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Buttons All Around: Push Buttons, E-stop Buttons, and Emergency Buttons

 

Each of these types of buttons is unique in its own way. Many do not know the difference or why the differences are so significant.

 

PUSH BUTTONS

 

These buttons are a general purpose button that provide a stop/start feature for machinery. They are designed to fit the machine and can be used on just about any devices, including casino machines and fitness machines. These buttons are typically designed for the machine they are ordered for and can look any way the customer is seeking.

 

They are a very generalized version of a button and provide a multi-purpose use. These buttons can be inset or stick out, depending what the customer is seeking to use the button for. As a more all-purpose button, this button provides the diversity of being used for almost anything. The only way this button is not able to be used is as an emergency stop button.

 

EMERGENCY STOP BUTTONS OR E-STOP BUTTONS

 

An E-stop button is more of a focused use. This button is designed for emergency situations and is meant to stop a machine in the event of an emergency. It’s important to note that this button can be made to look like a general purpose push button and may not be as easy to detect in the event of an emergency.

 

The E-stop button is designed with the safety of employees in mind as it will immediately stop the machine and allow any concerns or emergency situations to be rectified before turning the machine back on.

 

As the top grade emergency button, this option is very important for machines. It is made to show it’s meant for emergencies with its red, mushroom-like top and yellow base. This button also has a specialized lockout feature to keep the machine off while it is being repaired, should an emergency occur. Most companies seek out these types of buttons for their machines as they will provide the most safety and security for employees.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Moving forward with your button choices, seek out the perfect button for your needs. Feel free to do your own research and find the button that works for you. It’s important to know exactly what the button will be used for and what it should look like before moving forward with the purchase.

 

If you’re still questioning the buttons and which one is best, contact Rees, Inc. for further help. The professionals can help you determine the best choice in buttons for your needs. Let them help you find the right button for you and ease your frustrations when it comes to choosing the perfect button or buttons for your company needs.

 

Sources:

http://www.grayhill.com/products/pushbutton-switches/

https://www.digikey.com/en/product-highlight/r/rafi/emergency-stop-switches-E-stops

http://www.omron-ap.com/service_support/FAQ/FAQ02455/index.asp

https://www.reesinc.com/contact.html

The Importance of Push Button Switches

 

Many mechanical devices use, or have capabilities for, some form of a push button system, but many people don’t know what a push button system – or even just a push button – is.

 

WHAT IS A PUSH BUTTON?

 

Push buttons are devices that are created for use on heavy machinery, typically presses in a shop. They are used for the following applications:

 

  • Security Systems
  • Industrial Manufacturing Equipment
  • Casino Gaming
  • Audio/Video Equipment
  • Avionics
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Test and Measurement Equipment

 

These devices, and more, are examples of the customized buttons that can be created in the push button category.

 

HOW THEY ARE USED

 

While you can see from above that these buttons are used in many ways, this is a generalization of how push buttons can be used. Some can be lighted to find them in the dark or to show when they are on or off. Others can be inset in a machine (such as buttons on fitness equipment) to provide a flush look without multiple buttons sticking out across the device.

 

Each button can also be customized to fit the needs of the purchaser. The following customizations are the most common:

 

  • Custom Caps and Legends
  • Custom Detents (clicks) and Tactile Feel
  • Multiple Termination and Cabling Options
  • Custom Electronics

 

DESIGN

 

While the above shows an array of uses and customizations, there are also many ways to design push buttons. Each design is unique and helpful to the company purchasing it:

 

  • Single Plunger Push Button Switch
  • Double Plunger Push Button Switch
  • Mushroom Plunger with Swing Latch

 

Each of these designs are important to the use of the button. Depending on the application it’s used for, the customizations the company wants, and the design of the button is the determinate for the use and need of the company. Many companies seek a basic single plunger push button with no customizations to use on large presses in a shop or something similar.

 

It’s very rare to find someone wanting specialty buttons for casinos or fitness equipment as most of the buttons are now flush to the machines to create ease of access and cut down on the injuries to the person using the machine. Safety is one of the biggest factors in creating a push button system.

 

CONCLUSION

 

All of this information is very important when it comes to having a push button system and creating the proper push button for the job. One thing that creates the biggest concern, but it’s also the easiest to fix, is finding what the customer wants. It’s important to have all your details before ordering so the production team can ensure to provide exactly what you want.

 

Customer satisfaction is important, but in order to satisfy the customer, the production team must have all the details. Ordering a push button system can be easy. Contact Rees, Inc. for more information or to order your system today.

 

Sources:

http://www.grayhill.com/products/pushbutton-switches/

http://www.ia.omron.com/products/category/switches/push-buttons_indicator-lamps/index.html

https://catalog.reesinc.com

https://www.reesinc.com/contact.html

Buttons of All Kinds: Push Buttons, E-stop Buttons, and Emergency Stop Buttons

There are many products in the world containing buttons. Some buttons are more important than others. In fact, there are two main types of buttons that we find very common on machinery and industrial equipment: push buttons and Emergency stop buttons, or E-stop buttons.

 

Each of these buttons can be broken into categories of individual types of buttons, but one thing remains the same: the location of their production. One place that produces these buttons is a company called Rees.

 

ABOUT REES

 

Rees, Inc. is based in Fremont, Indiana. They are a manufacturing company that focuses on creating electromechanical industrial control switches for different types of companies. These products range from rope and cable switches to various accessory items for machines.

 

The company began with a simple prototype of a single push button made in the founder, Mackworth Rees’, garage. This led to the start of Rees, Inc. in 1929. Very close to opening its doors, Rees, Inc. became the leading supplier of push buttons in Detroit. Today, they have retained that primary status, while expanding their company to include other areas of Michigan and Indiana.

 

Since their inception, Rees, Inc. has produced an array of different products that have been used in many different locations. These products are generally used as safety features in corporate plants, but in some cases, have other uses as well.

 

PRODUCTS

 

 

With a multitude of needs to be met, Rees, Inc. provides an array of products to serve the needs of every company they do business with. Their products include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Cable/Rope Operated Switches
  • Single Plunger Push Button Switches
  • Double Plunger Push Button Switches
  • Accessories and Associated Control Switches
  • 5 mm Control Units
  • Supplemental Industrial Switches
  • Explosion Proof Switches
  • 5 mm Control Units 
  • Contact Blocks
  • Weatherproof Switches
  • Specials/Modifications
  • 5 mm Push Buttons
  • Specific Selector Switch

 

Each of these products works in a unique way to provide the services any company may require. There are many special features to each switch that allows it to be the perfect choice for larger industries. One of those perfect choices are the push buttons.

 

PUSH BUTTONS

 

 

A push button produced by Rees, Inc. is designed to work in many different ways. Push buttons are a specific type of switch that contains a button on a pad that must be pushed in order to activate or deactivate a specific object’s operation. These push buttons are designed specifically for hand operation and are generally used with electromagnetic equipment. Each button has a different look and feel, designed to fit all types of equipment and machinery.

 

 

TYPES OF PUSH BUTTONS

 

There are a multitude of push buttons that can all be used with electromagnetic equipment, but some may fit the need better than others. The types of switches include:

 

  • Push Button Switches with Larger Mounting Pattern
  • Flat Chrome Plunger Push Button Switches 
  • 25 inch Plastic Mushroom Plunger
  • 25 inch Metal Mushroom Plunger
  • 25 inch Mushroom Plunger with Shield and Weatherproof
  • 25 inch Mushroom Plunger with Shield
  • 00 inch Push Button with Key Lock
  • 25 inch Push Button with Key Lock
  • 00 inch Plastic Plunger
  • 75 inch Mush Push-Pull
  • 25 inch Mushroom Plunger with Spring Latch

 

The above list are all single plunger push button switches. Rees, Inc. also created double plunger push button switches and 30.5 mm push buttons. These other types of switches are generally used for on/off switches and larger equipment (respectively). They are very useful products and provide many important features to the industries who seek them.

 

WHY THEY’RE USEFUL

 

These varieties of push buttons are generally used as a safety measure for operations. The buttons can be provided to a company to add to their machinery in case the machines don’t have a way of shutting off automatically in an emergency. With the help of these buttons, machines can be turned off manually, or turned on to restart manually, should the need arise.

 

It’s important to understand that shop workers need to have these safety features in order to work on larger machines should something break or fail to operate properly. Having the ability to turn off a machine at a moment’s notice provides the added safety for most workers that ensures their job is a safe environment with all proper safety procedures and precautions in place.

 

EMERGENCY STOP BUTTONS OR E-STOP BUTTONS

 

The emergency stop buttons,

 

or E-stop buttons, are used as more of an immediate stop for a machine. They are important if a press or heavy machine breaks down in some way and requires immediate stopping. These buttons are designed to fit discreetly on the machines to look as though they were made for the machine. They are fixed into place and used to create a safer work environment for employees who come in contact with the machinery.

 

Emergency stop buttons, or E-stop buttons, manufactured by Rees most commonly come in the following forms: 22.5mm buttons, 30.5mm buttons, and 2.25 inch Mushroom Plunger with Spring Latch. Each of these options has a unique design and set of features to fit a multitude of different needs.

 

22.5mm BUTTONS

 

The first button to look at, also the smallest, is the 22.5mm button. This button is designed in multiple forms to create a small button, made for small machines, to stop a piece o

 

f machinery quickly in an emergency.

 

These buttons, and their specifications, provide companies with the E-stop features they need while providing the most logical and easy-to-use features available. While some E-stop buttons are not designed for certain machines, there are enough to choose from to allow the company to have their pick. Despite this option not being useful for every need, it still has many uses in its own way.

 

WHY 22.5mm BUTTONS ARE USEFUL

 

These buttons provide a safety feature for workers and maintenance teams who work on the machines they would be attached to. These are a special type of emergency stop button, or E-stop button, that are important to provide the safety and security the companies require for their employees working on heavy machinery.

 

With the bonus of being smaller, they are easily placed on a machine no matter the size and provide the discrete look of having been there since the machine was built. This al

 

so creates an ease of use because the buttons are not obvious to someone who wouldn’t be looking for it, therefore creating another safety feature in its own way. The ability to hide itself because of its size would be the perfect way to protect a worker should he or she have to stop the machine and work on it from the inside, thus ensuring no one could turn the machine on while the worker was inside.

 

30.5mm BUTTONS

 

The next level of emergency stop buttons, or E-stop buttons, is the 30.5mm buttons. These buttons are designed to be a step up in size from the 22.5mm buttons but provide the same level of safety and security for the company employees. These buttons fall under the 30.5mm category and provide the next level of safety for employees:

 

  • 5mm Push Buttons
  • 5mm Mushroom and Rope Pull Operators
  • Combined Selector Push Button Control

 

While some of these might be more useful than others, depending on the needs of the company, Rees, Inc. provides the best quality of each product to ensure the right button for the job.

 

WHY 30.5mm BUTTONS ARE USEFUL

 

These buttons, while larger than the 22.5mm buttons, are extremely useful because they still provide the same quality level of safety for the workers. The larger buttons, generally used for larger machines, are of the proper quality and size to ensure the employees and maintenance staff are able to locate it quickly should a need arise. These buttons are provided to companies with larger machinery that require that larger button for the safety and security of the workers and the machines.

 

2.25 INCH MUSHROOM PLUNGER WITH SPRING LATCH

 

Another important design, the 2.25 inch mushroom plunger with spring latch, is one of the more heavy duty buttons used for emergency stop, or E-stop, buttons in companies with heavy machinery. This type of button provides many features useful for emergency situations as well as maintenance needs.

 

They are typically used on presses to act as a “STOP” switch and have a special lock out feature to keep someone from reactivating the press while maintenance is being performed. Typically, these buttons would be used where there are multiple operators on the press. This is usually a safety feature for both the press and the operators.

 

 

WHY 2.25 INCH MUSHROOM PLUNGER WITH SPRING LATCH IS USEFUL

 

This device provides a multitude of uses to keep presses and employees working and safe. Having this button attached to a press allows the press operator to go about his or her daily business of running the press and knowing that, should something happen, he or she can immediately stop the press at any time.

 

The lock out feature provides that same level of comfort for the employee maintaining the press. He or she can get into the press with ease and feel confident that the button has been locked out and no one can turn it on while the maintenance employee is inside the press working to fix any issues that have arisen.

 

Because this button is so important, it is found on many of the presses in many of the larger corporation shops. It’s a highly coveted piece of equipment that is best for keeping employees safe and the corporate bosses happy.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Each of these buttons have special features that make them unique and important. Many of them are a safety feature to most companies. Whether they are seeking something small and basic, like the push buttons, something more on the safety end, like the 22.5mm buttons, or perhaps something larger or with a lock out feature, like the 30.5mm buttons or the 2.25 inch mushroom plunger with spring latch; these buttons provide each company with the right equipment for their company’s needs.

 

In creating this company, Mackworth Re

 

es has brought a new safety feature into the lives of plant workers everywhere. His design for the different buttons has become a widely used feature in many shops and on many production lines. Each of the new designs brought about by Rees, Inc. can be traced back to Mackworth Rees’s first push button creation.

 

Today’s creations have begun to provide more safety features and bring about a new way many corporate shops do business. By purchasing the multitude of buttons and switches from Rees, Inc., the corporate shops are taking the next steps to ensure the safety of every worker in their plants.

 

Safety should be a number one priority for many corporate America plants. The developments at Rees, Inc. aid in making this a reality. By installing these security features on their machines, plants are helping to create a safer work environment for their employees.

 

Having that sense of security in the presses and other heavy machinery they work on, provides the workers with more of a sense of being happy to come to work every day. By knowing the company cares enough to install these safety features, it’s no wonder they are able to provide more jobs for people in the area.

 

E-stop Button (Emergency Stop Button)

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https://catalog.reesinc.com/category/single-plunger-push-button-switches

https://catalog.reesinc.com/category/all-categories-22-5-mm-control-units

https://catalog.reesinc.com/category/30-5-mm-control-units

https://catalog.reesinc.com/viewitems/single-plunger-push-button-switches/2-25-inch-mushroom-plunger-with-spring-latch

What is an E-stop?

By: Luke Frey – Sales Manager at Rees, Inc.

The term Emergency Stop Switch may have several different formal definitions, depending on what resource or standard to which you are referring. I would summarize those various definitions by providing the following definition: An emergency stop switch is a device that, when actuated by an individual, performs an immediate shutdown of the equipment to which it is wired/programmed. Pretty basic concept, right? Things go wrong, people get worried, BOOM. Switch is activated, equipment is stopped, and crisis is hopefully fully averted. So how does Rees fit into the picture?

Rees manufactures push buttons, some of which fulfil the requirements of various Emergency stop switch standards. Some of these requirements may change based upon the equipment that is being used, so it is very important for users to know which standards apply to their intended use. Based upon the most common uses we see for our buttons, these are the most common requirements we come across:

  • Must have a yellow background
  • Actuator itself must be Red
  • The Contacts must be maintained – Meaning that when the switch is activated, it must be able to remain in that position until it is manually reset by an individual. (There is usually a button or handle on the switch that allows this to be done.)
  • The achievement of Normally Closed contact separation is the direct result of a specified movement of the switch actuator through non-resilient members. (example: NOT dependent upon springs)

There are other features that some of our customers prefer as well, such as:

  • Lockable Buttons – The ability to, once the device has been actuated, use a padlock, hasp, or some other form of locking device on switch in order to assure that it cannot be reset until the locking device has been removed.
  • Various Trip Forces – The determined amount of pressure, in weight, that it takes to actuate the switch.

In conclusion, I hope that this provides you with a more thorough knowledge of common e-stop requirements, as well as how Rees fits into the equation. If you have further questions about how Rees products may be used as e-stops on your equipment, please reach out to us and we will be happy to help you as best we can. If we are unable to fully understand the application or provide an answer, we have Sales Reps across the Midwest that will be happy to help as well. Be safe and thanks for choosing Rees.

Exciting Changes at Rees

By: Luke Frey – Sales Manager at Rees, Inc.

Rees, Inc. is proud to announce that the company has named a new General Manager. Joel Jepson, from Coldwater, Michigan, has spent the last 11 months in management training and officially moved into the position of Rees General Manager on April 1st, 2019. Joel takes over a role that Debra Kolbow has held for many years, as Debra plans to ease into retirement. Debra will remain on staff as President and will still be involved in decision making processes over the course of the next couple years, while Joel will now oversee Day-to-Day operations. We’re excited to have Joel in this position and look forward to what the future holds for Rees, Inc.

Work vs. Play

By: Luke Frey – Sales Manager at Rees, Inc.

 

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Or so the expression goes. But unfortunately all play and no work leaves Jack unemployed, unproductive and potentially homeless. Certainly not ideal. I am a firm believer that there is a time for humor, casual conversation and laughter within the workplace. The key is balance. Work and Play, when properly blended together, can provide an enjoyable environment that increases company morale and in-so-part increases productivity.

It’s the little things that make a difference. In order to foster a positive work environment, Managers and co-workers need to take time to invest in those they work with. Get to know those around you. During your coffee/lunch breaks, learn about their families, their lives, where they’re from, etc. I understand that this is difficult to do in a big company, but pick and choose to do so with those you work closest with. Of course, this all starts from the top. Management needs to establish a set of principles based on Integrity and implement those by taking care of their workers. That is what brings us to my favorite part… work fun.

People are motivated and more focused when they are in a more laidback environment. We at Rees, Inc. take our role in the Industrial sector very seriously. When an issue arises, we do our best to resolve it properly and timely. We make sure and do our best to serve our customers best we can. We do our homework on our products: How they operate, how they’re used, how/if they can be improved, what industries they serve. We know our stuff. We take pride in that. However, our workplace is no boot-camp. Our break room is filled with tasty treats, reading material and a can-crush contest that is sure to bring out anyone’s competitive nature. (Current Champ right here, folks ;)) We also celebrate ALL employee birthdays, bringing in the dessert of their choosing for everyone to indulge in. Like I said, it’s the little things. While these little things make up VERY small parts of our day, you can assure that when we return to our desks to focus on the task at hand, we do so with a smile and a go-getter mentality. Bonding, Fun, Efficiency, Productivity, Company Morale: All intertwined. What can you do within your company to promote unity? Something to think about.

10 Simple Ways to Treat your Employees This Holiday Season

By: Luke Frey – Sales Manager at Rees, Inc.

It’s the Holiday season. A time to be cheerful, a time to spend with family and a time to show others how much you care about them. Not just your family and friends, but those you work alongside as well. So if you’re in a management position and need some suggestions as how to treat your employees well this holiday season, look no further. Let’s start with the basics.

  1. Have chocolates and peppermint coffee available in the break room.
  2. Send each of your employees an e-mail letting them know why you appreciate them. (could be tough for large companies)
  3. Give them an extended lunch their last work day before Christmas.
  4. Pick a day to have Carolers parade through the facility with Christmas songs for a brief time period. (We don’t want to completely kill productivity ;))
  5. If you have a TV in the break room, have Christmas movies playing on it throughout the day.
  6. Have a day where your employees can bring their kids to see Santa. (If hiring a Santa infringes on your budget, seek out the employee who most resembles Saint Nick.)
  7. Have your employees do a $10 white elephant gift exchange during their lunch break. Throw in a half day off work to the individual who brings the most bizarre gift.
  8. Put up a bulletin board in the break room and have your employees bring in a goofy Christmas photo to hang up. Nothing increases company morale quite like laughter.
  9. Assort the refrigerator in the break room with various flavors of eggnog. (you’re probably noticing a theme here. But hey,people love food!)
  10. Assure their safety by putting Rees products on your equipment (Sales people everywhere roll their eyes. Hey, I have to throw in a sales pitch somewhere!)

All joking aside, if there’s one thing we know how to do here at Rees it’s take care of our employees. They are the backbone of our company and deserve to be treated for their hard work and dedication. So… all you managers out there: please take some sort of initiative this holiday season to make sure your workers know how much they are valued. Their appreciation will be reflected in their work. Merry Christmas!

Top 10 things you don’t want to hear from your Plant workers

By: Luke Frey – Sales Manager at Rees, Inc.

In manufacturing there are primarily 2 categories of people that allow a company to operate successfully: Those who make the product and those who sell the product. While I prefer to be the latter, my job cannot be done without the former. Our plant workers are the people we depend on at the ground level. A good product is produced due to the hard work of skilled and dedicated laborers. That being said, let’s take a look at what we don’t want to hear from those people in the plant.

 

  1. “Nail-gun fight!”
  2. “Has anybody found Fred’s gold tooth lying around or should we still be looking?”
  3. “Twenty bucks says I can beat the robot in an arm-wrestling match.”
  4. “Honestly, I just mix the green liquid with the pink liquid, start mashing buttons, and hopefully everything comes out looking okay.”
  5. “Who wants to play ‘Race the crash-test car.’?”
  6. “Did you know that you can drive a forklift with no hands?”
  7. “Hypothetically speaking, what would be my limit on beers per shift?”
  8. “What do we make again?”
  9. “If you play your angles right, you can ride the conveyor around the whole plant in 10 minutes.”
  10. “What a busy day. Had to cut my morning break down to 3 hours.”

 

While it is enjoyable to sit back and laugh at humorous scenarios, one thing that is NOT a joke is workplace safety. There are people in manufacturing environments that suffer from life-altering injuries, due to lack of safety, equipment malfunction, etc. These are the type of incidents that we must try and prevent. The people you depend on are those you must protect. A good workplace provides an environment in which its workers can KNOW that their safety is a top priority. This means assuring that the proper safeguards are used on equipment AND that workers are properly educated and trained on what steps must be taken to optimize the safety of their selves and their co-workers. We at Rees are grateful for the opportunity to provide products that can help keep people safe in the workplace. We appreciate your business and hope that you will continue to depend on our products for providing added safety throughout the years.

The Beauty of Manufacturing

By Luke Frey – Sales Manager at Rees, Inc.

The industrial revolution is an iconic time frame in History, which took place between the mid 1700’s and 1800’s. Many of us have covered this topic in History class, but probably never really picked apart and assessed how it correlates to life today. Before this revolution began, manufacturing took place on a small scale, often in the homes of individuals who had developed the skills needed to produce a product. What the industrial revolution provided was the proper equipment and ability to mass produce these products at a more efficient rate, with a higher quantity of output.

All of this got me thinking… what if the industrial revolution never happened? What if from the 1700’s to present day nothing changed in the process of how we produce goods? Manufacturing never took off. No high tech equipment, no new machinery, nothing. What would life look like today? Please bear in mind, there is no real way to know how history would have played out and there is always the rare possibility of advancement in various industries. Therefore, what you read here is simply my desire to explore how things would look given that things simply didn’t pan out.

The year is 2018. You wake up to the sound of… a rooster? You don’t have an alarm clock, because such thing was never invented. The technology just wasn’t uncovered to produce such a device. So for right now, a rooster is your best bet. You slip on the leather shoes your wife purchased from the cobbler down the street and throw on the thinly lined clothes that she mended together for you. It’s time to start the work day. You go outside and hop on your bicycle, as your means of transportation are limited. You see, the automotive industry never really took off. There was this Ford guy that had some pretty bright ideas, but he simply didn’t have the means to put these ideas into action.

After a ride down Main Street, you finally arrive at your destination. Your little blacksmith shop isn’t much more than a barn, but it’s enough to provide a steady income. You see, trade jobs like this are a necessity. Everyone is taught from a young age to learn and develop a skill that will allow you to contribute to society, thus allowing everyone’s provisions to be met. College is a narrow road, as education never really took off either. Developments in science have remained somewhat stagnant over the years, as the testing we now know and rely on simply doesn’t exist. All the machinery scientists would have used to study the world were never put into production. If any of these machines do exist, they’re only available to the wealthy and may never even get into the proper hands of those who could best use/produce them.

After a few long hours at work, you decide to take a lunch break. This consists of roast beef, mashed potatoes, and a glass of milk. The potatoes came from your local farmer, while the beef and milk came from the cows your neighbor owns. With no means to mass produce these products, you must have a local source in order to get your hands on such things. Upon finishing your lunch you remember that you were supposed to pick up something for your wife at the drug store (which is where most of your goods are purchased) but you can’t remember what it was. You’d like to communicate with her, but you have no real way to, seeing as though that dreamy iPhone X simply doesn’t exist. The best you can do is ask your assistant to ride his horse to your house and retrieve the message. He obliges.

After a long work day, you finally go home to your family. As evening advances, you light the lanterns in your house and prepare for bedtime. It’d be great to have electricity, but without the mass production of these goods this luxury simply isn’t available. So instead of winding down this evening by watching ‘Seinfeld,’ browsing the internet, or shopping on Amazon, you simply play a board game with the family. This is not a bad thing by any means, as family time is quality time. Your options are simply… different than maybe desired. This all resembles a typical day for you in 2018. No TV, no car, no radio to hear the ramblings of Mr. Trump (you have to read a newspaper for that). Just… another day.

Thanks for taking the time to take a break from your day and daydream with me for a little while. I understand that there is a lot that was left out of this, but it is my hope that you understand the basic concept. The ability to mass produce products has been essential to our advancement and has affected social, economic, technological, and scientific aspects of life. It is quite possible that the wealthy would have had the means to advance beyond the rest of the population, but for the sake of this article I decided to assume that they either hoarded those goods or were unable to bring together the right amount of talented individuals to produce such advancement. So if you work in manufacturing, I hope you take pride in what you do. Your small role influences the lives of many in such a simple, yet powerful, way. I also hope you appreciate the work of those that have gone ahead of us to bring such advancements to light and allow us to have the luxuries we do today. I know I sure do.

Manufacturing: A Young Person’s Game

By Luke Frey – Sales Manager, Rees, Inc.

 

“Go to College. Get a degree. Do something with your life,” is what my generation grew up hearing from adults. It almost became an implication that if you didn’t go to college, you would end up working at some dead-end, minimum wage job. The type that is intended for high school students to work at during summer vacation. The myth that you need a college degree to have a successful career is something that we need to crush. The solution? Let’s get these young people educated on their options and introduce them to a new avenue: The World of Manufacturing.

 

My father grew up in a generation where upon completing high school most kids opted not to go to college. During that time period, the 50’s and 60’s, most small town kids either went to a vocational/trade school or picked up a job working on the family farm. My father never went to college and spent 20+ years as a press operator, as well as working various jobs involving tools and machinery. He was able to support a family of 6 and now lives on 16 acres in a log home, enjoying retirement. The point is this: he was educated at a young age how to use tools/machines and developed the necessary skills to churn out a steady career. I believe we need to emphasize the same concept today to show young individuals how they can discover a career path they will enjoy without needing a college degree.

 

The biggest issue today is that most kids in our public school systems simply aren’t exposed to the options that exist in manufacturing. Some high schools do offer shop classes, yes; but usually as an elective that the majority of the student body either dodges or takes because they need to fill a slot in their daily schedule. What we need is to spark the passion and excitement. I mean, we’re talking about spending your days playing with drills, big machines, saws, and even in some cases robotics, and getting paid to do so! We’re talking about the opportunity to take basic elements and use them to create something right in front of your own eyes. Manufacturing provides the opportunity to contribute to the production of goods upon which our society relies. The opportunity to make an impact on the world. And most importantly, this industry can provide a steady lifestyle while spending your time doing something enjoyable (You may notice I am really hounding on this point. I hope the message is getting through.).

 

I spoke with a lady that runs a stamping press at our plant and she stated that she truly enjoys her work. “I get to spend my work hours playing with this machine and listening to music all day,” she said (I’m not saying all companies have a radio playing overhead in their plants, but it certainly is a nice addition). You see, we’re not just looking for young men.. We want young INDIVIDUALS. So what I’m simply proposing is that if you are in a position to bring these opportunities to light, whether it be that you’re involved with the local school-board, community foundation, etc., please find a way to get these ideas in front of young people. Find a way to push for these programs to be more exposed, revamped, and adequately supported, from both a financial and administrative standpoint. In our county we have an Economic Development Center that uses its resources to get inside schools and invite students out to machine shops/factories to learn about the different types of machines and how they’re used on a daily basis, as well as what opportunities are out there. That, my friends, is really the only way that we are going to capture the minds of these young individuals and build a foundation for a strong future. Small business are still the backbone of America and we need to do everything in our power to recruit vigorous young people to keep that trend going.

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