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Unity in the Workplace

By: Luke Frey

Unity is something that is currently lacking in our country. We’ve become so divided that protesting has become a daily news story. Unity is essential for progression. Whether it’s your country, family or workplace, moving forward towards better things can only be accomplished when a majority has been united with a purpose in mind. If I had a formula for making this happen, I would be making millions. Unfortunately I don’t. However, we can take a look at simple ways to unite those in a workplace.

  1. It all starts with Management. Great management at the top is key. Why? Because great leaders find a way to take care of their workforce. For both the betterment of the people and the company.
  2. Make people feel important. There are two ways I see this being played out. The first way is by investing in their lives, even if it means something as simple as knowing their name. It shows them that they matter. The second way is by showing them that their work matters. Provide feedback and rewards for job performance. No better way to motivate than with desirable incentives.
  3. Work towards a goal. This idea can also be correlated with idea number 2. Why? Because people take pride in their work when they can see that it is attributing towards a larger purpose. So make a company goal and, along the way, share with your employees the progress that you are all making TOGETHER. United. As one. Moving towards something bigger than themselves. Sports teams do this all the time and there’s no reason that same philosophy can’t be applied to the business world.
  4. Last but not least, make work fun. Nothing brings people together quicker than FUN – humor, laughter, entertainment, whatever is plausible.

Bottom line is this: Division does more harm than good. Unity produces results.

Rees Cable Switches – What you need to know

By: Jena Stuckey and Luke Frey

Rees has been manufacturing control switches since 1929. While push buttons were initially our main focus, cable switches came in to play shortly after and have made a splash in numerous industries. It is my hope that by providing a clearer understanding of the cable/rope switches Rees provides that we will be able to better assist you by helping you pinpoint which products will fit your needs.

Rees has one style of a broken cable detection switch. With this, the cable is stretched tightly until the shaft end is flush with the indicator hub end. The switch will trip and latch if the cable breaks, comes loose or is pulled. The blue booted reset button is pushed to reset contacts back to their normal operating configuration. These switches have been designed to reduce “nuisance tripping” from cable expansion and stretch often associated with taut cable switches. It also has the option of a pilot light or a blue button guard to protect the reset button in high traffic areas. The maximum recommended cable length is 200 feet with a maximum interval support of 10 feet. These switches are typically found on process applications such as conveyors, transfer machines or assembly lines within the automotive, machine tool, foundry and pharmaceutical industries.

Our standard cable operated switches have a slack cable style with positive break features. This makes the manual reset styles particularly competent for use in Emergency Stop applications as well as for ordinary circuit control. They are offered in both manual and automatic reset configuration. On the manual reset switches, the cable is connected on one end, and the t-handle on the other side is pulled to reset the switch. On the automatic version, the contacts return to original state once the cable is released. Rees also offers a food grade option that is coated a special white paint in order to withstand chemical wash-down. The maximum recommended cable length is 200 feet with a maximum interval support of 10 feet. These switches can be found on automated transfer machines and on various conveyor installations, with a heavy presence in material handling.

In the case that an indicator flag is preferred to see which switch has been tripped, we offer options for this! These are slack cable style switches that can be used in emergency stop applications, and are offered with single or double flag indicators.  The independently operating red indicating flag rotates 90 degrees when tripped. Manually returning the flag to its normal position resets the switch. The maximum recommended cable length is 200 feet with a maximum interval support of 10 feet. These devices can be found on various conveyor installations.

Our bi-directional cable switch is a slack cable style that is activated by pulling the cable on either side. To reset the switch, the blue button on the cover is pushed. The maximum cable recommended cable length is 200 feet on each end with a maximum interval support of 10 feet. This switch can be found anywhere there is a conveyor and is often used in material handling situations. Just as with the broken cable switch, we offer a button guard to give extra protection in high traffic areas.

Our rope operated sequence switches are slack cable style with slow-make contacts. The switches are not positive transfer and they do not latch in any position. They should NOT be used for any emergency stop applications. The action of these devices is that when the switch actuating arm is pulled by a cable the switch contacts will change state, that is, the NO will be closed and the NC will go open. When the force on the cable is removed from the actuator arm, spring pressure will return it to its normal position, while the contacts are held in position through a ratchet mechanism. The next time the cable is pulled, the action is repeated with the contacts returned to their original state. The total maximum cable length recommended is 200 feet with a maximum interval support of 10 feet. These devices can be found on various conveyor installations as well as other stations that require the pull-on, pull-off function that this being provides.

If you’re looking for a cable switch that can be used vertically as well as horizontally, we offer options for this as well! These switches are a slack cable style with slow-make – slow-break contacts, making these NOT suitable for emergency stop applications. The function of these switches is such that a device that is listed as NO uses a NC contact Block which is held open by a spring in the switch body. Pulling of the ring eye collapses that spring, allowing the contact block to close and actuate the circuit it is connected to. Releasing of the rope then allows the spring to expand thereby opening the contacts. The momentary version can most often be found being used with a rope hanging down for control of an overhead door. The maintained style requires that resetting take place at the switch so access must be considered when installing it. The maximum recommended rope length is 33 feet with a maximum interval support of 10 feet when horizontal.

Why Buy American?

By: Joel Jepson – GM at Rees, Inc.

As we move forward and hopefully out of the COVID-19 pandemic your friends, relatives, and business associates may tell you to “Support Local Small Businesses.” I would like to share with you some reasons why I believe this is incredibly important, especially under the current circumstances.

One of the greatest benefits when buying products from a small business is service. When we call upon a business, we hope to speak to a person. Someone who can immediately direct the call or answer a specific question we have. Many times this is something that a machine will not understand. This is much more likely to occur when contacting a small business. We can get to know the people behind the products we’re buying, whether it’s a manufacturing component or a sandwich from the local deli.

Another benefit of working with small businesses is the effect it has on the community. Small businesses employ nearly half of the private sector workforce. When we do business with these small firms, money trickles down and into our communities instead of being sent overseas. This trickle down funds many things we take for granted. It may be keeping our favorite barbershop open, funding a local park or library, or even putting food on our neighbor’s dinner table.

Doing business with local small businesses can also be financially beneficial to us. Small businesses may have lower overhead costs reflecting in the price of their products, reduced shipping costs due to their proximity to us, and potentially higher quality products that reduce the need for replacement over time.

Our team here at Rees Inc. does the best it can to source our components from local small businesses. This has allowed us to build great relationships with reputable and reliable companies that do their best to meet our needs. Being a small business ourselves, we are proud to manufacture all of our products in Fremont, Indiana. You can rest assured that when you call us you will get to speak with one of our knowledgeable inside sales representatives who can immediately answer your questions. We hope you take this into consideration when searching for your next supplier!

Emergency Stop Buttons: Save Your Machines and Your Employees


Owning a shop full of large machines can cause many issues if the machines break or if something happens while they are running and they can’t be turned off. This is where an emergency stop button comes into play.




The purpose of an emergency stop button is to have a way to turn off any given device in an emergency. Typically these buttons are used on larger machines such as presses in shops. Having an emergency stop button is a very important piece of equipment that provides highly important safety features to all.




Emergency stop buttons look similar to a general push button, but still have some differences. The largest difference is the purpose of the two buttons. A general push button is used for normal operation of the machine – for example turning it on and off. Whereas an emergency stop button is used in the event of an emergency to immediately stop the machine to attempt to resolve the emergency.


Other differences between the two include the look and components of the buttons. A general push button is a sleek look that provides the options of turning the machine on and off. It does not have an open mechanism to show how the button works inside as the emergency stop button does. General push buttons also do not contain the NC contact feature used to prevent damage to the button and allow it to work in an emergency situation.




Typically these buttons are used for heavy machinery, such as presses in a shop. It’s important to note that the majority of these buttons will have a red, mushroom-like button on top of a yellow base to show it is an emergency stop button. This is an important feature because it allows the button to be easily stopped in the event of an emergency.


This button also contains a lock out feature that is designed to keep the machine shut down during and after an emergency in case of any repairs necessary to be performed before running the machine again. It’s important to understand the uses of this button and its lockout feature to ensure you are using it properly.




When purchasing an emergency stop button for your machinery, it’s vital that all employees know how to properly use and lock out the button in the event of an emergency to ensure they are not being misused or improperly locked out.


If your company is in need of an emergency stop button, contact Rees, Inc. for more information on how to get an emergency stop button. They are also happy to assist with any questions or concerns you might have about installation and use of the buttons.



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.




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.




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.




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.



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.




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.




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




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.




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.



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.




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.





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.





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.





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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.





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.




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)


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.