DeWys Manufacturing Adds Capability and Capacity

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DeWys Manufacturing, a west-Michigan based metal fabrication company announced that it is expanding in equipment and capacity

DeWys Manufacturing, a west-Michigan based metal fabrication company announced that it is expanding in equipment and capacity. The company has purchased a PERformER+ ABT® compact panel bender from the Italy-base Salvagnini Group, renowned for its sheet metal technology. The unit will allow DeWys to better meet their customer's need for precision sheet metal bending.

"It's an amazingly flexible device," says Jon DeWys, President of DeWys Manufacturing, Inc. "The Salvagnini Compact Metal Bender lets us provide faster, more accurate metal fabrication for a wide variety of customers. This machine is what we call semi-automatic. While not fully automated, it requires far less operator interaction than a traditional brake-press."

With the Salvagnini Compact Metal Bender, notches in the sheet metal to be bent are aligned with mechanical stops. A computer-driven Sheet Manipulator then moves the part in and out of the bending area and rotates it by the exact angle required for correct bending by the universal bending tool. "It's amazing to see, says Jon DeWys. "The system moves the sheet automatically and makes a series of highly accurate bends. This is not only more accurate, it's safer for the operator." The system is extremely flexible, allowing bends to be negative and positive, single or multiple, radiuses or flattened, all within a single process.

What sets the Salvagnini Compact Metal Bender apart from the traditional brake-press is a computer-controlled range of technologies called ABT. With ABT, the machine continually checks and compensates for thermal expansion caused by environmental factors. It self-adjusts for the spring-back which occurs when processing sheet metal, based on the material being machined.

About DeWys
DeWys (pronounced De-Wise) Manufacturing provides precision metal fabrication to a range of clients from office furniture to mailboxes for the United States Postal Service. From its manufacturing facility in West Michigan, the company provides a wide range of production and assembly capabilities to more than 100 clients in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio. For more information, visit or contact DeWys at 616) 677-5281.

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