Posted by Jill Worth | 08 / 26 / 11 0 Comments

How many changes to light bulbs does it take to save $5000/month? Just one for injection molding and moldmaking company, The Rodon Group (Hatfield, PA). Rodon, which has examined the power-usage footprint of its entire 125,000-sq-ft facility, will share its energy-saving insights with attendees to the upcoming Continuous Improvement in Injection Molding virtual event during a live chat session.

Rodon's operations run 24/7, creating billions of parts annually, including its work for the K'NEX brand of building toys. With 106 injection molding machines in its stable plus all their assorted auxiliary equipment, it might seem difficult to know where to start on the quest to energy efficiency, but the answer is pretty straightforward, according to Lowell Allen, Rodon's senior VP of manufacturing.

"In order to identify where money can be saved in your molding operation from an energy standpoint, one must first identify what processes are continuously running," Allen explains. "If you are a 24/7 molder, it's best to prioritize each continuously running process. Of course, none of us has an unlimited budget, so it's important to investigate those areas that can be addressed that cost the least first, with the shortest payback time."

Allen, who will take part in a live chat session during the virtual event, has been with Rodon for nearly 40 years and brings a shop-floor perspective to the energy efficiency discussion. One of the areas Allen and Rodon immediately addressed at their plant was lighting.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Sustainability in Manufacturing