Paula Hynes

Communications Coordinator at The Rodon Group. Inbound Marketing Specialist, professional blogger.
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Manufacturing Day, a Nationwide Celebration of American Ingenuity

Celebrating Manufacturing with America

In 2011, The Rodon Group 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.  Fast forward to 2015 and we were joined by over 2,300 companies and organizations, 120 in Pennsylvania alone.  The message is loud and clear; Manufacturing Day has struck a chord.

Michael Araten at The Rodon Group's Manfuacturing Day eventThis event resonates with so many Americans because it focuses on developing the next generation of manufacturers and innovators.  Our nation, within the last century, owes most of our economic gains to the manufacturing sector, a sector that had been in decline for several decades.  Companies took production offshore to low-wage countries, eroding our manufacturing base.  In doing so, professional trade careers were no longer seen as a viable employment choice.  Factories closed their doors, and apprenticeship programs closed as well.  The training pipeline to acquire skills dried up.

Fast forward to today and manufacturing is making a comeback.  Technical schools are beginning to see renewed interest from students and parents. So, on Manufacturing Day, we set aside our morning event to focus on teachers and students.  This year our morning educational program was highlighted by two interns who shared their experience working at Rodon with the group.  We even had a student videographer who helped get all the action on film.


Manufacturing By The Numbers



Celebrating the Manufacturing Women of America

According to the textbook definition, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a yearly tribute to the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”  It is a holiday near and dear to the hearts of all manufacturers, who have worked so hard to strengthen the American way of life.


Gaining Skills with Manufacturing Internships and Co-op Opportunities

In the heyday of manufacturing in America, internships and apprenticeships were highly sought out job experiences.  Students knew the skills they gained during an internship could help shape their future success.

Since the mid-1960’s, however, the industry and the employment picture has taken some big hits.  It has only been in the past five years, that we have seen manufacturing output and jobs begin to grow again.


Engineering students make the simple complex at the Rube Goldberg contest

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.”


Plastic Innovations for a Healthier Planet

Advances in the development of new and improved polymers have led many engineers and product designers to re-think their use of more traditional materials in the manufacturing process. Parts once thought of as impossible to create using plastic, are now being designed with polymers at a higher rate than ever before.

Plastics have historically offered many advantages over other materials, particularly metal. Plastic parts are lighter and afford more design flexibility. They tend to be less expensive than metals and need little if any finishing or additional assembly. And today's innovative polymers are developed with the environment in mind. Using bio-based solutions and easily compostable materials, the goal is to leave as little impact on the planet as possible.


A Well-Designed Injection Mold Leads to Manufacturing Success

In our first installment in this series of articles on how to make a quality custom plastic part, we discussed the design factors you need to consider when developing your product.  Designing for manufacturability is the first step in making a high-quality part.  In this article, we focus on building and testing a plastic injection molding tool.

Building a plastic injection molding tool

A perfect, precision part begins with the mold.  Building the tool takes time and a great deal of accuracy.  It can also represent the largest investment in the manufacturing process, so getting it right is critical to the success of a project.  If your goal is to manufacture parts with a high degree of precision in large-volume, the tooling becomes even more complex.


Manufacturers Forum - A Morning Well Spent

The Manufacturing Alliance of Bucks and Montgomery Counties held their second Manufacturing Forum of the year.  Relevant and actionable information from some of the area industry leaders packed the morning agenda.  Topics included training, financing and cyber security.


How to Improve Product Safety through Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory compliance has become a focus in recent years.  Products from other countries, particularly China, face additional scrutiny.  From car seats to dog treats, there have been numerous safety problems.