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Reliable, consistent parts set YOU apart from your competition. That’s why quality management is essential. It ensures error-free and timely delivery of products to your customers. The quality of your product determines the level of trust your customer has for your company and the product you supply. When your products are not delivered on time or have defects, it hurts your company’s reputation.
Continuing with our Tooling Blog Series, have you thought about the potential consequences to your project when it comes to poor-quality tooling? Late deliveries? Line stoppage? Good tool design will also take into account the need to adjust for: Part-to-part variation, Future design changes, Material and process tolerances, Ergonomics - the human factor
The next topic in our tooling blog series addresses maintenance. How will your supplier do the initial buy-off and ongoing maintenance of your tools? Some things to consider: Do they have a formal process for certifying new tools and doing an initial run-off? PPAP, Gage R&R, capability studies In the case of inspection fixtures, does the supplier have an ongoing calibration process?
This week on Tooling Tuesday, we answer why tooling specs are so important. As a rule, in our business tooling is usually a means to an end. Call it a "necessary evil." Our customers are primarily interested in an ongoing supply of tubular products that meet their quality, cost and delivery requirements.
The upfront costs and risks associated with spending money on tooling are usually easy to quantify. The ongoing, perpetual costs of poor-quality tooling are often less well-understood. Its effect on quality and delivery can be the proverbial "death by a thousand cuts." Here are 5 questions every buyer should ask their suppliers before evaluating tooling costs:
When it comes to your tube fabrication project, not only do you want to know what tubing is right for you but you also want to determine the centerline radius. The centerline radius (CLR) is the distance from the center of the bending die to the centerline (axis) of the tube. Why should you know your CLR? The CLR should typically measure 2-3X the diameter of the tube (2D or 3D), depending on wall thickness.
Tubes can come in different shapes – round, square, rectangular or oval. But how do you know which is the right one for your project? Metal tubes are generally fabricated from steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass and copper. These types of tubes can easily be bent into shape without the need for elbows or other fittings. Before you begin any tube bending project, it is important to think about what you need your product to do.
For many years product designers and engineers have had to face annoying compromises when designing tubular products. Traditional rotary draw tube benders required significant investment in bend tooling, as well as restrictions in part geometry due to the right hand/left rotation of standard benders. These considerations often lead to product designs that had commonized bend radii and simple designs. In other words … BORING!