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Are You Getting Enough Daily Exercise?

By Bob Buist | July 31, 2018

How are you feeling? Are you stressed out? Do you get enough sleep at night? If you are a typical American today, you are probably not as healthy as you could be. The stress of work and daily responsibilities can take a real toll on the body over time, but there are simple things people …

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What Is Happening with the Price of Steel?

By Bob Buist | June 28, 2018

Back in March D+M Metal Products sent out a letter to our customers. This letter discussed changes in the price of steel, specifically increases in the price of steel and how that would affect them and us going forward. Since that time, the Trump administration has announced further tariffs on steel and aluminum. How do …

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Millennials: the Next Generation of Michigan Manufacturing

By Bob Buist | May 30, 2018

Manufacturing, both in Michigan and in the United States, is experiencing a renaissance. It’s a very exciting time to be a part of this industry, both in terms of technological advancement and overall profitability. There are a number of growing pains manufacturing is experiencing, however, and one of the largest is a shortage in labor. …

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5S Success

D+M Metal Products Is Retraining for 5S Success

By Bob Buist | April 30, 2018

Training is vital on the job, and there are many types of training. Safety training is always crucial in manufacturing, but organizational training is equally important for maintaining order and promoting efficiency and profitability. For these reasons, D+M Metal Products is retraining both our plant and office staff in the 5S process. We consider 5S …

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Steel Prices Increase: a Note to Our Customers

By Bob Buist | March 24, 2018

As many of you may be aware, steel prices are rising. U.S. domestic steel mills have been implementing price increases since the end of 2017 for the steel D&M Metal Products uses to produce parts. Up until now these increases have been within a somewhat reasonable range, but the price increases that have been implemented …

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Preventing Workplace Injuries in Metal Fabrication

By Bob Buist | March 1, 2018

Every year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites companies in the metal fabrication industry for violations, costing them millions of dollars in fines. The reality is that unsafe working conditions cost both workplaces and workers far more money indirectly as well. Onsite accidents are expensive in terms of workers’ compensation, medical treatment, damage …

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Making Maple Syrup in Michigan

By Bob Buist | January 21, 2018

A magical time of the year is just around the corner – maple sugaring time! Very soon it will be time to tap the trees so the sap can flow and we can begin the process of making maple syrup and maple candy. What do you know about maple sugar production in Michigan? Bob Buist, …

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Investment in Automation Was Huge in 2017

By Bob Buist | January 1, 2018

In a previous blog post we discussed why there is such a need for automated guided vehicles in American manufacturing. 2017 was a banner year for the North American automation market, demonstrating that demand. The year set new records in the first three quarters in robotics, machine vision, motion control, and motor technology.  According to …

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The Buist Family Celebrates 40 Years with D+M Metal Products!

By Bob Buist | November 28, 2017

In 1977 Dale Buist bought the assets of D&M Metal Products, and the company has been in the Buist family the forty years that have passed from that day until today. For this anniversary we thought we would share with you some of the highlights we have experienced in growing D&M from a small, struggling …

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Why Is There a Need for Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs)?

By Bob Buist | October 11, 2017

Automated Guided Vehicles, or AGVs, have been in existence since the 1950s, although they have undergone considerable improvements in engineering since that time. When Barrett Electronics debuted the first AGV, it was guided by a wire in the floor and performed onlyh simple towing tasks. Up until recently, AGVs have been used primarily in industrial …

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Manufacturing Day Is October 6th

By Bob Buist | September 26, 2017

The first Friday in October is Manufacturing Day, and it’s a celebration of modern manufacturing, highlighting what is great in the industry today in an effort to educate students, workers, the business community, the media, and politicians about how essential manufacturing is to the economy. This year that day, the sixth annual Manufacturing Day, is …

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Help D+M Metal Run for Camp!

By Bob Buist | August 31, 2017

D+M Metal Products would like to share with our customers and readers the opportunity to help the kids of West Michigan go to camp next summer. “Run for Camp” is a fundraiser that three local camps – Camp Roger, Camp Geneva, and Camp Henry – are partnering together in order to give more kids the …

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