The Key to Business Growth: Taking Market Share (Infographic Part 1)

12 Tips for Taking Market Share – Part 1

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 first in a 2-part series, this piece has 6 ideas.
Watch for 6 more in the next blog post.

Taking Market Share Infographic. With the economy growing slowly, the best way to grow your business is by taking market share away from the competition -


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New Production Machines Require a New WorkForce

Things Learned at IMTS 2014
Sensors, advanced integrated circuits and software are now totally embedded in new production equipment that was displaced at the recent International Machine Technology Shown in Chicago. And the new production equipment requires a new workforce capable of running them.

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Small Contractor Describes the Perfect Distributor

A recent article from tED Magazine interviewed a small contractor, Jeff Klimek of Techno-Structure, Inc. about his ideal distributor. It gives all electrical distributors a keen look into what’s important to smaller contractors.

Read the full article on Small Contractor Describes the Perfect Distributor >

“Sometimes it’s easier to manage a chaotic situation when you’re dealing with a company that makes dealing with them simple and straightforward”

Key Considerations for Distributors:

Web-Based Purchasing: ordering it typically performed after-hours, when customer service teams aren’t available. Web-based ordering makes that possible.

Integrated Stock Levels: show stock levels on the website so availability is clear.

Efficient Will Call: no waiting to pick up last minute parts.

Free Shipping: loyalty to a distributor would increase if shipping fees were obsolete based on an annual sales volume.

Expedited Shipping: next-day or 2-day shipping is a must for last minute parts.

One-Stop Shopping: everything needed for any project should be available from a single distributor to save time.

No-Hassle Returns: stand by the products you sell and help get replacements very quickly and easily.

What would you add to that list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below. 

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Alibaba Could Become a Bigger Threat to Distribution than AmazonSupply

If you’ve never heard of Alibaba, it won’t last for long. From the looks of it, Alibaba will be a household name soon, possibly more common than Amazon.

So who are they and what do they want from the electrical industry?

Alibaba and the threat they pose to the US Distribution chainAlibaba is a Chinese based distributor that some describe as a cross between Amazon and EBay. They describe themselves as the “largest online and mobile commerce company in the world”.

Wall Street and the electrical industry are keeping a close eye on Alibaba because of their capacity to sell B2B. This gives them an additional way to continue growing and increasing profits. Whether or not they will have a strong presence in the electrical industry remains unclear, but with their sheer size, it is expected that they will have an impact.

This article from tED Magazine outlines the company and why we should keep an eye on them. Click to read the full article “Alibaba Could Become a Bigger Threat to Distribution than AmazonSupply”, published Sept 7, 2014.

The article cites the sheer size of Alibaba as the biggest threat. Their IPO is expected to be the biggest ever and estimate the value of the company at $167 Billion (compared to Amazon’s $160 Billion Value). They are expected to raise $25.3 Billion in the upcoming IPO to help them expand even further in the US.

Looking at their current financials, the threat is real. In the quarter ending June 30, revenue increased 46% from last year, while earnings increased 60% to nearly $1.2 Billion.

We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Alibaba, along with many other manufacturers and distributors. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

UPDATE: Alibaba stock premiered on Wall Street today, Sept 19, for a whopping $92.70 per share,  well exceeding the $68 expectation. It quickly grew to a high of $99.70 in active trading. Read more on

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5 Things to Know About Molded Connector Construction

1] Extreme Environments Demand Tough Materials

5 Things to Know about Molded Connector Construction by Remke IndustriesCorrosion, abrasives, liquids, heat, cold and stress from constant motion are all factors to consider when choosing a molded connector. No matter how demanding your application can be, the right materials for construction will make all the difference. And don’t forget about NEMA and IP Ratings! They should be one of the specifications for your connector.

Standard materials include TPE, PUR, PVC and Nylon. Higher-rated materials include Polyurethane, Polyester Resin and Silicone.

If you need a waterproof molded connector, look for one that has an O-Ring with locknuts to create the tightest seal possible.

2] Contact Materials Seal the Deal

While the overmold to the connector protects it from the surrounding environment, the right contact materials keep power flowing properly through the connection.

Standard options for molded connector contacts include brass, copper and nickel, which are best for controlled environments and general industrial applications.

If you have environmental concerns, consider gold-plating or copper alloys to deliver increased conductivity in low voltage and corrosive applications.

3] Strain Relief is Important for Long-Term Reliability

When molded connectors take abuse from bending and flexing with a piece of equipment, extra strain relief should be used. A cord grip or wire mesh grip will provide pull-out protection, even in vertical runs or in environments where extreme flexing and movement occur.

4] Little Extras Go a Long Way

Extra options for molded connectors will help you get the long-term performance you need, and reduce maintenance along the way. Here are 3 of the options that at the top of the list.

  • ‘Ribs’ molded into the exterior housing increase grip-surface and reduce slip-offs or the need for special disconnection tools.
  • When the entire connector is molded to the cable, it is extra durable in any environment.
  • LED Lights make it easy to see if the connection is live or not.

5] Distribution Boxes Make Installation and Maintenance Simple

Using distribution boxes simplifies installation and maintenance in environments where multiple connections are needed to control power, conserve space or change components in seconds. Simply terminate multiple connections into one box, and wire the box to the power supply.

Contact Remke Industries to find the perfect molded connector for your application. Our experts are ready to answer your questions. 877-438-8833

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American Worker Productivity in 2014

We salute American Workers on this Labor Day Weekend!

As a company based in the USA, manufacturing electrical connectors in the USA and serving other companies here, the people of Remke take so much pride in our home, our workers and our overall contribution to this great country.

With the economic turmoil of the past 10 years, it’s even more important to salute the productivity of the American Worker.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Manufacturing sector productivity increased 3.6% in the second quarter of 2014 as output increased 7% and hours worked increased 3.2%. Productivity increased 2.9% in the durable good sector and 5.9% in nondurable goods.”

“Over the past four quarters, manufacturing productivity increased 2.1%, as output increased 3.7% and hours increased 1.5%.”

Read the full Economic News Release: Productivity and Costs, Second Quarter 2014 on the BLS website>

Since 1987, American Worker Productivity has seen much change, but has been steadily increasing according to these productivity charts by The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Mfg Productivity 1987-2013



WE SALUTE the work ethic, productivity and genuine caring of the Remke team! 50 Years of providing quality electrical connectors will bring very bright things to our future!


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Quick Guide: MC Cable Connectors

News Flash……MC Cable Installation Continues to Improve with Advances in Materials and Fittings……

Now you would not have heard this story reported by the mainstream media or on cable news networks. BUT – the use of Metal Clad Cable over traditional conduit is growing as contractors in every industry are discovering how much faster and more cost effective they can get jobs done using MC cable and fittings.
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Top 10 Management Practices of Effective Leaders

Being good at your job doesn’t guarantee that you will be a good leader or manager. Effective management is an art – but fortunately for most of us it’s an art that can be learned if all of us will follow some basic principles. Different management styles will suit different situations however there are some universals………
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Heavy-Duty, Waterproof Electrical Connectors

As the heat of summer in at its peak, it’s a great time to examine your submerged electrical connectors, or any connection that is exposed to water, high humidity or other elements that cause corrosion.

It’s the time of year when the weak links make their presence known. Don’t let your electrical connectors be the weakest link!

If you’re having problems with a liquid-tight fitting, and replacing or servicing them regularly, take a look at the materials and construction. There is likely a component of that connection that is failing. By selecting the right components, you’ll ensure long-lasting connectivity and reliability.

Waterproof electrical connectors for industrial applications such as water treatment plants

Waterproof Electrical Connector Materials

304 Stainless Steel – tough and corrosion resistant, 304 SS is ideal for high-moisture applications and is the standard for waterproof electrical connections.

316 Stainless – heavy-duty corrosion resistance, 316 SS is made for superior protection from chemicals and acids, as well as moisture and a variety of abrasives.

Nickel-plated aluminum – the appearance of polished stainless steel without the cost. It protects against corrosion, wear, friction and contamination under severe conditions.

Nylon – lightweight, durable and corrosion resistant, Nylon connectors are ideal for damp environments.

Valox – suitable for FDA regulations, Valox provides superior corrosion resistance in applications that require washdowns.

If you deal with water and electricity, chances are you have other environmental concerns as well. Check out this infographic: Cable Strain Relief in Harsh Environments >

Remke’s Waterproof Connectors Product Line Overview

Liqua-Seal Connectors

  • Chromium zinc plating on the body, ferrule, locknut and clamp nut to prevent corrosion under the most adverse of conditions
  • Ideally suited for applications such as food processing plants, chemical processing facilities, offshore rigs, pulp and paper factories, automation equipment, heavy-duty electrical motor housings and medical equipment.
  • Watertight and oil tight
  • Provides strain relief and reduces stress on components and termination points.
  • UL Listed, CSA Certified and RoHS Compliant
  • Learn More about Liqua-Seal Connectors

SS Liquidtight

  • Corrosion resistance AND the strength of stainless steel for the highest levels of endurance
  • Connect liquidtight conduit into a knockout or threaded NPT opening
  • Seal electrical connections against dust, dirt, oil, water, chemicals and other corrosive elements
  • Nylon insulated throat
  • Rated IP 68 and NEMA 4x
  • UL Listed and CSA Certified.
  • Suited for OEM and MRO applications known for their corrosive and abusive environments including: Food & Beverage Processing, Petrochemical, Pulp & Paper Mills, Wasterwater Treatment, Heavy-duty electrical motors, generators and transformers, Offshore Oil Rigs & Platforms, Chemical Processing, Portable equipment, Machine Tool Building
  • Learn More about LiquidTight Stainless Steel Connectors

Tuff-Seal Cord Grips

  • Designed to withstand the extremes of water, caustic materials, detergents or surfactants
  • Available in metallic and non-metallic materials, including 304 and 316 Stainless Steel, Nickel-Plated Aluminum, Nylon and Valox
  • Meet or exceed IP 67 or IP 68 standards
  • Variety of thread styles
  • Learn More about Tuff-Seal Cord Grips

 Custom-Designed Waterproof Connectors



Whitepaper: Stainless Steel Connectors for Water & Wastewater Treatment 

Electrical Connectors Material Guide for Harsh Environments

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5 Ways to Save Space on Control Panels

There is only so much space on a control panel, and you need to make each centimeter count. Here are some ideas on how to maximize the space and get the most from your electrical connectors and panels.

5 Ways to Save Space on Control Panels

Use Square-Shaped Knock-outs and Connectors
Traditional circle-shaped, knock-out and electrical connectors should be replaced with square-shaped ones if space is a concern. They fit together tighter and utilize the space that would otherwise occur between the circles. Square-shaped connectors allow you to place more connections in a single panel.

multiple hole bushingsUse Multiple-Hole Bushings
Terminate several loose cables into cord grips with one simple fitting – a multiple-hole bushing. Instead of connecting each cable separately, combine them into one and not only save space, but equipment and labor costs as well! Learn more in this infographic on Multiple-Hole Bushings >

Eliminate Old Components
Older cables, connectors and other components tend to be larger and take up more space. Advances in technology have helped create smaller components that take up less space. Whether it’s the electrical connector, cables or the panel itself, replacing them with modern, slimmer designs can help you make the most of your space.

Utilize the Enclosure’s Corner Space
One of the most under-utilized spaces in an enclosure is the corners. In traditional control panels, it is unused completely. However, new advances in design have brought about methods of using it to the fullest. Using a corner wiring duct can save up to 12% of space on the sub-panels and decrease the overall enclosure footprint by up to 18%. A whitepaper from Panduit Corp. called “Space Optimization for Control Panels” has some great information on how to make it happen.

Bus system connectorsUtilize Bus Systems
Control groups of connections at the same time, from the same panel, instead of creating separate enclosures for each one.

A Bus System Connector is also ideal for harsh environments where corrosion and other tough elements exist. Remke’s Bus System Connectors are Rated for IP68 conditions.

For any control panel, it is essential to also get the right cooling systems in place to prevent overheating.

Remke has many options for molded connectors, cord grips, bus system connectors and all types of industrial electrical connectors to help you get the most from your control panels.

Most components are in-stock and ready to ship, or we can create connectors to your exact specs.

Call one of our experts at 877-438-8833 or visit for more information.

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