Designed to deliver better performance for both thin- and thick-walled applications, The Rodon Group has added six Nissei hydraulic injection molding machines to its manufacturing floor, offering the combined advantages of both hydraulic and electric injection systems.
The hybrid machine includes a patented servo-driven pump technology that provides the accuracy and repeatability of an electric machine, but more efficiently and without the maintenance, the company says.
“We are always looking for ways to improve our output,” says Tony Hofmann, facility manager. “This new press technology molds faster and with greater accuracy. Speed and precision are the name of the game. The energy savings are the icing on the cake.”
The new, larger machines can handle shot size as large as 14 oz. and will be equipped with beam-style, multiple-axis robots. The Rodon Group says it is counting on the robotic automation, in combination with the speed and accuracy of the Nissei machines, to greatly increase the overall production capacity within the plant.
The company also has invested in servo-robot technology for its manufacturing operation that enables clients to reprogram their controls onsite, reducing downtime and costs. The new servo-robot has a second arm and an articulated head that can swivel, enabling it to pack tightly and at odd angles.
“We look for robotic technology that can speed production and provide more downstream versatility,” Hofmann says. “We see robots on the floor, performing quality checks, packaging and doing some light assembly tasks. The more options we have the better.”
Lowell Allen, senior vice president of manufacturing says investment in equipment is part of the company’s long-term strategy: “We are increasing our efficiency and upgrading our peripheral equipment. We are replacing our granulators to reduce our decibel output in the plant. Our new robotic technology will allow us to pack and stack without additional labor. All of our manufacturing enhancements are done with the productivity of our workforce in mind. We are constantly improving and creating a safer, more efficient, manufacturing facility.”
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Close to MY home, that is. The Rodon Group of Hatfield, PA--about 15 minutes from my office--who we've covered in MMT is excited about its newest employee--a recently acquired Baxter, a new category of robot.