Rube Goldberg’s legacy – A tribute to engineering ingenuity.

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.”

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Robotics & Automation at The Rodon Group

From the beginning, The Rodon Group capitalized on its core manufacturing strengths including http://www.rodongroup.com/plastic-injection-molding-capabilities.html. In order to compete, Rodon determined that the best way to win is by innovating and automating their processes. Rodon did this by investing in leading-edge technology, using raw materials from the world's premier suppliers and committing to the best equipment available.

Due to their technological advances, Rodon is able to make machine operators efficient enough to run 15 machines each, through automated delivery of the parts by use of robotics. Every machine has a robot on it, either a robotic picker or a full-blown servo-robot. Every machine counts the parts as they are made and when the box is full, an automated conveyor indexes the box out of the way and installs an empty box in its place. This occurs across all 106 machines without human intervention. Raw material is auto-loaded via Conair proportional vacuum loaders into each machine and color concentrate is then metered into the resin at a measured rate. The STAR Automation servo-robots can stack and orient the parts directly into the shipping cartons, as necessary, and some products are 100% inspected using a KEYENCE Vision Inspection system.

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The Upside to Hurricane Sandy

No one can underestimate the horror of hurricane force winds, driving rain and the devastation this storm had on property and human life.  However, we are Americans.  And, true to our nature, we will rebuild what has been lost and it will be better than ever.

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Rodon Group's Tony Hofmann Discusses Robotics

The Rodon Group has been investing in robotics since the beginning of the century.  Due to these technological advances, Rodon is able to make machine operators efficient enough to run 15 machines each, through automated delivery of the parts by use of robotics. Every machine has a robot on it, either a robotic picker or a full-blown servo-robot. Every machine counts the parts as they are made and when the box is full, an automated conveyor indexes the box out of the way and installs an empty box in its place. This occurs across all 117 machines without human intervention.

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The Rodon Group to host a Manufacturing Day Event on October 5, 2012

Come join The Rodon Group for a tour of our automated tooling and molding facility.

The Rodon Group is hosting an open house at its manufacturing facility at 2800 Sterling Drive, Hatfield, PA in celebration of national Manufacturing Day on October 5, 2012. The open house tours will be conducted at 10 am and 2 pm and are open to the Philadelphia area community.

The Rodon Group manufactures K'NEX™ Construction Toys for our sister company as well as other custom manufactured parts. Visitors will get a behind the scenes look at our design and machine rooms as well as our plastic injection mold presses.

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Injection Molder’s Message to Foreign Competitors: ‘Bring It On!’

Excerpt taken from an article in Plastics Technology. Read the full article at: http://www.ptonline.com/articles/molders-message-to-foreign-competitors-bring-it-on

An inspired combination of automation, ISO certification, use of certified resins, and strict adherence to a rigorous set of time-honed manufacturing standards are among the chief factors giving the Rodon Group, a 54-year-old custom molding operation in Hatfield, Pa., the confidence to boast that it can beat the pants off of Chinese part pricing, and Mexican pricing, too.

And it’s not an idle boast. The company captured a project for molding impact PS fruit skewers away from a custom molder in mainland China. Rodon runs the products faster, better, and cheaper here in mainland America, using six manufacturing cells with 64-cavity molds built in-house, in presses equipped with servo-powered robots.

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Rodon Upgrades Cooling Towers: Improvements Reflect Continued Investment in U.S. Manufacturing

The Rodon Group, a custom plastic injection molder, recently upgraded their manufacturing facility with three new cooling towers as part of a continued commitment to U.S. manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

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