Posted by Jill Worth | 01 / 24 / 13 0 Comments

In today’s world, the green movement is more important than ever. No matter what the industry, it’s a company’s duty to make changes and choices that support the environment.

When you’re looking for a plastic injection molding company, there are several things you can check for to be sure you’ll be working with an environmentally responsible business.

The Rodon Group is committed to environmental sustainability. The company's green initiatives make it a leader in the plastics industry. Its manufacturing process minimizes packaging, transportation costs, waste, water consumption and energy. Consider this example: in manufacturing just one of the more than 600 unique K'NEX parts, the Rodon Group recycles enough cardboard to save 300 cubic yards of landfill space, the equivalent of three football fields! Additionally, using servo robots they incrementally stack many of the K'NEX parts, reducing part distortion, while tripling, or quadrupling the number of parts packed into the same size carton. This also helps in the sustainability initiative by reducing the amount of overall cardboard used. All scrap is reused and recycled and Rodon uses only non toxic colorants and resins.

All lubricants and cleaners used in processing are non‐toxic and no hazardous chemicals are used in the plant. Recent, ongoing efforts include installation of plant‐wide motion sensor activated high‐efficiency lighting to help save on energy costs. Rodon's customers are offered a returnable/reusable packaging program and all employees are able to participate in a recycling program including a drop off for any used lights, electronics, computer equipment, batteries.

Rodon also runs FDA‐regulated products, uses resin sources certified by FDA, RoHS, REACH, and NSF, and is one of the first molding facilities in its area to have been designated as a "Landfill‐Free Facility" by Specialty Waste Solutions, LLC. Specialty Waste Solutions, LLC (SWS) provides a landfill‐free alternative for recycling, waste transportation, and disposal to companies of all sizes and across a broad range of industries throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley and Delaware. Using a state‐of‐the‐art Energy‐from‐Waste resource recovery facility, they generate enolandfill free certificationugh electricity from waste to power tens of thousands of homes per day in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Over the past 25 years, the Energy from Waste (EfW) industry has developed state-of-the-art technology that makes EfW one of the cleanest forms of energy generation. The advanced technology in combusting waste is the air quality (emission) control system. EfW facilities meet or exceed the strictest federal standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and employ a multi-step process to achieve superior environmental performance. Benefits include:

  • The US Environmental Protection Agency has stated that EfW plants are a “clean, reliable, and renewable source of energy” that “produces electricity with less environmental impact than almost any other source of electricity.”

  • Landfill-free solution

  • The by-product of EfW yields energy that powers millions of homes across North America

  • Can save 2 barrels of crude oil, 12,000 cubic feet of natural gas, and 1,200 pounds of coal per year for every household serviced

  • Knowledge that all waste is properly and permanently disposed of

Lastly, as a member of Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc. (ECS) the largest private demand response provider in North America, Rodon curtails their energy usage during peak periods of demand, typically in the summer on extreme heat days when energy usage is at its highest.

Demand response is the action of end users lowering their demand for electric (reducing consumption) in order to help balance supply and demand on the electric grid and ensure stability.  The greatest need for demand response typically occurs during times of peak electricity demand, between the hours of 11 am and 6 pm, when extra strain is placed on the grid from situations such as increased air conditioning use on hot days or downed power lines resulting from a storm. Rodon joined the program to help maintain available electricity for the surrounding community, and to help with prevention of blackouts.

Watch this You Tube video to learn more about our sustainable efforts.  

Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Sustainability in Manufacturing