Plastic Injection Molding Robotics in Action

You can save time and money through injection molding automation.  Our "Cheaper Than China" pricing is due in large part to our investment in a series of amazing fully automated, robotic machines which run on a 24-hour production schedule. Instead of labor intensive hand-packing, our machines do that work around the clock.

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Your Crash Course in Precision Mold Design

Every plastic part starts with a precision mold design

The first step in guaranteeing precision plastic parts is by working with a manufacturer who has experience in creating perfect molding design.We invite you to take a look at our video on plastic mold design to learn more about how The Rodon Group is prepared to utilize cutting edge technology to deliver a better plastic part, every time.

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Visit Rodon at the Philadelphia Convention Center, June 18- June 20

The east coast’s most comprehensive event for design, manufacturing, automation and packaging will be held next week from June 17th to June 20th at the Philadelphia Convention Center.  This year’s show promises to be well attended.  The show actually combines several trade shows under one roof including Medical Design and Manufacturing East, East Pack, Atlantic Design & Manufacturing and an Automation Technology EXPO.

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Infographic: Robots and Automation Bring Jobs Back to the US

Article credit: Kuka Robotics (http://www.kukaconnect.com/)

The rise of robotic automation in the manufacturing and packaging industry is often blamed for the steep job losses in U.S. manufacturing, along with the rampant outsourcing of labor to cheaper workforces. But a real look at the facts and stats show that things just aren’t that cut and dry.

Check out our infographic below and you’ll see the many ways in which robotics and the reshoring initiative can help increase manufacturing employment in the U.S. From providing improved safety measures in dangerous jobs, to introducing higher-paying, specialized positions that workers can be trained to fill, to laying out the true pros and cons of offshore outsourcing, this infographic sheds some light on the “other side” of the story.

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Case study reveals cost benefits of sourcing injection molding.

Some manufacturers have an entrenched belief that they must produce every part of a final product.  This could be a reflection of the fact that they have older, maybe underused equipment on the shop floor or simply a long history of a process they feel works for the organization.

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The Rodon Group trains their latest robot, Baxter.

Baxter, the adaptive manufacturing robot from Rethink Robotics is certainly getting a lot of press these days.  Rodney Brooks, the head of Rethink Robotics introduced Baxter at a recent TED Conference in Palo Alto, California.  These annual Technology, Entertainment and Design Conferences began in 1990 to promote “ideas worth spreading” and offered a perfect venue to demonstrate the capabilities of Baxter.

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A New Level of Automation at The Rodon Group

Article by James Callari at Molding Making Technology.

Rodon Group, the Hatfield, Pa. injection molder that has long relied on automation to produce parts “cheaper than China,” as its website extols, is among the first plastics processors to deploy Baxter, a new kind of robot developed by Rethink Robotics, Boston, Mass.

Rodon will be using Baxter for repetitive tasks like picking up parts off a conveyor for packaging. The robot can be "trained" by the very people it is assisting. With extra sensors to make Baxter “aware” of his surroundings, it can be deployed near people. Not bothered by heat or noise, Baxter can take on those “hard to fill” positions.

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Rodon Adds Baxter, America’s First Adaptive Manufacturing Robot to its Automated Facility

A new manufacturing robot named Baxter has found a home at The Rodon Group. Baxter is the brainchild of Rethink Robotics of Boston, MA. This new manufacturing tool is a user-friendly robot created to help American manufacturing companies compete more effectively. The robot can be used to complete repetitive production tasks and will complement The Rodon Group’s highly automated facility. 

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The Robots of Rodon

Robots are not new to The Rodon Group.   We introduced the first robotics to our plastic injection presses back in 2004.  Since that time, we have expanded their use as well as their sophistication.  Today, nearly 50% of our presses utilize robots that stack and orient parts into shipping containers.  This increases plant productivity and reduces packaging waste by tripling the number of parts packed into cartons.  We utilize KEYENCE Vision Inspection systems and Mitutoyo QuickVision systems to inspect parts and maintain our high quality control standards.

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