Tooling Costs & Development Phase
Tooling development is potentially the most important aspect of the ‘part’ phase. It can make or break even a good design. For this reason we go to great lengths to specify and cost our tooling according to customer budgets, and to maximise the product yields and net return on investments.
On most tooling projects DFM studies are invaluable to fine tune last minute product designs.
Our tool design specifications usually align with SPI tooling classification codes, such as classes 101-105.
We undertake FEA whenever necessary, from simple flow analysis to in-depth structural and warp analysis. These are essentially the parameters that determine the tool / mould design. We oversee the design process from start to finish and will only release for manufacture if our customer and ourselves approve the tool design.
While we can build small scale and prototype tooling in-house, large scale tooling usually takes place in South Korea, China or Portugal. We have established relationships with our tooling suppliers in these countries and together have successfully delivered more than 30 tooling projects over many years.
Tool trials are executed in a predefined sequence depending on product requirements. These trials are usually attended by one of our staff members and full dimensional and performance reports are issued for the trial.
Final acceptance trials and protocols involving PPAPs, SPC, IQ OQ PQ are performed in Australia on our injection moulding machines. Again, full reports are issued.
Tool delivery from international subcontractors is usually by sea freight but airfreight is also an option.
What's involved in the tooling phase of a project?
A great product requires great tooling. Tooling is a critically important phase, as it can make or break a good design. It is as sophisticated a process, as producing the end product. Tooling refers to the mould that is created to make your product. There is the design component as well as essential parameters and trials that must be adhered to. We oversee the design from start to finish and we will only release for manufacture, if the tool design has been approved by the customer and ourselves.
Do you make your own tooling, jigs and fixtures?
We can build small scale and prototype tooling in-house. Large scale tooling usually takes place with our established suppliers in South Korea, China or Portugal, with whom we have worked closely over many years. We have built a reputation on achieving superb quality on every project we undertake.
What's the turnaround for tooling?
We work as quickly as we can within the strict parameters of design, fine tuning and predefined trials for tool development.
What is your Quality Assurance?
We have built an excellent reputation for achieving superb quality on every project, no matter how unique, unusual or complex. We are ranked in the top percentile for quality and delivery standards with our local and international customers. While we are currently an ISO 9001 accredited business, we have recently decided to pursue the ISO 13485 accreditation – the recommended standard for manufacture in the medical industry.
What are the main costs associated with tooling?
The cost of tooling will depend on the complexity of the project. We go to great lengths to specify and cost tooling according to customer budgets and to maximise the product yields and net return on investments. Please get in touch and we can organise a custom quote.