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

A Big Win - Hiring Veterans for Manufacturing Careers

Posted by Paula Hynes

11/20/14 9:30 AM

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.

According to the website "The Get Skills to Work coalition wouldn't be possible without the support and partnership from Alcoa, the Atlantic Council, Boeing, Futures Inc, the Gary Sinise Foundation, GE, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, LinkedIn, Lockheed Martin, the Manufacturing Institute, TechShop, and others. The Get Skills to Work Advisory Council has also played a major role in advising the coalition from the veterans' perspective. By helping veterans qualify and get hired for new careers, we can close the skills gap and enhance America's advanced manufacturing sector."

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

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Topics: manufacturing, American Manufacturing, manufacturing careers, Gary Sinise, getskillstowork

Superheroes and STEM: 21st century cool

Posted by Jill Worth

11/18/14 11:00 AM

This past weekend I took my son to see the movie Big Hero 6.  We were at Disney World recently, and the movie was promoted all over the parks.  Needless to say, my son loves anything superhero or robot related, so this was a must see on our list.  The movie is about a young boy named Hiro who lives in a futuristic city. Hiro is a 14-year-old robotics genius who spends his time participating in back alley robot fights. His older brother, Tadashi, worried that Hiro is wasting his potential. He takes Hiro to the robotics lab at his university, where Hiro meets Tadashi's friends, and Baymax, a personal healthcare robot Tadashi created.  When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6." The movie centers on the special bond that develops between Baymax and Hiro.  

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Topics: STEM Education,, STEM careers and education

Making manufacturing a priority for America

Posted by Paula Hynes

11/13/14 7:30 AM

Be adept and adapt” has become the new mantra for many manufacturing communities.  This approach is alive and well in Montgomery County Pennsylvania where a group of manufacturers and local officials recently gathered to discuss how public and private resources can help support this vital industry sector.

This meeting underscores the recognition, throughout the nation, that American manufacturing matters.  Here are some of the top-line pointers that every manufacturing company can use.

  1. Take advantage of your local educational institutions
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Topics: American Manufacturing

United States Veterans, We Salute You

Posted by Paula Hynes

11/11/14 1:30 PM

On my morning drive, I was listening to an interview of a mother and father who lost their son in Afghanistan.  They described how the Marines came to their door late one evening to deliver the tragic news.  How they spoke of their son, their memories and their tears, reminded me of the real cost of war.  It is not measured in the total number of casualties, but the grief felt by those who loved them.  

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Topics: veteran's day

When to use a precision custom plastic injection molder

Posted by Paula Hynes

11/4/14 12:30 PM

Like anything in life, there are degrees of perfection. This is true in plastic injection molding.  Some molders specialize in lower volume parts that don’t require a high level of detail or precision.  This type of manufacturing may be suitable as some projects don’t require a perfect part based on the application.

Take disposable cutlery for instance.  Because of its “use and toss” status in this world, plastic knives and forks don’t need to maintain a high level of perfection.  They can have a bit of flash around the perimeter, and no one gives it a second thought.

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Topics: plastic injection molding,

Scary plastic part defects and how to avoid them

Posted by Paula Hynes

10/30/14 12:30 PM

When purchasing injection molded parts, it is important to understand some of the common but scary problems and defects that impact product quality.  Being familiar with these imperfections and their causes can help you work with injection molders to insure the highest quality part production is achieved.

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Topics: plastic injection molding,, plastic injection molds and presses, plastics

American Made Matters Day: A Call-to-Action for Consumers

Posted by Paula Hynes

10/28/14 12:30 PM

American Made Matters, an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products, is holding the 2nd annual American Made Matters Day on 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 holiday season to show their support for US manufacturing.

“America’s economy can only thrive and grow when we prioritize buying American,” said Pennsylvania State Representative Mindy Fee. “I’m grateful that American Made Matters encourages consumers to prioritize buying American-made products when making their holiday purchases. Let’s keep American businesses strong, and just remember that American made does matter.”

November 19th has been declared American Made Matters Day not just because of the positive impact that manufacturing has on jobs, but also on local communities, the U.S. economy, product safety, the environment, and the future of America.

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Topics: American-made products

The Pros and Cons of Cold Versus Hot Runner Molds

Posted by Paula Hynes

10/23/14 9:30 AM

Every plastic part starts in a mold.   Molds are classified into two main types, cold runner and hot runner.  Each has its advantages and disadvantages.   Your plastic injection molder will be able to give you the costs and benefits of using these different systems.  However, by understanding the key differences of these technologies, you can have a more educated discussion on the type of mold that would best fit your project. 

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Topics: plastic injection molds and presses

Remaining an environmentally sustainable business

Posted by Jill Worth

10/16/14 10:00 AM

In today’s world, the green movement is more important than ever. No matter what the industry, it’s a company’s duty 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.

The Rodon Group is committed to environmental sustainability. The company's green initiatives make it a leader in the plastics industry. Its manufacturing process minimizes packaging, transportation costs, waste, water consumption and energy.

Consider this example: in manufacturing just one of the more than 600 unique K'NEX parts, 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 offered a returnable/reusable packaging program to further reduce cardboard use. All scrap is reused and recycled and we use only non toxic colorants and resins.

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Topics: Sustainable Manufacturing

Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Future

Posted by Paula Hynes

10/7/14 11:30 AM

On Friday, October 3rd, we celebrated the third annual Manufacturing Day with over 1,600 fellow manufacturing companies throughout the United States.  Our event, “Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Future”, focused on the government’s role in supporting, nurturing and growing our manufacturing sector.  Our speakers came from various federal agencies and included Dr. Phillip Singerman, head of Manufacturing Extension Partnerships and Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology,  Dr. Sue Helper, Chief Economist at the Department of Commerce, and Catherine Werner from Select USA

Our morning program focused on the importance of STEM skills and education.  We hosted three area school groups who met with K'NEX founder Joel Glickman and toured the facility.

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Topics: Manufacturing Day

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