need to know:

  • How will the part be used? Is it a standalone product or a component of a larger assembly?
  • What are the dimensional and tensile requirements?
  • Does the part need to withstand elements, pressure, chemicals?

A plastic injection mold design is built with these criteria in mind. Mold cavities, vents and gate placement will vary based not only on the part design but the type of resin as well. Taking all of these manufacturing factors into account is a challenging task and one that requires a strong knowledge base, not only of mold design but the injection molding process as well.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, The Rodon Group

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