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.
The Rodon Group — an industry-leading plastic injection molding company with more than 60 years of experience began offering innovative window and door solutions in 2010. Today, we’re proud to have these products represented by Industrial Sales Corporation (ISC), the industry’s premier representative firm to the fenestration industry.
The 47th anniversary of Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. As the Earth Day organization moves closer to its 50th anniversary in 2020, each year they launch a series of bold themes and initiatives. This year's theme is "Environmental and Climate Literacy. According to the Earth Day website, "Before we can solve the dire environmental threats facing us in the 21st century, we must build a global citizenry knowledgeable in environmental science and fluent in local and global ecological issues." You can learn more about the Earth Day 50 initiatives in the video below and on their website at http://www.earthday.org/earthday/countdown-to-2020/
Although metal-to-plastic conversion was introduced in the 1950s, with the invention of engineering-grade resins, many manufacturers today are unfamiliar with the advantages of this versatile technique.
The need for talented manufacturing students is great
Last month, two of our Design Engineers at Rodon, attended an annual local event called "Manufest". Manufest began a few years ago as a way to get high school students interested in careers in manufacturing and to provide them with an opportunity to learn about manufacturing companies and the types of jobs available to them after they graduate. This particular event was sponsored by the Montgomery County Commerce Department/Montco Works in partnership with the Bucks/Montco Alliance, Bucks County Workforce Development Board, Montgomery County Community College, and the MidAtlantic Employers' Association.
Speed and efficiency in plastic injection molding equate to cost savings. So, it is no surprise that robots play a significant 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.
As we discussed in the first part of this blog series, turnkey manufacturers provide a one-stop shop for customers in search of quality custom parts; the process begins with a new design and ends with a final product requiring only “the turn of a key” to get started. Design, tooling, production, packing, and shipping are all managed in one place, by a single team of experts. Material selection, professional sourcing, and even invoicing are streamlined for low pricing, high quality, and optimal efficiency.
The Rodon Group is proud to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website. Based on both customer and employee feedback, we’ve streamlined and enhanced our site using the latest technology to provide the best possible user experience for our customers and fellow industry professionals.
With new user-friendly, intuitive design and various new educational resources, we’ve made it easier than ever to get started on your next high-volume project.
Let’s take a look at some of the new features our new website has to offer:
While plastic injection molders will help you determine the size of the machine needed to get the best result, a project designer or engineer will get a good estimate based on some basic information. By knowing approximately what size machine will be required, you can better source a plastic injection molder that will meet your needs.
Manufacturing plastic injection molded components in-house as part of a customer’s end product can prove to be a major challenge from an efficiency, quality and cost perspective. Over the years, Rodon has garnered many of our largest customers who were doing their best to manufacture their injection molded components in-house, but found the process to be problematic and inefficient.
Producing plastic components of high-quality at a competitive cost is a constant challenge. Very often, the process proves to be more complicated and involved than most OEM’s think. They often make a decision to save money by doing their molding in-house and soon discover that the “inexpensive” small plastic part takes quite an investment in infrastructure to do it right.