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

The Benefits of Turnkey Manufacturing: Discounted Prices, Greater Quality

Posted by The Rodon Group Marketing Team

2/17/17 11:17 AM

When partnering with a turnkey manufacturer, customers begin with a new design and end with a final, finished product ready for immediate use. Design, toolmaking, production, packing, shipping, and all other details are managed by a single, experienced contractor. The end user simply needs to “turn the key” and start using the product.

Read More

Topics: Manufacturing

How Your Business Will Benefit From a Turnkey Manufacturer

Posted by Jill Worth

10/18/16 9:15 AM

What Exactly is Turnkey Manufacturing?

Turnkey manufacturing is a full-service manufacturing process in which one company sees through all aspects of a client’s project — from design to tooling to quality control to packing and shipping, leaving the customer with a finished, ready-to-use product.

There are numerous benefits to turnkey manufacturing, from cost savings to streamlined communication. Below, we’ll explore some of these advantages.

Shorter Production Times

In the constantly evolving world of manufacturing, “time is money” rings just as true as it did years ago. When multiple firms are working on one project, miscommunication and disorganization are much more likely, which often results in delays. Turnkey services, however, can significantly cut down on production times as all communication and coordination are streamlined and contained within one team at one company.

An experienced turnkey provider will have an established system in place and an organized team that can get jobs completed efficiently, safely, and on-time. If issues or setbacks do arise, it’s much easier for just one company to tackle them.

Read More

Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing, Manufacturing

15 Facts That Can’t Be Ignored About U.S. Manufacturing [Infographic]

Posted by Jill Worth

9/5/16 11:30 AM

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is "a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

There are currently 12.3 million manufacturing workers in the United States, accounting for approximately 9 percent of the U.S workforce. U.S. Manufacturing is the "driving force behind the steady economic growth, competitive advantage, innovation and high quality of life present in the United States." It has shaped the U.S. economy throughout the history of the nation. 

The growth of U.S. manufacturing over the years is certainly something to celebrate this Labor Day.  

Check out the infographic below from MP Star Financial to learn 15 facts that cant be ignored about U.S. manufacturing.

Read More

Topics: Manufacturing, American Manufacturing and Products

Veterans Should Consider a Toolmaking Career

Posted by Jill Worth

8/31/16 10:30 AM

At Rodon, we owe a great deal of our success to the work our toolmakers do. Toolmaking is one of our primary capabilities in our manufacturing process, and our team of professional toolmakers has over 25 years of experience producing high volume plastic parts.

So what kind of person makes for a great toolmaker? This highly demanding job requires dedicated individuals who possess great technical aptitude. The search for toolmakers should surely include one subset of the population: veterans.

The Department of Labor projects, between 2014 - 2019, nearly 1.5 million service members will be transitioning from active duty into a civilian job. As a workforce, the veteran population holds numerous advantages, especially the current Iraq and Afghanistan War era, also known as the Gulf War-era II veterans. The United States military is the most technologically advanced military in the world. As such, it requires a highly technically proficient workforce. The returning veterans of today are disciplined, technologically savvy, and most have tested their skills in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Read More

Topics: Manufacturing, STEM and Manufacturing Careers

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.

** If you're not a regular subscriber to our blog, please consider doing so by filling out the brief form just to the top right of this post.  Thank you!**

Read More

Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Manufacturing

Understanding the hidden risks in an offshore supply chain  + [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Jill Worth

3/7/16 5:00 AM

There are many risks involved in selecting an OEM suppliers. Understanding them is essential to running a successful business. In our white paper "Hidden Risks in Your Offshore Supply Chain", we’ll examine three strategic areas to include in your supplier selection process: Cost, Scheduling, and Compliance.


Cost is not just the final price you pay for a part. Cost also includes shipping, time to market delays, quality control checks as well as labor. Cheap foreign labor is becoming more expensive.  Offshore suppliers face a more demanding workforce. And, today’s consumers are demanding that suppliers provide improved working conditions and pay. All of this is driving up the unit cost of goods sold.

Are you aware of the hidden risks associated with your offshore supply chain?  Download our new PDF guide

Read More

Topics: Manufacturing, Reshoring, Supply Chain

NIST/MEP's Workforce Tips for Manufacturers

Posted by Manufacturing Innovation Blog

2/16/16 10:30 AM

This article written by Mary Ann Pacelli at the Manufacturing Extension Partnership originally appeared on the NIST/MEP blog on November 12, 2015.

As a manufacturer, you don’t want workers – you want company ambassadors. Workers are individuals who show up and get their tasks done. Company ambassadors are a team of employees who are enthusiastic about their careers, and they are inspired and empowered to proactively help your business grow.

Company ambassadors are innovative and are confident in their ability to achieve excellence. They serve as cheerleaders for your company to the outside public. You can guide your workers into becoming company ambassadors through workforce development initiatives.

Read More

Topics: Manufacturing

The Importance of Quality Certifications in Manufacturing

Posted by The Rodon Group Marketing Team

2/4/16 10:30 AM

In the past, many businesses operated on the assumption that their vendors were in compliance with the latest rules and regulations regarding their industry.Technology and materials were limited, so buyers worked with manufacturers who could produce the best product often without clearly defined quality guidelines or parameters.

Read More

Topics: Plastic Manufacturing, Manufacturing

[eBook + Infographic] How to Manufacture a Perfect Plastic Part

Posted by Jill Worth

2/1/16 1:36 PM

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 and Manufacturing

Read More

Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Manufacturing

Innovative Robotics and End-of-Arm Tooling

Posted by The Rodon Group Marketing Team

1/25/16 5:00 AM

Speed and efficiency in plastic injection molding equate to cost savings. So, it is no surprise that robots play an important role in improving the manufacturing process. From simple sprue pickers to complex automated End-of-Arm Tooling (EOAT), the industry is taking advantage of this automation trend. 

Read More

Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Manufacturing

Subscribe to Our Blog