How to Save the World from Bad Meetings: A TED Talk

It’s happened to all of us. Sitting through a never-ending meeting, listening to everyone talk, wondering why you’re there in the first place.

In this TED Talk from David Grady, he outlines some great ideas on how to make your meetings more effective, whether you’re the organizer or attendee. Better meeting benefit everyone!

An epidemic of bad, inefficient, overcrowded meetings is plaguing the world’s businesses — and making workers miserable. David Grady has some ideas on how to stop it.

How to Save the World (or at Least Yourself) from Bad Meetings
a TED Talk by David Grady

If you enjoyed what he had to say, visit TED.com for thousands more inspirational, educational and interesting talks about everything from biology to business.

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Case Study: Sensor Connectors for Forging Equipment

Solving customers’ connectivity problems is our specialty at Remke! Take for instance, Jernberg Industries of Chicago IL.

They manufacture highly-engineered, heat-treated, forged parts for the automotive industry and they have a big problem. The sensor connectors on the press transfer systems were failing, and causing everything to stop. Water and graphite were getting into the connections and shorting out sensors.

As they looked for a solution, they ran into one roadblock after another. Prices from Molex and others were incredibly expensive, and couldn’t deliver the flawless results they needed. Plus, cable length was an issue, with only one option available for a fit across the press arm.

And then they found Remke Sensor Connectors. 

Working closely with the Remke Engineered Solutions Team, Jernberg was able to fully solve every issue they faced.

M12 sensor connector with distribution boxThe result is 85-90% reduction in downtime! In fact, Mike Essary, the Jernberg Maintenance Manager reports “zero issues with the Remke product”.

Remke’s custom sensor connectors were the long-term, cost-effective fix that Jernberg desperately needed.

Read the full case study: Sensor Connectors for Forging Equipment >

Browse all of the Remke Case Studies to see how we’ve helped companies like yours.

 

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Better Business Brainstorming

As we start 2015 and have a new batch of business goals to achieve, a good old-fashioned brainstorming session is likely on your calendar. It’s been the standard way for teams to generate ideas for decades.

But is the old-fashioned way still the best way to brainstorm? 

In this article from Spark Business IQ titled “Brainstorming Methods for Your Business”, the format of traditional brainstorming sessions is challenged with some new ideas.

“As sexy as brainstorming is, with people popping like champagne with ideas, what actually happens is when one person is talking you’re not thinking of your own ideas,” says Leigh Thompson, a management professor at the Kellogg School to Fast Company. “Sub-consciously you’re already assimilating to my ideas.”

Better Business Brainstorming Methods - Brainswarming by Spark Business IQ

Instead, they suggest allowing people time to brainstorming individually, before coming together as a team. Writing down ideas ahead of time gives people time to think and creatively come up with their own solutions, without getting trapped inside someone else’s ideas.

At the brainstorming meeting, everyone can simultaneously post their ideas on a wall for consideration by the team. The best ideas rise to the top and spur further conversation.

They call this method Brainswarming. 

“Go about the idea-generation in a focused, disciplined manner that ensures everyone is given a chance to contribute”

The New Brainswarming Rules

Give everyone time to themselves to think, then bring people together to share ideas

Require everyone to contribute ideas and give them a chance to fully express them before anyone shoots them down. 

If someone does shoot down an idea, they must have an alternative suggestion.

Read the full article to learn more about the Brainswarming Technique and how to make it happen.

These are such great ideas and we’re going to try them ourselves at Remke this year. It’s new ideas like these that keep us going strong as we enter our 51st year. Happy 2015!

 

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Happy Holidays!

As we prepare to celebrate the holidays, the management & employees of Remke Industries would like to say Thank You for your continued support in 2014. We truly appreciate your business and want you to know that we work very hard to provide you with the best products & service possible. It is our sincere wish that each of you and your families enjoy a holiday season filled with peace, joy and good tidings.

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De-stressing and Reconnecting During the Holidays

As the holiday season hits full stride, and things get oh-so-busy, it can be hard to stay oh-so-jolly! If you get stressed out by the Holidays, we encourage you to reconnect with what’s really important.

Focus on family, community and spreading joy by spending time (instead of money) is the best way to avoid stress during a time that’s supposed to be full of happiness and joy.

We ran across this photo online that does a great job of summing it all up. It’s the usual holiday to-do list, changed up and refocused on connecting with what matters most!

Holiday Destressing 12-14 image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season in 2014 and get to reconnect with everyone you love.

Happy Holidays from everyone at Remke! 

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Connecting the Possibilities, Of Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving! We sincerely wish all of our customers, employees, business partners and associates a very happy holiday.

We hope that you get to connect with your families, connect with your community and definitely connect with some turkey!

As our new website launches at Remke.com with a new logo and tagline “Connecting Possibilities” we can’t help but think about how that applies to more than just the electrical connectors we manufacture.

Through the years, we’ve seen the connections made during the course of business, and how some of those connections have lasted for years, and become genuine friendships. It’s amazing what can happen when good people work together. New ideas, new possibilities and new ways of doing things evolve!

For instance, by connecting with TheKitchn.com, we’ve learned that there are so many more ways to cook a turkey than just putting it in the oven! We really want to try something new this year …. maybe a glazed and braised turkey, or one of these 9 Non-Traditional Ways to Cook a Turkey >

9 Non-Traditional Ways to Cook a Turkey from TheKitchn.com

Regardless of how you cook, or whether you cook at all, we hope this holiday brings you much happiness, relaxation and most of all connections to what matters most.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from everyone at Remke!

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The New Remke.com

67% of the buyers journey is done digitally.

That’s a rather amazing statistic but not really a surprise. The internet has forever changed our lives and how we research & shop for products both professional and personally. And each of us hopes to have a good experience with the websites we visit and use.

The new Remke.com has been designed for a better customer experience. At the same time we are launching a new logo, tagline and brand refresh that are more closely aligned with our strategic vision for growth and expansion. Remke has stayed in business for over 50 years by listening to our customers and building relationships. And while we remain committed to our core values we’re equally committed to moving forward by embracing innovation & new ways of doing business – both internally and externally.

The new Remke website has been designed with a focus on user friendliness, easier navigation and content. We want our website to be useful and be of value with

  • Data-rich product pages including photos, tech specs and comprehensive overview
  • Simplified site navigation
  • Quick & easy ‘Find A Product’ pages where one click on a product photo takes the visitor to a detailed information page
  • New customer application stories
  • A comprehensive Cross Reference tool
  • A streamlined Home Page & site design
  • More content created as Useful Tools

At Remke we’re focused on using what we’re best at to serve our customers and solve all kinds of connectivity issues. And to us that says Connecting Possibilities – our new tagline which signifies the combination of our focus on connectors with depth of line, flexibility & service.

In developing the New Remke.com our focus has been on creating a website that helps make your job easier. We hope we have accomplished this goal but please give us your feedback. Let us know what you like & what works …. let us know what needs improving … and let us know what other tools would be useful. Thanks!

We do want to hear from you about the New Remke.com. Please Like & Share this blog — and as always, thank you for subscribing to EVERYTHING’S CONNECTED.

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Valox Cord Grips for Cutting Edge Environmental Protection

Non-metallic, Valox® cord grips are ideal for FDA-washdowns or any heavy-duty application that requires a strong seal against dirt, moisture, fumes and/or chemicals. 

This cutting-edge polymer has excellent heat, chemical and corrosion resistance, plus provides stability and reliability with high mechanical, thermal and electrical properties.

Valox Cord Grip by Remke Seals out Harsh ElementsValox connectors are commonly used in the following industries:

  • Automation
  • OEM
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Food Processing
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Petro-Chem
  • Marine and Shipborad
  • Pulp and Paper

What is Valox?

A thermoplastic, polyester resin, Valox’s semi-crystalline materials are based on PBT and PET polyers. It was developed by SABIC to be a versatile, chemically resistant non-metallic material that also withstands heat.

IP and NEMA Rated

The strength and ability to seal out the elements give Valox the following IP and NEMA Ratings: IP 52, 54, 56, 65, 67 and NEMA 3, 3R, 4, 4X, 6 and 12.

Remke’s Valox Connectors

The Valox cord grips manufactured by Remke feature a compression bushing made of Neoprene rubber and an anti-friction, nylon washer for more reliability in harsh conditions.

Valox Cord Grip with Wire MeshRemke’s inventory of Valox connectors includes:

  • Optional wire mesh grip for added strain relief
  • Straight body style for 3/1″, 1/2″ and 3/4″ conduit sizes
  • 90-Degree body for 1/2″ and 3/4″ conduit

 

Shop for Valox Connectors by Remke >

Request a Quote for Valox Connectors >

 

 

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Solving the Manufacturing Talent Shortage

Although we often hear “there are no good jobs out there” those of us in the manufacturing industry know there are jobs-a-plenty that manufacturers can’t fill. And this has been true for several years.

A recent issue of INDUSTRY WEEK magazine featured the article “How Manufacturing Can Solve Its Own Talent Shortage Crisis”.   It first identified 3 key drivers behind the shortage of workers: (1) lack of interest & negative perception of manufacturing; (2) industry needs shifting to ‘knowledge workers’ who can work with big data analytics programs, 3D modeling & printing, robotics and other emerging technologies; and (3) looming retirement of the baby boomer generation of skilled workers.

Contrasting college graduates & their perspectives on manufacturing with U.S. employers and their needs the author said “It’s time for the two to meet in the middle.” Really? If colleges and high schools can’t (or won’t) embrace the idea that careers in manufacturing AREN’T “dirty or dangerous that require little thinking” how can we meet in the middle? And when the author of the article then stated that “U.S. employers should attract young millenials who value freedom, flexibility and entrepreneurialism by giving them what they want” part of me was ready to stop reading. But I didn’t.

The article proceeded to list 10 ways that manufacturers could solve the talent shortage by “redesigning hiring and development strategies” along with building “learning & knowledge programs with virtual platforms”. That sounded interesting yet time consuming but there were some good ideas on the list that I’d like to share:

  • Be open to different resources for sourcing talent….such as technical institutes, academia, sourcing agencies
  • Leverage company & industry specific knowledge….enable the best thinkers who understand your company’s unique environment, business processes and competitive advantages to train others
  • Provide on-the-job coaching and mentoring to bridge gaps and empower employees
  • Build external relationship with suppliers, business executives, education partners, local government officials and other business leaders who can push for change.

Nobody ever said it would be easy.

What do you think? Would your company being open to doing things differently to get the talent you need? Please let us know your thoughts…..share this blog with others…….and as always thank you for subscribing to EVERYTHING’S CONNECTED.

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The Key to Business Growth: Taking Share (Infographic Part 2)

12 Tips for Taking Market Share – Part 2

With the US economy on track to grow only 3% in the second half of 2014, the best way to grow your business is to take market share from the competition. This infographic outlines some ideas on how you can do just that!

The second in a 2-part series, this piece has tips #7-12.
Read Part 1 Here >

Taking Market Share Infographic Part 2. The key to business growth in this economy is taking market share from your competitors. - Remke.com/blog

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