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Top 3 Predictions for the Future of Robotics

Posted by Jill Worth

1/28/16 11:00 AM

Portions of this post originally appeared on the Design News blog

In a recent article from American Express Open Forum, our CEO and President Michael Araten spoke about what it’s like to hire a robot, in particular, Baxter, a collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics. We've had Baxter at our facility for almost 3 years and were one of the first plastic injection molding companies in the U.S. to use him. The article states “employing a mix of human and robotic employees could become a more mainstream staffing strategy among businesses in the near future.”Robots such as Baxter can also help companies save money and increase productivity. At Rodon, robotics and automation have given us a competitive edge, especially against overseas manufacturers. A robot such as Baxter can work 24/7, has no need for benefits or breaks and can be taught a task within minutes. 

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Topics: Manufacturing Automation and Innovation, Rethink Robotics and Baxter

5 Manufacturing Leaders Who Contributed to Today's Advancements

Posted by Jill Worth

1/21/16 10:00 AM

Dr. Martin Luther King's contributions to the advancement of civil rights in this country defines the word "leadership". He was a visionary leader who was deeply committed to achieving social justice through nonviolent means. 

In celebration of Dr.King's birthday this past Monday, we thought we'd highlight past leaders in the manufacturing world who made very different but equally important contributions to today's advanced technologies.  Each of them had their own unique leadership styles with one important trait in common; they were all visionaries. They each saw the potential of creating a better, more efficient system or machine to complete a task. While the official “Industrial Revolution” may be over, our society still benefits from the work of these current day visionaries. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Automation and Innovation

What Will a Future Full of Robots Look Like?

Posted by Guest Post

9/17/15 5:00 AM

This article from Design News originally appeared on the Design News blog on August 7, 2015

Robots have long been a source of fear and fascination, and Hollywood has always swung from one extreme to the other. Movies such as “I, Robot” portend a terrible future in which robots strip humans of their own free will, while “Chappie” praises robots as humanity’s final hope to avoid extinction. Robots in film have straddled the line between saviors and villains for years, leaving us to wonder what a world filled with robots would actually be like.

Important questions remain regarding the future of robots. Just how beneficial are they to society? Concerns have materialized as robots threaten the job security of humans everywhere. An Oxford University study predicts that 47% of US jobs could be automated within the next 20 years.

As frightening as that sounds, robotic automation is happening — fast. An estimated $1.5 billion market for consumer and business robots will emerge by 2019, growing seven times faster than the market for manufacturing robots. Like it or not, robots will continue to play an increasingly important role in our daily lives.

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Topics: Manufacturing Automation and Innovation

Engineering students make the simple complex at the Rube Goldberg contest

Posted by Paula Hynes

8/25/15 7:00 AM

High schools and colleges throughout the country pay tribute to Rube Goldberg’s legacy every year though The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.  According to the contest website “The Rube Goldberg Machine Contests bring Goldberg's cartoons to life as a way of helping students transcend traditional ways of looking at problems, taking them into the intuitive chaotic realm of imagination. The resulting inventions are collections of bits and pieces, parts of now useless machines, cobbled together to achieve an innovative imaginative, yet somehow logical contraption to meet the annual contest challenge.”

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, STEM and Manufacturing Careers, Manufacturing Automation and Innovation, The Rodon Group, Rube Goldberg Contest

Can Robots + Humans = the Ideal Workforce? 

Posted by Jill Worth

7/9/15 9:30 AM

Portions of this article were written by Jeff Green, Social Media Manager at Rethink Robotics and appeared on their blog

In a recent article from American Express Open Forum, our CEO and President Michael Araten spoke about what it’s like to hire a robot, in particular, Baxter, a collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics. The article states “employing a mix of human and robotic employees could become a more mainstream staffing strategy among small businesses in the near future.”


Robots such as Baxter can also help companies save money and increase productivity. At Rodon, robotics and automation have given us a competitive edge, especially against overseas manufacturers. A robot such as Baxter can work 24/7, has no need for benefits or breaks and can be taught a task within minutes.  "The employees love it. They've personalized the machine, and it feels like you're living in the future when you have a friendly-looking robot working alongside you," Araten says. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Automation and Innovation, Rethink Robotics and Baxter

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

Innovation Hubs Revitalize American Manufacturing

Posted by Paula Hynes

4/14/15 2:00 PM

The great recession underscored some inherent weaknesses in the U.S. supply chain.  We have an employment skills gap, an uncoordinated approach to nurturing innovation, and an export imbalance.  Since 2011, the federal government focused on changing this paradigm and made American manufacturing a priority.  Under the guidance of the Department of Commerce/NIST, they developed an infrastructure with dedicated funding to rebuild our manufacturing sector. 

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

White House Makes Manufacturing Innovation a Priority

Posted by Paula Hynes

1/30/15 10:33 AM

The great recession underscored some inherent weaknesses in the U.S. supply chain.  We have an employment skills gap, an uncoordinated approach to nurturing innovation, and an export imbalance.  Since 2011, the federal government focused on changing this paradigm and made American manufacturing a priority.  Under the guidance of the Department of Commerce/NIST, they developed an infrastructure with dedicated funding to rebuild our manufacturing sector. 

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

Create Jobs, Buy American Made

Posted by Paula Hynes

9/9/14 10:00 AM

 

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

Material Requirement Planning system improves manufacturing efficiency

Posted by Paula Hynes

7/16/14 9:45 AM

Like many companies, The Rodon Group recognizes our customers are our most valuable asset.  We pride ourselves on the ability to develop end-to-end manufacturing solutions that meet their demands on time, every time.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Injection Molding Basics, Manufacturing Automation and Innovation, Plastic Injection Molds and Presses

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