Andy Hills Joins DeWys Mfg as Sales Engineer

Marne, MI (March 9th, 2015) – DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of Andy Hills as our new Sales Engineer.

Andy Hills Sales EngineerIn his new role, Andy will be a dynamic addition to our sales team by providing a more personalized experience for our customers. He will call on management representatives to assure manufacturability of products and services offered. Also, he will review blueprints, requests for quotes, and other customer documents to develop a stronger customer partnership with DeWys Manufacturing.

Prior to joining DeWys Manufacturing, Andy graduated from Michigan Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. While in school he was involved with the snowboard and paintball club. Andy’s 9+ years of vast industry experience with manufacturing will give him the knowledge needed to succeed with DeWys’ diverse customer base, and add additional value to the DeWys sales team to meet all of the customer’s needs.


Customized Robotic Weld Cell Created

Marne, MI (February 16th, 2015) – DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of Megatron, the new large weldment cell.

Megatron Robotic Weld CellThis robotic weld cell includes a Fanuc ARCmate 120ic robot, a custom built CNC controlled H-type cam indexer driven positioner, and a Lincoln Electric Power Wave i400 welder which is the most featured filled welder on the market. The new positioner will allow parts to be rotated to 8 different positions for weld access, allowing for more complex weldments to be achieved in one setup. The new weld cell also employs a ½ ton overhead bridge crane which allows heavy weldments to be removed from the custom built, high precisions jigs with ease.

Megatron is a DeWys built and assembled weld cell. Creating the weld cell on location allows it to be highly customizable to meet the customer’s needs. It also can accept a variety of electronics and sensors, such as inductive proximity which will ensure parts are located properly in the jigs and are welded to the highest quality every time. Also this cell will weld 3x faster than hand welding, giving you faster production and also the ability to run large batches of complex weldments. The Megatron has impressive repeatability of ±0.0008” at a 24” radius from the jig rotational center point, and accommodating parts up to 60” in length. In our mission to better serve the customer, DeWys is pleased to welcome the new Megatron large weldment cell as the next step in offering a higher quality weld at a competitive price.


DeWys Manufacturing Recipient of the 2014 STTF Grant

Marne, MI (January 5th, 2015) – DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West Michigan based metal solutions company, is a recent recipient of an $18,800 grant from the Workforce Development Agency’s Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) program.

The STTF provides competitive awards for employees who have developed and implemented workforce training programs to enhance the skills, efficiency, and employment retention, while increasing the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s businesses.

This state funded grant allows DeWys Manufacturing the opportunity to hire and train ten new team members in the press brake and welding departments, along with holding Kata training for team leads by September 2015.

Training for the new team members will be held through our DeWys University, a curriculum built on both theory and practice. Students receive six weeks of instructional and hands-on experience with a trainer in one of the five subject areas-welding, press brake operation, powder coating, machining, and cutting-followed by another six weeks of mentoring on the shop floor.

Kata training will be provided on-site by Grand Rapids Community College. Kata is a Japanese term that means way or manner of doing or how to do. In the workplace Kata’s are a small, structured practice routines or protocols that help an organization get stronger at achieving goals and meeting challenges. This will allow DeWys to achieve the next level of their lean journey.


Adding Value with New Technology

Marne, MI (November 10th, 2014) – DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of new equipment to their manufacturing capability.

A state of the art WDM plate roller and a Hydmech saw were recently installed at our 90,000 square foot manufacturing facility near Grand Rapids, MI. The plate roller is a CNC four roller machine that can form sheet metal, as well as steel plate up to 3/8’ to 4’ wide and create a variety of shapes based on a customers requirements. This new roller decreases the run time for each part by 50%. The new band saw, a M-16A automatic scissor style band saw, has miter cutting capabilities for heavy duty applications. It will miter from 90 degrees to 60 degrees. This will increase efficiency by 50% due to bundle cutting capabilities.

These technology advances will continue to add value and grow their capabilities for all our customers. This will also help DeWys better our lean manufacturing focus. By maintaining the right machines along with the right production process, we can continue to guarantee an overall exceptional experience.