Tooling

Our modular design of tooling reduces lead times and increases production efficiency.​

All of our tooling is made in house which integrates into our core objectives.

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With a fully equipped toolroom we manufacture tooling to meet our customer demands.

One of the most significant investments in tooling we have made is in the design, development and implementation of the standard modular tool format which allows us to standardise the design thus resulting in significantly reduced lead times and cost to the customer. This has also increased efficiency and produced significant savings in downtime, since only individual modules need to be replaced in the event of attention being required.

Although the consequences of damage have been greatly reduced with the development of modular tool units, it can still prove to be costly. We have developed our own tool protection system, consisting of sensors attached to the die set which constantly monitor and report on tool performance. The sensors can detect pitch variations as well as abnormal thickness – such as a metal slug caught in the tool – and stop the press within a single cycle. Quality have direct links to the presses, allowing presses to be stopped remotely from the Quality Assurance Office.

Tool Design

Maximising output is key to remaining competitive so tool design can range from single to 32 impression progression tools.

By utilising the benefits of CAD design, allied to wire erosion technology, we achieve an efficient progression between stages of production in the design and development of our tool-making. Working closely with clients in the design and development of their components is part of that process. This helps us to minimise waste in strip design and select the most effective materials.

Tooling Lead times have been significantly reduced due to the ability to select 'on screen' only the relevant data for a specific tooling task, from a complex design. This data is then transferred directly to each wire eroder, eliminating time-consuming re-drawing.

Further enhancement to reduce lead times has been made by standardising our modular design of tooling this allows the use of stock item parts which enables us to reduce our lead times even further and increase our production efficiency. With the benefit of this standardisation our tool change overs become more efficient.

With increased efficiencies we are able to implement waste reduction and reduce costs.

We have eight work stations using AutoCAD, 4 with Solid Works. We can accept Solidworks, AutoCAD .dwg - .dxf, Inventor.iges & .step drawing file formats.

Tool Design & Manufacture