The world is full of creative people with creative ideas. Crowd sourcing websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo can help entrepreneurs refine their products and raise capital. But what happens when these designers and engineers want to take their ideas to market? They need to determine the processes required to manufacturer their invention. Even the largest companies with a wide range of resources might not truly understand about the injection molding process and how important it is that a part be designed for manufacturability.
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.
There was a lot to celebrate this past Friday at The Rodon Group. Back in 2011, we hosted our first Manufacturing Day event. We were one of about 200 companies throughout the country to open our doors to students, educators and parents. Last Friday, we hosted our sixth Manufacturing Day and were joined by over 2,650 other companies and organizations. The message has certainly become loud and clear over the years; Manufacturing Day has struck a chord with the public and continues to grow every year.
Anyone who is involved in the world of plastic injection molding knows that it can often be a complex and confusing process. With over 60 years of experience and expertise in the industry, The Rodon Group has developed several eBooks and white paper on our website for those looking to expand their knowledge of this manufacturing process.
Plastic injection molding has a language all it’s own and with so many unique terms it can be difficult to learn the language. We put together a list of the top terms to know when discussing plastic injection molding, mold parts, materials, and problems. We hope you find this to be a useful resource.
We have all heard about the positive impacts of manufacturing on our economy, but how much do middle and high-school students really know about pursuing these well-paid jobs? At The Rodon Group, we have put a great deal of effort into getting the word out about STEM education and the long-term careers this industry provides.
Part of our campaign involves a national event called Manufacturing Day. This annual event began in 2012. It was the brainchild of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Manufacturers.
In its first year, the event was hosted by 200 manufacturing companies nationwide. In 2013, the event spread to over 800 manufacturing companies who conducted presentations, tours, and hands-on challenge contests. So far, this year, nearly 1,400 have signed up, with over 65 in Pennsylvania alone.
When working with any manufacturing process, a number of defects unique to that process commonly occur. This is true across many processes and industries, including injection molding and high volume injection molding.
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.
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.
Earlier last year, we discussed 3D printing. Though it has been around for quite a while, the new printing technique has only been a player in the public consciousness for about five years.
In that time, the public’s perception of what 3D printing can do has eclipsed the process’ actual capabilities. And with more recognition come more inquiries — everybody wants to explore 3D printing as an option for their next project, and are eager to want to move on from more traditional methods, such as injection molding.
3D Printing and Injection Molding
The two processes are similar — they both primarily produce parts and components from plastic, and they are both capable of high degrees of geometric complexity. However, there are important differences as well.
One of the more appealing aspects of 3D printing is the absence of steep initial costs. Because of its need for specially tooled dies, the creation of which is an expensive process, injection molding requires considerable initial costs. Though imposing at first, these startup costs are amortized over the lifespan of the die and the production run — in large volume injection molding projects, the startup costs are amortized over more individual parts, leading to a relatively low per-part cost.