BLog

The latest news, tips and tricks from D+M.

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 …

D+M Metal Products Is Retraining for 5S Success Read More »

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 …

Steel Prices Increase: a Note to Our Customers Read More »

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 …

Preventing Workplace Injuries in Metal Fabrication Read More »

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, …

Making Maple Syrup in Michigan Read More »

automation

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 …

Investment in Automation Was Huge in 2017 Read More »

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 …

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

AGV

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 …

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

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 …

Manufacturing Day Is October 6th Read More »

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 …

Help D+M Metal Run for Camp! Read More »

From Design to Installation: D+M Metal’s Sculpture Work

By Bob Buist | August 1, 2017

Did you know that D+M Metal has created many beautiful sculptures? We have done floor sculptures that have been installed in high schools throughout West Michigan and at Camp Roger as well as full sculpture pieces that have been installed in Grand Rapids, Grandville, and places as far away as Orlando, Florida. D+M Metal has …

From Design to Installation: D+M Metal’s Sculpture Work Read More »

lunch and learn chaplains

D+M’s Lunch and Learn Series

By Bob Buist | June 17, 2017

The world is rapidly changing, and all research about social conditions in contemporary America point to people getting more and more isolated from each other. In fact, this decline in America’s social capital is the entire focus of Robert Putnam’s famous book Bowling Alone. Millennials are markedly less likely to attend church or belong to …

D+M’s Lunch and Learn Series Read More »

D & M Metal Products Receives FMA Safety Award

By Bob Buist | May 24, 2017

Last month The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) and CNA announced its 2017 recipients of the Safety Award of Honor , and D & M Metal Products was included in that list along with many other excellent fabrication firms. The FMA/CNA Safety Awards program was created to promote safety in the industry and recognizes …

D & M Metal Products Receives FMA Safety Award Read More »

Contact West Michigan's metal forming and welding experts.

Scroll to Top