INFOGRAPHIC: Environmental Sustainability at Rodon

In celebration of Earth Day this week, we created an infographic showing how we tackle sustainable manufacturing at Rodon. The processes we use in our facility help to minimize packaging, transportation costs, waste, water consumption and energy.

Tell us in the comments section below what efforts your company uses to remain a sustainable business. 

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Sustainability in plastics manufacturing

In today’s world, the green movement is more important than ever. No matter what the industry, it’s a company’s responsibility 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.

Certification
ISO 9001 Certification is a way for companies to keep a close eye on their production processes. Meeting the International Standards for Quality Management ensures the company has been thoroughly audited and is fully in control of its’ procedures so that no part of the production process “slips through the cracks.”

Waste Reduction
Make sure the company you work with is minimizing waste. During the molding process, excess plastic is generated. What does the company you work with do with it? Look for a company that has a system to recycle all excess plastic.

What about boxes? The efforts of cardboard recycling make a huge difference. At Rodon, we conserve 150 tons of cardboard per year, enough to fill 3000 cubic yards of landfill space or 3 football fields about a foot deep!  Using servo robots to incrementally stack parts, we reduce part distortion while tripling or quadrupling the number of parts packed into the same size carton. Rodon's customers are also offered a returnable/reusable packaging program to further reduce cardboard use

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Remaining an environmentally sustainable business

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, We conserve 150 tons of cardboard per year, enough to fill 3000 cubic yards of landfill space or 3 football fields about a foot deep!  Using servo robots to incrementally stack parts, we reduce part distortion while tripling or quadrupling the number of parts packed into the same size carton. Rodon's customers are offered a returnable/reusable packaging program to further reduce cardboard use. All scrap is reused and recycled and we use only non toxic colorants and resins.

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Earth Day is here to stay

Each year, we stop to remember the humble beginnings of Earth Day and how the movement has grown over the past forty-four years since its inception.  Back in the early days, the Vietnam War nearly consumed the American conscious.  Not much room remained for environmental causes. 

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The Rodon Group Makes Commitment to Go Green by Enrolling in Demand Response Program

The Rodon Group Proves they are Committed to Reduce their Carbon Footprint by Signing an Agreement with North America’s Leading Demand Response Provider.

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How manufacturers can cut their energy bills; lessons learned by The Rodon Group

Excerpt from article on PlasticsToday.com.  To read full article, visit http://www.plasticstoday.com/articles/two-steps-every-processor-should-take-now-cut-his-energy-bill-09092011.

Reducing your company's overall operating costs by 12% is a dream for many plastics processors, but Lowell Allen, senior vice-president at The Rodon Group, and his team have spent the past few years making it their reality. He kindly joined us for a "chat" during the industry's first-ever Virtual Event titled Continuous Improvement in Injection Molding. 

As Allen recalled, 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. "If you are a 24/7 molder, as we are, with 106 molding machines, it's best to prioritize each continuously running process. Of course, none of us have an unlimited budget, so it's important to investigate those areas that can be changed for a mimimal investment and with the shortest payback time," he explained.

What runs continuously? At The Rodon Group, it is:

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Energy efficiency at The Rodon Group.

The Rodon Group is lucky to have so many talented and dedicated professionals on staff. We recently asked one of these individuals to provide some insight for our blog.

Jack McPherson is the Technical Manager for The Rodon Group.  He joined the organization in 2006 after serving as an Engineering Manager in the automotive industry.  Today he is responsible for providing technical assistance on everything from quality assurance to regulatory compliance.  We asked Jack to share some insights into the energy saving initiatives at Rodon.  Here is Jack’s story.

“Rodon has a long history of energy consciousness. In the mid 80’s, we were located in Southampton and our electric was served to us expensively by Pennsylvania’s PECO utility. The neighboring electric utility, PPL, just to our west, charged considerably less for electric. So Rodon began plans to move into the PPL area. Not an easy task with a building full of  injection molding machines, support equipment, continuous production obligations and relocating employees.

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The Rodon Group Embraces Environmental Stewardship

As a sustainable manufacturing company, The Rodon Group understands the importance of holding true to the overriding principle of Earth Day, to leave this world a better place for our children and grandchildren.  We celebrated the 43rd anniversary of this event on Monday, April 22.  This movement influenced many young business leaders who now see sustainability as the driving force for how they conduct business.  In June, many of these companies with the same motivation and inspiration will gather in San Diego at the Sustainable Brands Conference.

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Can manufacturing companies recycle effectively?

Excuses, excuses, excuses.

“We can’t ask our employees to sort their trash.”

“We don’t recycle because it all ends up in the landfill anyway.”

“It could end up costing us time and money.”

There is a long list of excuses often espoused by organizations to justify their hesitancy to become involved in recycling programs.  Most often these excuses are based on old myths, technologies and processes.  Today, recycling and waste collection companies have refined their procedures to offer hassle free, mutually beneficial recycling relationships with businesses throughout the country.

One stream or two?

Gone are the days of containers for every form of trash.  Many waste companies now offer either dual-stream or single stream recycling.  Dual stream recycling separates paper from all other forms of recyclable material.  This method helps increase compliance and collection speeds.  Single stream recycling was introduced in the late 1990’s partly in response low recycling rates within communities and organizations.  This method allows all recyclable material to go into one container.  The material is sent to a sorting facility. Using lasers, conveyor belts and other equipment; various plastics, metals and paper are sorted and baled. 

Make electricity not trash.

In Europe, countries have been creating energy from trash for a very long time.  In this country, the practice is fairly recent, and we are capitalizing on the innovations and successes of our European allies.  Many trash-to-steam plants have been built across the country.  These plants take just about any material, burn it at extremely high temperatures, heat water which converts to steam.  The steam is piped into generators to create electricity.

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