DeWys Manufacturing and MOVE Systems are privileged to announce the partnership with Kenowa Hills Public School for the new STEM lab program. STEM is a science, technology, engineering and math focused program which gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the growing fields of STEM centered careers. This program stimulates students to solve vigorous problems, gather information and interpret data.
The STEM lab, located within DeWys Manufacturing’s secondary location, is a hands-on classroom with over 3,400 square feet of workspace that is strategically placed side by side a real-life manufacturing setting. By equipping students with this type of learning environment, they are provided access into real-world careers to innovate, research, create and prepare to become tomorrow’s leaders. The community has come together during the planning, construction and launching processes to synergize a lively and safe environment with exceptional learning opportunities. This facility is equipped with computers for CAD design, 3-D printers, and computer screens at each workstation allowing for multicast imagining to join teachers with students. The space also includes access to collaborative technology, with a core curriculum designed to help students accelerate in studies while earning math or science credits.
The STEM program is currently open for enrolled students of Kenowa Hills Public School in 7th and 9th grade. In the fall of 2017, enrollment will be open for 7th through 10th graders. Recently, DeWys Mfg. received the 2016 A.R. Hedberg Training & Education Award which granted the company $1,500 to use directly towards an educational partnership. The winnings were donated to Kenowa Hills Public School STEM lab program to enhance the current curriculum. DeWys Manufacturing along with Kenowa Hills, is overwhelmed with the continuous support from the community. Companies have donated time, supplies and ideas to help construct the STEM lab, and prepare students for diverse learning and careers in the developing STEM fields.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce their involvement with the National Manufacturing Day event for the fourth year in a row. By opening the doors to the public, this helped to promote the skilled trade industry and allow DeWys Mfg. to promote the advanced manufacturing processes they provide their customers.
This year manufacturing week was celebrated in the West Michigan area from October 2nd through October 8th. A total of 3,100 students visited a variety of manufacturing facilities to gain knowledge, participate in tours and hands on activities to better understand the diverse fields in the industry. DeWys Mfg. hosted 155 students from Kent Intermediate School District, Discover Elementary, and Ridge Park Charter Academy. The students received a tour of the shop, participated in a team building activity, and explored the MCAM trailer provided by Grand Rapids Community College. Along with the tours given to students throughout the week, DeWys Manufacturing hosted 15 math and science teachers organized through the Kent ISD called “Teachers in the Industry”. This event consisted of the teachers taking a mechanical reasoning test to show the initial steps taken in the hiring process, a short video on DeWys Manufacturing, and a question and answer panel with four of the DeWys team members. This allowed the teachers to learn from the team members about career paths in manufacturing.
Manufacturing Week in Grand Rapids was unique compared to past years thanks to the City of Grand Rapids and the Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. An official proclamation was created for 2016 declaring October 2nd through October 8th as Manufacturing Week. As stated in the official proclamation, “Whereas the city of Grand Rapids joins with the State of Michigan to celebrate Manufacturing Week and recognize our manufacturers for their commitment to creating jobs and a prosperous economy in West Michigan.” DeWys Manufacturing is proud to be an active participant in the raising awareness of the advanced manufacturing career opportunities to students in our community.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of a new state-of-the-art automated conveyor system. This conveyor system is over 160 feet long, weighs 44,000 pounds, and allows for a fast and easy connection of parts from the fabrication process to the powder coating line. With a total of eight loading stations within the conveyor system, our customers’ products are easily accessible at any point in our value streams. Once the pallet has been loaded onto the line, photo electric sensors are used to detect that they are in the correct position and ready to move down the conveyor.
With this new conveyor system in place, DeWys Manufacturing will be able to ensure that parts will be painted in the order they are received due to FIFO (first in first out). Hi-lo transportation has also been reduced allowing for better product flow from value stream to value stream, thus reducing our product handling time. The addition of this new conveyor system to DeWys Manufacturing will continue to enhance our lean process for future growth and progress, while providing continued quality improvements for our customers.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the innovative improvements of their previous welding facility. DeWys undertook the challenge of increasing weld booth capabilities, and improving team member workspace. The new design allows for a more prominent work environment and efficient product flow within the company which is a part of DeWys Manufacturing’s lean culture and continuous improvement activities.
Prior to the development of the new system, the weld booths lacked the functionality DeWys Mfg. needed to keep up with the evolving products of the manufacturing industry. The new weld booth blueprint features an open design concept creating a comfortable workspace with incandescent lighting, improved ventilation, UV protected welding curtains, and direct access to the paint line. DeWys Mfg. engineered specialized cabinets that hold the welding power supply, wire feeder, and other supplies needed for the operator outside of the booth. This allows the welder to have an easier handling on the part, increased safety, and cuts down on material handling time.
By reviewing the facilities floor plans, DeWys Mfg. produced a design to change the atmosphere for welders and increase production while maintaining a high quality standard for manufactured products. This upgrade is just one step in DeWys Manufacturing’s commitment to continually improve and provide customers with a complete metal solutions company that is
Marne, MI (June 20th, 2016) – DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of three co-op students, Jesse, Derek, and Alex, to the DeWys Mfg. team. These co-op students will be exposed to a broad range of projects to encourage new critical thinking skills as well as receiving a hands-on learning experience.
These three students are all obtaining their degree in Mechanical Engineering from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and Michigan Technological University. Jesse, from GVSU, stated “I wanted to be an engineer because they have a direct impact on the world around them, and are given a real chance to make a difference. “ Whereas Derek, also from GVSU said, “I decided that engineering would offer the perfect mix of intellectual and physical labor.”
During their time at DeWys Mfg., the co-op students will be working closely with the DeWys Innovation team to propose efficient weld booth layouts, value stream developments, and front end alignment designs for the engineering team. “I enjoy the emphasis of hands-on learning DeWys Mfg. has provided me, as well as the opportunities to implement my innovative ideas,“ said Alex from Michigan Tech.
Jesse, Derek, and Alex’s skills and knowledge will add value throughout DeWys Manufacturing, as well as provide them with opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the manufacturing industry.
Marne, MI (May 23rd, 2016) – DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Nate Lillibridge as our new product development engineer. In his new role, Nate will be instrumental in benefiting our customers through redesign for manufacturability and cost reduction, supporting manufacturing through process and product improvements, and reviewing customer prints. Furthermore, he will be developing and creating internal manufacturing print packages for a wide variety of customer products.
Nate has worked with DeWys Mfg. for five years starting with the maintenance department, where he gained experiences in all aspects of the manufacturing process. This career advancement will make Nate the fifth engineer on the DeWys Engineering team, adding to their depth of knowledge and capabilities for our customers. Nate is currently attending Grand Rapids Community College and taking classes towards his Mechanical Design degree, giving him the skills and knowledge necessary to be an asset to DeWys Manufacturing.
Marne, MI (April 25th, 2016) DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of a new Salvagnini P2-Lean Panel Bender. This Salvagnini has a wide variety of capabilities including an automatic tool changer, Mac 2.0 – material attitude correction, and electric driven actuators. The new machine has upper and lower bend blades that will allow bends from -135 to +135 degrees in a single step. Furthermore, the Salvagnini has an automatic blank-holder tool with the ability to center sheets only once at the start of the run.
The addition of the P2-Lean Panel Bender with our current Salvagnini Performer will expand our ability to create precise bends and high end quality products for our customers. President of DeWys Mfg., C.T. Martin, says, “this advancement in technology enables DeWys Mfg. to offer automated forming of more diverse products while increasing product throughput for greater on-time performance.”
In keeping with our brand promise of shortest lead time in the industry and guaranteed customer astonishment, DeWys Manufacturing looks forward to the opportunities the Salvagnini P2-Lean Panel Bender will create for our current and future customers.
Marne, MI (February 22nd, 2016) DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce their newest innovation of a robotic fastener insertion machine. This machine is the first of its kind in the United States allowing up to eight fasteners in an automated process. The customer’s complex parts will be generated in one setup, ensuring every fastener is installed correctly and in the proper orientation.
The insertion machine features a Fanuc robot that positions parts into a custom made press which is supplied with eight vibratory bowl feeders. The bowl feeders are proficient in supplying studs and nuts automatically. The robot is equipped with an automatic tool changer to switch between fixtures that are designed to work with flat material, and use a series of vacuum cups to maneuver the parts. This new innovation will improve production efficiency allowing customers to see consistent and accurate insertion of fasteners.
The automated fastener insertion machine was created around the lean manufacturing concept known as one piece flow. One piece flow helps to limit work in process inventory, decrease lead time, and improve quality. This will help improve the scheduling process for both current and future customers. DeWys Manufacturing looks forward to increasing our contract manufacturing capabilities and meeting our customer needs utilizing this new automated fastener insertion machine.
Marne, MI (January 21st, 2016) DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of an Orbitform Model B-310. This forming machine, also known as an orbital riveter, can be used in a wide variety of applications serving numerous industries from furniture to medical equipment. This new addition to DeWys Mfg. production processes adds additional permanent fastening solutions alongside PEM and POP rivets.
The new orbital riveter is a cold forming process that forms rivets using 80% less force than an average press. It can form up to .840” in diameter at 100psi input pressure and includes features like an HS-310 orbital head with developed peen. In addition, the new machine will allow DeWys Mfg. to create articulating joints and it is 100% made in the United States.
The Orbitform Model B-310 allows DeWys Manufacturing to be able to create hinge joints for our customers that are higher in quality and more captivating to the eye. Adding this orbital riveting machine will give DeWys Mfg. the next level of value our current and future customers are searching for.
Marne, MI (December 16th, 2015) – DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, would like to recognize the volunteer efforts our team members gave during the 2015 calendar year. Not only does DeWys Mfg. value our relationships with our customers, but also with local organizations that are in need of supplies and services to continue the positive growth of the greater Grand Rapids area.
DeWys Manufacturing team members contributed their services to four organizations that devote their time and efforts to the community. In February and November, DeWys Mfg. held food drives that allowed team members to donate canned food items to Feeding America of West Michigan which in turn is donated to one of the 1,100 food pantries, soup kitchens, or homeless shelters in their service area. During the month of August, DeWys collected back to school supplies like pencils, folders and notebooks to contribute to North Kent Community Services for children who were in need of these items to start their school year. In October, DeWys celebrated MFG Day by teaming up with another local manufacturer and Habitat for Humanity of Kent County to winterize their learning garden which is used to help train future homeowners on how to maintain their yard once they move into their home. To finish up the year, DeWys Manufacturing team members collected new and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. These toys will be donated to children in the lakeshore area to help spread the message of hope and joy on Christmas.
Volunteering time and/or donating supplies are just a few ways to give back to those that are less fortunate than others. DeWys Manufacturing team members are humbled to know that they helped make a difference in the greater Grand Rapids area, and are looking forward to new volunteer activities in 2016.