Finding & Keeping a Next-Gen Workforce

Most of us have heard or read about the talent gap in manufacturing.  Hiring in manufacturing might also be impacted by  a public perception that stems from the outdated concept of what manufacturing ‘looks like’……a dirty workplace that’s not technologically advanced.  And there might be a certain ‘lack of trust’ because of how quickly manufacturing jobs left the U.S. (and still are).  So what is the future of hiring in the manufacturing industry?  Especially for the Next-Gen?
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Molded Connectors Purchasing Checklist

When deciding which molded connectors will give you optimum performance, there are many factors to consider. A lot rides on these connectors, also called Quick Disconnects, and peak performance is crucial.

Here is Remke’s list of the main options for components and things to look for in a supplier of molded connectors and quick disconnects.

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Product Considerations for Molded Connector & Quick Disconnects 

◊ STYLE: M12, M8, mini connectors, distribution boxes, attachables or bus systems
◊ KEY: Dual or single
◊ Number of POLES
◊ Assembly LENGTH
◊ OVERMOLD material
◊ CABLE type and gauge
◊ CUSTOM cable
◊ Cable COLOR
◊ SHELL or coupling
◊ ENVIRONMENT where connector will be installed
◊ RATING for IP, NEMA connectors
◊ SPECS for ROhS, CSA and UL compliance
◊ ACCESSORIES like closure caps and adapters

Supplier Considerations for Molded Connectors & Quick Disconnects

◊ COUNTRY of origin – is it MADE in the USA?
◊ SUPPORT staff that is available and knowledgeable
◊ IN-STOCK products with the right options
◊ LEAD TIMES for shipping are fast
◊ QUANTITIES are flexible – can they break the box?
◊ MINIMUM order quantities are within reason
◊ Flexible RETURN policy
◊ LOCAL support to fix issues fast
◊ CUSTOMIZATION of connectors to your exact specs
◊ ISO Certified
◊ Easy Project QUOTES

Remke is here to help you select exactly the right electrical connector and deliver just want you want in a supplier. Contact Us Today! 

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Win a $125 Amazon Gift Card from Remke

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Here’s your chance! Photos of applications using any Remke product just might win you an Amazon Gift Card!

Each month Remke will award a $125 Amazon gift card to whomever submits the best application photo(s). During 2014 there will be a winner – or winners – each month in honor of Remke’s 50th anniversary.  And if you submit an application photo of Remke stainless steel connectors and are a winner – you will receive an extra $50 Amazon gift card.

During the fall of 2013 we had 7 winners.  You can check out their photos & applications description on our Past Winners page…you just might uncover an idea for what you could submit.  Plus it’s easy to enter.

All Remke customers, distributors and sales representatives are encouraged to enter early and often!!

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50 Years of Applied Wisdom Launches Remke to the Next 50 Years

It’s taken us 50 years to become a premier manufacturer of electrical connectors, cord grips and more, building Remke Industries from the ground up. During that time, we’ve had growing pains, worked incredibly hard for many victories, experienced unexpected successes and a dealt with recession that kept us awake at night.

We’ve found new ways to use time-tested materials and methods to create better products, in shorter production runs. A foundation of amazing people has been built and we’ve learned lessons from every one of them, from customers to employees, past and present.

But this isn’t going to be one of those articles where we pat ourselves on the back and tell you how great the last 50 years have been. They’re in the past. And although they are important, we have our eyes set on the future.

And the future is so bright we need industrial-strength sunblock.

Remke Celebrates 50 Years

We’ve gained the wisdom, insight and expertise it takes in the first 50 years, to launch us to new levels of success, service and innovation during the next 50.

5 Things Remke Learned in the First 50 Years to Make the Next 50 Incredible

 1. Personal service that exceeds expectations
Our customers are our lifeblood, and we help sustain theirs. Delivering very personal service, understanding what they really need to succeed, and then exceeding their expectations has been paramount to everyone at Remke. It’s what makes a new customer happy, and turns them into loyal customers that turn to us to solve problems and offer solutions.

2. Make the right component the first time by fully understanding customers’ needs
The foundation of delivering the right electrical connector the first time is to fully understand customers’ needs. It’s also an integral part of providing personal service.  This philosophy has led us to create high-quality electrical connectors that work the right way the first time, and work correctly for a long time.

3. Stay nimble in every situation to learn and apply knowledge
Future progress depends on the learning curve. With so much changing in technology, materials and manufacturing, staying nimble is crucial to our past and future success. Being a small company helps us stay flexible to meet the specifications of each customer, not just supply products.

4. Simplicity of design and production delivers quality in small quantities
Our cutting edge production environment helps us deliver custom solutions to all types of companies, big and small, for all types of requirements. From short, custom production runs to large runs of stock electrical connectors, Remke has everyone covered. It’s our way of simultaneously seeing each tree and the entire forest.

5. Treat employees well for long term success
Remke’s employees take care of customers, and each other. Treating them right means they treat customers well. It’s a cycle that centers on people, and ours are some of the best. This commitment to employees has created a core group that’s been with us for decades. Offering opportunities to grow and learn gives employees a reason to care about their jobs and the customers they serve. They take care of us and we take care of them.

With our eyes set keenly on the future, and 50 years’ experience under our belts, we’re excited about the coming years! We’re working on new, innovative ways to deliver the right electrical connectors to you! Watch Remke.com for more information. 

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What Manufacturers and Customers AREN’T Telling Each Other

I don’t know about you, but UL’s global study The Product Mindset is new to me.  Now in its third year, this study provides insights about the ways manufacturers & consumers think and feel about the products they make, sell, purchase and use.  Respondents of the study come from the United States, Germany, Brazil, India and China – insights that reflect the reality of our more complex global marketplace.
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Electrical Connector Material Selection Guide for Food Processing

To achieve optimum performance, and little maintenance, it is essential to choose the right material for electrical connectors. Especially for machinery that operates in harsh environments, like food processing plants. Chemicals, water and other elements cause corrosion hat sends machines to maintenance or become safety issues.

There are so many choices, each suitable for different applications. Here we outline your choices to help you decide which is best.

All of the connector materials listed below are FDA approved for use in food processing, and are corrosion resistant to different extents, in different environments. For a personal consultation, contact a Remke expert.

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This list of materials and benefits is taken from a Remke Whitepaper, read the full paper:  Cord Connector Material Selection for Harsh Environments >

 

CORD GRIP MATERIAL SELECTION GUIDE

Stainless Steel

  • Highest levels of durability in highly corrosive environments that are filled with acids, chemicals or chlorine-bearing agents
  • Exceptional tensile strength with excellent fatigue and impact resistance
  • Cleanable and hygienic smooth, minimally porous surface; Low maintenance
  • Operating temperature -60°F to +1000° F

Valox

  • Suitable for FDA mandated washdown environments
  • Health-care grade Valox meets FDA regulations for food contact
  • Won’t absorb moisture; superior corrosion-resistance
  • Excellent resistance to chemicals, high temperatures and impact
  • Operating temperature -40°F to +248° F

Nickel-Plated Aluminum

  • Resists corrosion from alkalis and weak acids
  • Prevents rusting by moisture and high humidity
  • Suitable for applications where wear-resistance is required
  • Light-weight, lower-cost alternative to stainless steel
  • Operating temperature -40°F to +500° F

MOLDED CONNECTORS MATERIAL SELECTION GUIDE

Overmolding and Cable Materials

TPE

  • Excellent resistance to oils, fats, fruits, juices, vegetables, dairy, tomatoes, wine and vinegar
  • Durable and abrasion resistant
  • Use in submerged applications with constant bending and flexing
  • Resistance to chlorinated alkaline cleaners, detergents, sanitizers and lubricants
  • Operating temperature -60°F to +275° F

PUR

  • Excellent resistance to oils, fats, fruits, juices, vegetables, dairy, tomatoes, wine and vinegar
  • Good resistance to food industry soils and chemicals
  • Use in cold temperatures and freezer environments
  • Abrasion-resistant for high-abuse areas
  • 1200 PSI washdown rated
  • Operating temperature -40°F to +176° F

Silicone

  • Best for high-temperature areas or those with extreme temperature changes
  • Resists high-molecular oils, fats from vegetables and animals, diluted acids and lye
  • Excellent for cold temperatures and freezer environments
  • Good abrasion resistance
  • Operating temperature -58°F to +356° F

Hardware Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Highest levels of durability in highly corrosive environments that are filled with acids, chemicals or chlorine-bearing agents
  • Exceptional tensile strength with excellent fatigue and impact resistance
  • Cleanable and hygienic smooth, minimally porous surface; Low maintenance
  • Operating temperature -60°F to +1000° F

PEEK Polymers

  • Outperforms metal hardware in many aggressive environments
  • Cost-effective alternative to Stainless Steel
  • Resists a wide-range of chemicals including common solvents, acids, bases and salts
  • Scratch-resistant with excellent wear-resistance in steam or high-water-pressure
  • Suited for continuous high-temperature use up to +1000° F

Non-Metallic

  • Resistance to chemicals, including hydrocarbons, fuels, solvents and neutral chemicals
  • Lightweight with high fatigue endurance
  • High tensile strength for durability and impact resistance
  • Very low moisture absorption
  • Operating temperature -40°F to +290° F

Nickel-Plated Brass

  • Improves appearance, hardness and long-term wear by preventing pitting and corrosion
  • Rated for up to 150 PSI; rustproof
  • Resistant to salt water, weak acids & alkalis, esters, ketones, and ether, as well as mineral, animal and vegetable oil
  • Operating temperature -40°F to +212° F

This list of materials and benefits is taken from a Remke Whitepaper, read the full paper:  Cord Connector Material Selection for Harsh Environments >

Contact a Remke expert to find the right electrical connector for your application. 

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Stainless Steel Connectors for Water & Wastewater Treatment Facilities

The Right Stainless Steel Connectors Deliver More Productivity, Improved Safety and Reduced Contamination

Stainless steel connectors are crucial components in any large system, but especially for water and wastewater processing industry. Since much of the equipment is exposed to destructive and corrosive elements, stainless steel components are preferred for their corrosion-resistance, durability and low maintenance.

Stainless Steel Connectors in a Water Treatment PlantWith the industry’s focus on cost management, treatment technology, production performance and safety, choosing system components carefully can make all the difference. The right stainless steel components will be maintenance-free and provide continuous 24-hour service while ensuring the safety of personnel and the environment.

Since there is so much riding on water treatment systems, primarily the safety of drinking water for millions of people, using sub-standard components should never be an option. Although other materials could be used to reduce the initial cost, they are ferrous-based and corrode much more easily. The long-term maintenance costs are higher, and so is the risk of potential contamination and production downtime.

The right stainless steel connectors help water and wastewater processors to:

  • Reduce corrosion in electrical systems
  • Maintain power systems for continuous operation
  • Protect electrical systems in hazardous and high-heat areas
  • Provide protection from liquids

Read the Full Whitepaper on SS Connectors for Water and Wastewater Treatment >

Stainless Steel Cable Grips for Wet EnvironmentsBoth dry electrical boxes and submersed pumps can benefit from stainless steel connectors instead of aluminum or galvanized steel. 

 

The durability of stainless steel in many types of harsh environments, make it the benchmark for all types of applications. Stainless steel connectors have:

  • High-corrosion resistance,
  • Low maintenance,
  • Ease of fabrication,
  • Lifecycle sustainability and
  • High level of safety

There are 2 main types: Type 304 Stainless Steel is preferred for dry, above water applications because of its general corrosion resistance and lower cost. Type 316 Stainless Steel is typically used for submersed, under water applications because of its high-corrosion resistance generated by the molybdenum it contains.

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Stainless Steel is the answer. Not only does it resist the damaging effects and lasts longer than other alloys, it is 100% Sustainable during its entire lifecycle.

Stainless Steel is SustainableIt does not harm the people producing or handling it. Since it is naturally corrosive resistant because of inclusion of chromium, there are no harmful chemicals used to fabricate components and it does not give off harmful elements during use or recycling.

It does not harm the environment. It has a very minimal impact on water, air and carbon use, plus is recyclable at the end of its effective use.

It is profitable at every stage of its lifecycle. From fabricators who create the components to water treatment plants who experience a very low cost of installation and maintenance, to the people who recycle it at the end of its life, Stainless Steel is a profitable material to work with.

Fabricating stainless steel is easy. Manufacturers can create components to the specifications of plant engineers. With so many options for the right stainless steel connector, it is in the best interest of engineers to seek out a manufacturer who can meet their exact requirements.

The right connector will improve efficiency, maintenance and the lifespan of the component, and your equipment. 

Read the Full Whitepaper on SS Connectors for Water and Wastewater Treatment >

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Have you heard the latest about RESHORING?

For more than 50 years, Remke Industries has been manufacturing our line of cord grips & molded connectors in the Chicago suburbs.  We’re proud to use the MADE IN USA symbol, glad to support organizations like the Made In America Movement and are thrilled to see the Reshoring movement growing stronger.
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Multiple Hole Bushings for Better Electrical Termination

Save money on equipment and labor, plus save space by using multiple hole bushings to terminate several loose cables and conductors into cord grips with one simple fitting.

Multiple Hole Bushings for electrical connections by Remke

 

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Manufacturing Predictions for 2014 Focus on Technology

Every year the IDC Manufacturing Insights Group gives its predictions of manufacturing trends for the coming year to help company leaders capitalize on emerging market opportunities and plan for future growth.

Their list for 2014 seems to focus on two key points – Operations and Technology.  Much has been written about how investments in improved operations and technology are great ways to improve the bottom lines for both manufacturers and distributors.  The IDC list seems to indicate an even greater focus on the joining of people, process, data and things to transform information into actions and create new capabilities, richer experiences and unprecedented opportunities.  Some call this the Internet of Everything…….an interesting new term!

The Top Ten Predictions for Manufacturing in 2014 from the IDC are:

  • Manufacturers will begin to build 3D value chains – Demand oriented, Data driven and Digitally executed
  • Operational, information & consumer technology converge to reshape approaches to technology management
  • Operational resiliency will be the focus of supply chain strategies……perhaps due to the ever increasing demand for quality and accuracy?
  • Supply chain technology investment will focus on modernizing existing systems and trying new approaches
  • The modernization of the underlying B2B commerce backbone becomes an investment priority for IT……..meaning modernizing technology to hasten responsiveness?
  • Product life cycle management strategies become increasingly global, multidisciplinary, innovation-based and customer focused
  • “Servitization optimization” will be core to future profitable revenue growth & leading manufacturers will make the necessary investments to enable these strategies………this needs a bit more explanation
    • According to IDC, “Servitization’ refers to the strategies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to increase after-sales services and provide new sources for predictable, profitable, subscription-like revenue streams.  Might this be of concern to the supply chain?
  • 2014 will set the stage for a new manufacturing renaissance
  • Plant floor IT investments (that bridge operations and IT) will continue to become a higher share of the overall technology investment portfolio

IDC is forecasting +5.3% technology investments growth within U.S. manufacturing industries…….might this include your company?

What do you think is missing from this list of predictions?  Let us know & please SHARE and LIKE this blog – and as always thank you for subscribing to EVERYTHING’S CONNECTED.

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