As plastic injection molding methods continue to advance and evolve, allowing for enhanced flexibility and more sophisticated customization options, molding companies must be able to stay ahead of the curve in order to offer clients the latest technologies and highest-quality end products.
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.
Portions of this post originally appeared on the Design News blog
In a recent article from American Express Open Forum, our CEO and President Michael Araten spoke about what it’s like to hire a robot, in particular, Baxter, a collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics. We've had Baxter at our facility for almost 3 years and were one of the first plastic injection molding companies in the U.S. to use him. The article states “employing a mix of human and robotic employees could become a more mainstream staffing strategy among businesses in the near future.”Robots such as Baxter can also help companies save money and increase productivity. At Rodon, robotics and automation have given us a competitive edge, especially against overseas manufacturers. A robot such as Baxter can work 24/7, has no need for benefits or breaks and can be taught a task within minutes.
Dr. Martin Luther King's contributions to the advancement of civil rights in this country defines the word "leadership". He was a visionary leader who was deeply committed to achieving social justice through nonviolent means.
In celebration of Dr.King's birthday this past Monday, we thought we'd highlight past leaders in the manufacturing world who made very different but equally important contributions to today's advanced technologies. Each of them had their own unique leadership styles with one important trait in common; they were all visionaries. They each saw the potential of creating a better, more efficient system or machine to complete a task. While the official “Industrial Revolution” may be over, our society still benefits from the work of these current day visionaries.
The mere mention of robots taking over manufacturing sends apocalyptic terror throughout the factory. Tales of an army of zombie robots replacing workers may sell news stories, but it is far from the truth.There are many key differences between robots and zombies.
This article from Design News originally appeared on the Design News blog on August 7, 2015
Robots have long been a source of fear and fascination, and Hollywood has always swung from one extreme to the other. Movies such as “I, Robot” portend a terrible future in which robots strip humans of their own free will, while “Chappie” praises robots as humanity’s final hope to avoid extinction. Robots in film have straddled the line between saviors and villains for years, leaving us to wonder what a world filled with robots would actually be like.
Important questions remain regarding the future of robots. Just how beneficial are they to society? Concerns have materialized as robots threaten the job security of humans everywhere. An Oxford University study predicts that 47% of US jobs could be automated within the next 20 years.
As frightening as that sounds, robotic automation is happening — fast. An estimated $1.5 billion market for consumer and business robots will emerge by 2019, growing seven times faster than the market for manufacturing robots. Like it or not, robots will continue to play an increasingly important role in our daily lives.
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.”
Portions of this article were written by Jeff Green, Social Media Manager at Rethink Robotics and appeared on their blog.
In a recent article from American Express Open Forum, our CEO and President Michael Araten spoke about what it’s like to hire a robot, in particular, Baxter, a collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics. The article states “employing a mix of human and robotic employees could become a more mainstream staffing strategy among small businesses in the near future.”
Robots such as Baxter can also help companies save money and increase productivity. At Rodon, robotics and automation have given us a competitive edge, especially against overseas manufacturers. A robot such as Baxter can work 24/7, has no need for benefits or breaks and can be taught a task within minutes. "The employees love it. They've personalized the machine, and it feels like you're living in the future when you have a friendly-looking robot working alongside you," Araten says.
Once in a while, you find a video that is so well done, so compelling, that you must share. This video, from American Made Matters is a great example. It will make you think twice about where products are made; knowing that the simple act of buying American-made products can have a profound impact on our economy. It's all about creating jobs. Jobs that are secure and well-paying. Jobs that can help re-build our middle class.
The great recession underscored some inherent weaknesses in the U.S. supply chain. We have an employment skills gap, an uncoordinated approach to nurturing innovation, and an export imbalance. Since 2011, the federal government focused on changing this paradigm and made American manufacturing a priority. Under the guidance of the Department of Commerce/NIST, they developed an infrastructure with dedicated funding to rebuild our manufacturing sector.