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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

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

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

Automation keeps American Manufacturers competitive

Posted by Paula Hynes

3/20/14 4:11 PM

There has been a great deal of fanfare over the growth in American Manufacturing.  The reasons for this change are varied.  Many point to the narrowing gap in foreign pricing, higher transportation costs and lack of intellectual property protection in foreign countries.  One of the most egregious offenders in this category is China, where we have also seen a great rise in wages and other related costs.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Manufacturing Automation and Innovation, Rethink Robotics and Baxter, Cheaper Than China

You can't shut down Manufacturing Day

Posted by Jill Worth

10/10/13 11:09 AM

While our government may have come to a standstill last week on Friday, October 4th, Manufacturing Day at The Rodon Group continued with a few last minute changes.  Absent were our local congressman and delegates from the Commerce Department.  However, we still had a great turnout including educators, workforce development professionals and local business leaders.  Our speakers included our President and CEO Michael Araten, the CEO of Bollman Hats and Founder of American Made Matters, Don Rongione as well as John Grant, Manager of Government Affairs for SPI, The Plastics Industry Trade Association. 

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Michael Araten, Manufacturing Day, Rethink Robotics and Baxter

The Rodon Group trains their latest robot, Baxter.

Posted by Paula Hynes

3/13/13 10:15 AM

Baxter, the adaptive manufacturing robot from Rethink Robotics is certainly getting a lot of press these days.  Rodney Brooks, the head of Rethink Robotics introduced Baxter at a recent TED Conference in Palo Alto, California.  These annual Technology, Entertainment and Design Conferences began in 1990 to promote “ideas worth spreading” and offered a perfect venue to demonstrate the capabilities of Baxter.

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Topics: Manufacturing Automation and Innovation, Rethink Robotics and Baxter, The Rodon Group

A New Level of Automation at The Rodon Group

Posted by Paula Hynes

3/5/13 9:51 AM

Article by James Callari at Molding Making Technology.

Rodon Group, the Hatfield, Pa. injection molder that has long relied on automation to produce parts “cheaper than China,” as its website extols, is among the first plastics processors to deploy Baxter, a new kind of robot developed by Rethink Robotics, Boston, Mass.

Rodon will be using Baxter for repetitive tasks like picking up parts off a conveyor for packaging. The robot can be "trained" by the very people it is assisting. With extra sensors to make Baxter “aware” of his surroundings, it can be deployed near people. Not bothered by heat or noise, Baxter can take on those “hard to fill” positions.

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Topics: Manufacturing Automation and Innovation, Rethink Robotics and Baxter, The Rodon Group

Rodon Adds Baxter, America’s First Adaptive Manufacturing Robot to its Automated Facility

Posted by Jill Worth

3/4/13 11:30 AM

A new manufacturing robot named Baxter has found a home at The Rodon Group. Baxter is the brainchild of Rethink Robotics of Boston, MA. This new manufacturing tool is a user-friendly robot created to help American manufacturing companies compete more effectively. The robot can be used to complete repetitive production tasks and will complement The Rodon Group’s highly automated facility. 

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

The Robots of Rodon

Posted by Paula Hynes

1/22/13 3:53 PM

Robots are not new to The Rodon Group.   We introduced the first robotics to our plastic injection presses back in 2004.  Since that time, we have expanded their use as well as their sophistication.  Today, nearly 50% of our presses utilize robots that stack and orient parts into shipping containers.  This increases plant productivity and reduces packaging waste by tripling the number of parts packed into cartons.  We utilize KEYENCE Vision Inspection systems and Mitutoyo QuickVision systems to inspect parts and maintain our high quality control standards.

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Topics: Manufacturing Automation and Innovation, Rethink Robotics and Baxter, The Rodon Group

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