For metal stamping manufacturers, ancillary services are supplementary operations required to produce complete parts according to their specific design requirements. Custom tooling is essential to finalize operations in an efficient and exact manner.
Here’s everything you need to know about customized tooling design as an ancillary service:
Why Custom Die Tooling is Essential
Whether a part requires single-stage or progressive tooling, it’s essential for the manufacturer to have the resources available to create a custom die that can meet the part’s unique specifications. Tooling design is typically the most time-consuming part of any stamping project, as the setup needs to be perfected before the parts can be produced.
In-House vs. Outsourced Die Tooling
Metal stamping manufacturers who custom make their die tooling hold significant advantages over those who outsource. When the tooling is designed and manufactured on-site, the company’s technicians can monitor every step of the process for quality assurance.
A project’s lead times will also be cut significantly— with no third-party involvement, the tooling design and manufacturing processes are completed as needed and are on hand and ready for immediate application. They can also be reused for future projects.
Single-Stage and Progressive Tooling Advantages
Although single-stage tooling does not include the complexities that come with progressive tooling, it still effectively produces both short and large-volume runs with ease. Custom tooling for less complex, single-stage parts enables cost-effective production and a quicker return on investment.
Progressive tooling is typically used for large production runs that involve multiple tooling aspects that are achieved through a single, sequential process. Customized tooling allows for the rapid production of small parts with tight tolerances with reduced waste, set-up times and labor costs.
Versatile Metal Stamping Manufacturers
Progressive Die and Stamping’s in-house die tooling shop allows us to design and manufacture our tools and dies in our state-of-the-art in-house facilities. This enables optimal precision, quality control and efficiency, no matter how complex or unique the part.