A Vision of Automation and Precision

The manufacturing industry embodies a diverse set of processes and way of thinking. No matter the product or sector, this industry is in constant evolution. Just like humans, large machines are also interviewed and hired on with the purpose to fulfill responsibilities in certain steps of those processes. This may include, and is not limited to, lasers, haegers, welders, press brakes, and robots.

            Speaking of robots… in case you were wondering, no they will not take over the world. However, they are changing a large portion of the progress of the manufacturing industry day in and day out. The fascinating perspective of automation is that we do not know where exactly the technology will take us or what additional jobs may be created. Technology today has exceeded expectations we did not dream about even but ten years prior. Can you look ten years ahead and see the possibilities?

            According to IndustryWeek.com; California, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin, South Carolina and New York are ranked the top manufactures in the United States based on their manufacturing job output. These manufactures address the need for plastics, rubber, digital design innovations, metal fabrication, automotive, food production and more. With the increase of automation, manufacturers can build on major portions of their processes where there is high competition for people as well as resources. In return, assisting cost reduction, productivity, availability, and performance efforts. With that being said, the technology we have created is able to provide more high paying jobs that work alongside what is to come.

 


DeWys vs. Snowpocalypse

For us Michiganders, we entered the polar vortex this past week. With temperatures surpassing the South Pole.

Although DeWys Manufacturing did not close, we were open(ish) to those who felt safe enough to come in for their shift. We value being customer centric having the ability to be a complete metal solutions provider. This week DeWys team members worked to operate as a cohesive team to fill in for those who could not make it in due to inclement weather.

We are so incredibly grateful for our team members willingness to “go with the F.L.O.W.” during crucial times of optimizing our flexibility. The Human Resource and Marketing team were able to complete jobs in assembly while our Operations Manager assisted in welding jobs. At the same time, DeWys’ CEO was shaking out parts, the Maintenance team kept the paint line running, and our Engineering Manager was on a press brake. The day was topped off enjoying pizza for lunch from the leadership team.

Thank you, DeWys Team Members for your hard work and dedication to the company and our customers. Your commitment to bettering our stakeholders experience has not gone unnoticed.


DeWys Mfg. Welcomes a New Addition to the Accounting Team

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West-Michigan based metal solutions company – is pleased to announce the addition of Jake Blink to the accounting team!

Jake’s career path prior to DeWys Manufacturing taught him vital skills including; communication, deadline management, integrity and organization. These skills greatly benefit Jake and the accounting team in managing financial growth of the company.  They will also help in maintaining a healthy and committed work environment for vendors and customers.  In his new role at DeWys, Jake will be responsible for managing accounts, generating inventory reports, finalizing metrics and credit processing.

As DeWys Manufacturing grows, Jake is also looking forward to growing his own responsibilities and knowledge with the company long term. Accounting team member Sherry, says, “I am looking forward to offering my insights and knowledge to Jake as well as providing him an understanding of the wonderful culture that has been created at DeWys. I envision Jake will provide his valued perception to continuously grow personally and professionally, in turn supporting the business today and in the future.”

Outside of work, you can find Jake watching the Detroit Tigers and anticipating a big win. Jake has his own opportunity to hit it out of the park when he plays on his softball team with close friends. He also enjoys spending time taking his dog on walks around his neighborhood.

DeWys Manufacturing is thrilled to have Jake join the team. His continued growth alongside the company is valued in the drive to provide complete metal solutions to customers.


From Father Inspiration to Career Transformation

Meet Ryan at DeWys Manufacturing! Ryan is a part of our innovation team and focuses on robotics and the utilization of automation. His inspiration began at a young age directly from his father.  He found taking things apart to see what the insides looked like and how those components interacted with each other quite intriguing. Years later he continued expanding his interests and competing with his talented father’s welding skills to the welding process, including gas metal arc welding, resistance welding and gas tungsten arc welding. Ryan expressed, “As I learned more through hands on production work when I was younger, I knew this was what I wanted to do for a living. I sought out higher education and learned the science and theory behind these joining processes.” There are new technologies being developed right now that are truly changing the way parts are welded and manufactured. Opportunities to learn and advance careers in this industry are almost limitless. Ryan says, “My father’s visible career growth using my favorite skilled trade, welding, was the reason I sought it out as a career.”

Ryan followed the inspiration of his father’s work ethic in his career path leading him to his position at DeWys Manufacturing as a welding engineer. “I think robotics and utilizing automation is particularly interesting and having the ability to be involved with this changing portion of the manufacturing industry keeps it interesting day in and day out!”


DeWys Manufacturing Inc. Welcomes a New Addition to the Sales Team

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West-Michigan based metal solutions company – is pleased to announce the addition of Nichole Rutledge to the sales team in our customer service position! Nichole has demonstrated valuable project management, communication, and adaptive skills. The skills Nichole possesses strengthens the sales team as a valuable resource for our customers and team.

Nichole received her education from Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University where she earned her degree in Mechanics and Automotive Management. Prior to DeWys Manufacturing, Nichole worked as a territory manager where she managed small scale projects from Michigan to the Middle East. Her previous experience of management and customer service aligns well in her new position here at DeWys Mfg. While building relationships with customers, Nichole will communicate with department team leaders while orders are in process to relay information onto those customers.  “What I like most about manufacturing is that it is very rewarding. I am able to have perspective on the creation of parts all the way through production,” as said by Nichole.

When Nichole is not assisting customers, she is typically outside working on the farm or riding her motorcycle. Her most recent motorcycle trip was over 3,500 miles through Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, and west Virginia! Nichole is optimistic about her future here at DeWys Mfg. where she feels she can come to work every day and be a part of a culture that fits her. Christa Smith, Customer Experience Manager says “Nichole excels at problem solving, has a strong technical aptitude, and strives for strong relationships. She brings structure and process to her daily work and we look forward to what we can learn from her” With her enthusiasm and adept skills, DeWys Mfg. is excited to welcome Nichole to the team.


News on the New

If you hear the industry buzz, manufacturing struggles to find skilled workers to fill millions of vacant jobs. This labor shortage that continues to grow stems from more young adults choosing a four-year degree path rather than vocational school. According to a report from the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, “U.S. manufacturers are facing an even greater skills gap crisis than previously imagined: some 2 million unfilled manufacturing jobs by 2025.”  Jon DeWys (CEO) and CT Martin (President) sat down to discuss some exciting new actions taking place here at DeWys Manufacturing in effort to approach this situation. The implementation of a new program called Operational Excellence has been set in motion. This program strives to give team members a voice to collaborate alongside team leaders.

DeWys Manufacturing is a complete metal solutions company. To be able to fulfill that promise to our customers we mustn’t stop believing everything and everyone can improve, so we don’t! These walls that structure our manufacturing company hold talented people that inspire innovations. The next generations in this industry will be a part of the solution. As said by CT Martin (President), “We hire people for their minds not just their hands.” The Operational Excellence program utilizes training’s and discussion boards to give team members more visual and communication opportunities within their teams. These ideas serve to highlight points of achievement in work areas. Achievements which have included organization measures to increase safety and improve throughput. These ideas also assisting team members in reaching their goals.

#wearemfg #dewysmfg #yourcompletemetalsolutionscompany


A Day in the Life (Part 2)

…. and we are back with part two! In last month’s blog we explored the beginning stages of part operations here at DeWys Manufacturing. We brought you over to the laser where a sheet of aluminum started out being cut in a laser. Once the sheet was cut and excess metal was removed, the part was moved to the next value stream where Gabe, a DeWys Manufacturing team member, utilized the Haeger machine to insert pems into a part. The part has since moved down the value stream to be bent and formed by our Bystronic press brake. After the sides were bent at designated angles, the part moved to be welded.

Adam, who is a part of the DeWys Mfg. welding team, utilizes the TIG welding technique. This step in the process is important for any part to correctly structure the pieces. DeWys Mfg. exploits these lean processes in each step of the manufacturing process to continually eliminate waste, manage workloads without sacrificing productivity to create these parts that play important roles in everyday life.

Once Adam finished applying the TIG technique to the whole order, the parts were transported to the paint line for final stages of completion. The paint line process is broken down into a few operations. Parts are brought via hi-lo to the conveyer system. From there, team members work together to hang parts on the line. Depending on the length, width and depth, parts may be hung individually or hung underneath each other to maximize space.

As you can see, parts go through many value streams. Therefore, they contract dust and residue. It is vital for these parts to go through a wash and dryer to be properly cleaned and dried before powder is applied. You can see our hard-working DeWy team member, Patrick, using the powder coating technique to spray the powder directly onto the part. If you look in front of Patrick, all the extra black powder is sucked into the ventilation system on the wall to be cycled through. After the parts go through the paint booth, the line goes through the oven to cure the powder onto the part (toasty!). Before the part is shipped to a valued customer, the parts are taken off the line to be packaged and assembled if necessary.

Thank you for joining us on a day in the life here, at DeWys Manufacturing! We are honored to be able to serve customers’ needs one process at a time to be their one stop metal solutions company, right here in Marne Michigan!


DeWys Manufacturing Inc. Welcomes a New Addition to the Inside Sales Team

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West-Michigan based metal solutions company – is pleased to announce the addition of Phyllis Witherell to the Inside Sales and Customer Service team. Phyllis has demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of customer service with her adept communication, problem solving, and business skills. These skills will provide the sales team the addition resources to exceed our customers’ needs.

Prior to DeWys Manufacturing, Phyllis worked with sales and treasury representatives to build accounts and interact with clientele in a banking environment.  Her management of clientele originated from owning her own business as an independent contractor. Phyllis will communicate with team leaders of departments including sales, engineering, manufacturing and shipping areas at DeWys Manufacturing to gather and relay information onto customers. She will also be responsible for order entry and meeting the needs of customers to increase gratification by building relationships through phone calls and face-to-face visits. Phyllis is excited to utilize her skills to work with diverse customers, grow her knowledge in the manufacturing industry and be a significant resource to people.

When Phyllis is not assisting customers, she enjoys joking around with her three sons and husband. Her family enjoys time with their ten-year old Great Dane Henry, watching movies and playing board games. She also enjoys running and participating in Zumba.

With her dedication and prior experience, DeWys Manufacturing is excited to have Phyllis as an addition to the team. “As we to grow, Phyllis’s desire to be a reliable resource for team members and surpass customer expectations is a valued asset to our company” said CT Martin (President).

 


A Day in the Life (Part 1)

Transforming raw materials into a final product begins with a solid manufacturing process. At DeWys Manufacturing each step in the process adds more value and features to a product, transforming a sheet of metal into a final part. Ready to see how one part maneuvers through our company? Join in on one of our part’s lean journey through DeWys Manufacturing!

The light on the outside of the loading dock turns green signaling to the driver to move forward. In the early mornings at DeWys Manufacturing large freights of steel or aluminum pull into the unloading dock where a large overhead crane is strategically positioned over the back of the trailer. Utilizing the crane, these large sheets of metal weighing thousands of pounds, are lifted into our facility. These sheets of metal are then placed on large racks, organized by width and gauge dynamics. Now here is where it gets interesting.

For this part, a large sheet of aluminum is placed into one of our programmed lasers. Each sheet can produce multiple parts depending on the engineered dimensions. This automated operation in the cutting process adds value while saving time.

Today, DeWys Mfg. Team member Ted, has removed the aluminum sheet from the laser onto his work station. We collectively call the value stream he is in “shakeout” because the excess metal must be removed from the cut part. It is common for parts to be ground using a high grit sander, necessary for removing and smoothing the raw edges.

 

To correctly fabricate a piece, each part that is produced at DeWys Manufacturing requires different operations. Once Ted completed his operation in cutting, each piece is stacked and transferred to the next necessary value stream.

Another awesome DeWys Mfg. Team member Gabe utilizes the Haeger machine to work diligently in the next value stream.  Pems are loaded into the machine to fasten directly onto the part. This step is not required for every part that goes through DeWys Mfg. Specifications determine what part requires each value stream. Continuing deeper into the manufacturing process, the part is bent to the specifications of the drawing.

Ready to find out what the part does next on its lean journey? Get ready for part two, coming soon!


DeWys Manufacturing Inc. Welcomes Customer Experience Manager to our Team

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West-Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of Christa Smith as our new Customer Experience Manager. Christa graduated from Grand Valley State University in Business Administration with a focus in Finance and Management. With 12 years of experience in manufacturing, Christa has demonstrated strong management skills while overseeing customer service, quoting, and order processing.

Christa Smith – Customer Experience Manager

Christa will be responsible for the continuous growth of relationships with all our valued customers.  She will also be organizing the activities of sales representatives to train on sales methods, estimating, quality, quoting, and validating customer concerns with plans of action. These plans include gathering data, determining time periods required for future engagement, thoroughly reviewing quotes, and organizing the launch of new products. As a key member of the DeWys Mfg.’s team, Christa is excited to work closely with the sales and customer service department to incorporate DeWys’ LEAN principles for continuous improvement. This will ensure every customer has a great experience and interaction with all departments within the company.

In her free time, you will most likely find Christa spending time outdoors. She enjoys camping and fishing along with attending various sporting activities. Accompanying Christa on her adventures are her husband of 14 years and two children.

DeWys Manufacturing is excited to welcome Christa to the team. With her years of experience in manufacturing combined with her education in Business Management, this will give her valuable knowledge and tools to utilize in her new managerial role.