2015 Industry Outlook for Cable Assembly

A preliminary report from Bishop & Associates predicts that the soft demand from the end of 2014 will carry over to 2015, with modest growth anticipated.

The full article on ConnectorSupplier.com has some interesting statistics on actual growth and demand in 2014 and which major factors will play a role in shaping the industry in 2015.

Cable Assembly Outlook 2015

They look at worldwide GDP, influencing industries, energy costs and other indexes and how they affect cable assembly.

In addition, considering general economic concerns and overall growth as they predict the growth of the industry in 2015.

Read the full article: 2015 Cable Assembly Industry Outlook on ConnectorSupplier.com

 

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A Welcome Advance in American Manufacturing

Industry Week recently reported on the state of reshoring — the transition of manufacturing from overseas back to the USA. In their article, Industry Week referred to a survey conducted by L.E.K Consulting of decision-makers in 10 U.S. manufacturing industries, at companies with $500 million in revenues or more. Their survey indicated a modest improvement in U.S. manufacturing but not a dramatic wave of reshoring.

Management consultant A.T. Kearney estimated there would be about 300 cases of reshoring in 2014 compared to 16 in 2010. “Even though there is no torrent of renewed manufacturing activity moving the needle just yet, it’s clear that the reshoring movement is growing” Kearney said in a 2014 report titled Solving the Reshoring Dilemma.

The Boston Consulting Group has said that “back in 2010, we projected that it (reshoring) wouldn’t really get started until 2015….because it takes time for a company to consider all of the factors on where to locate a plant. Our estimate is that reshoring will bring around 2.5 million to 5 million jobs to the US over the next five-plus years”.

These reports tend to support five critical themes in manufacturing identified in the Industry Week article:

  • End User Demand is Driving Companies to Produce Closer to their Customer Base
    • Proximity to the customer base allows for greater responsiveness, better market positioning, more accurate demand forecasts and ability to offer end-market customization.
    • Note: Remke Engineered Solutions is all about end-market customization
  • Better Management of Supply Chain Risk
    • Re-locating closer to customers results in shorter lead times, increased flexibility, enhanced efficiency and customer responsiveness
  • Narrowing Differences in Energy and Labor Costs
    • The discovery of shale gas within the borders of the US has positively affected the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, especially in the chemicals industry. AND companies aren’t saving as much on wages in formerly ‘low-cost’ countries. China’s hourly rate has nearly doubled from 2008 to 2013.
  • Importance of Innovation, Differentiation and Speed to Market
    • As manufacturers seek growth in local markets they find that they must tailor some of their products to the local market and become faster at getting products to market in order to thrive.
    • Note – tailoring products for its customers is something Remke does every day
  • The Importance of Business Environment & Regional Attractiveness
    • The U.S. has stronger laws and institutions relative to developing economies which provides manufacturers with greater intellectual property protection and higher safety standards.

L.E.K. Consulting said that their survey results indicated that “companies won’t close their existing facilities in China….instead these companies will expand into the U.S. with new, expanded and productivity-enhanced facilities in sectors such as aerospace, defense, industrials, oil and gas.” The Welcome Advance to American Manufacturing is that companies will locate close to where growth is coming from — at home in the USA.

Has reshoring had an impact on your region? And if so did this result in sales opportunities for your company? Please SHARE and LIKE this blog………and as always Thank You for subscribing to EVERYTHING’S CONNECTED.

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Infographic: The Ultimate Guide to Cable Strain Relief

Cable Strain Relief Options – Simplified!

It’s easy to figure out which strain relief connector is ideal for any application. Just follow the lines.

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Ultimate Guide to Cable Strain Relief Remke InfographicView on Remke.com

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Remke delivers electrical cable and connectors of all types! Shop our online catalog for in-stock strain relief cable connectors or have us create custom electrical connectors to your exact specs.

Call a Remke Expert at 877-438-8833 or Request a Quote online.

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New Year’s Resolutions for US Manufacturers

Not long ago I stumbled upon the MANUFACTURING INNOVATION BLOG. In scrolling through their blog my reaction was this was a great resource of information for any manufacturer. But who are these guys? Follow a couple of links and I found that the weekly blog is the work of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) who works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create & retain jobs, increase profits, save time and money. I read a bit more and discovered that MEP is a joint program between NIST/the National Institute of Standards & Technologies and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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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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