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Major Tooling Transfer Project Management
Stabilization of Problematic Tooling Inventory
Applied Focus for Tooling Accountability & Sustainability
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Why Engage Tooling Transfer Management?
Assigning an engineer familiar with the inherent issues associated with “used” mold tooling is key to a smooth transition. In addition to project management leadership and communication skills, and with the ability to defuse situations “on the fly”, our tooling services and unique tooling management protocols allow us to provide absolute focus on your project. Tooling Transfers will augment your team as a subject matter expert, and remove the conflict of having to take one of your in-house engineers out of the loop, or to manage multiple often conflicting agendas.
Contracting a subject matter expert will cut your costs dramatically by applying focus and precision.
What will an off-site Tooling Audit or Evaluation do for you?
Tooling management 101:
A tooling audit will capture 50 essential data points relative to hardware (tool and press), peripheral equipment, spares, material designations, documentation, current tool condition, performance attributes and all relative intelligence prior to a vendor to vendor tooling transfer, or immediately before or after an acquisition.
A tooling evaluation will capture current tool condition, classification, age, number of cycles, and performance concerns that will enable action to address high scrap rates, mechanical breakdowns, and supply chain interruptions, and will often provide the justification to support capital appropriation and ROI for replacement tooling where risk exists. - When applied to transfer tooling, a tooling evaluation will provide a snap-shot that will enable planning and budgeting for repairs.
Know what you have. Know where it is. Know what condition it’s in!
Reduce Scrap Improve Efficency
When your off-site mold tools were validated, you had a good understanding of tool output, tool cycle and Cpk, - but now the tools are older, these values are affected by a new “variable” or “dynamic”, - “Current Tool Condition”.
These mold tools are out of sight, and therefore intangible, but if you thought your scrap rate and internal OEE were impacted, that would get your attention, right?
Molding vendors largely deal with maintenance issues, and often have to tweak the process to facilitate “aging” tooling, - basically changing the playing field, and almost certainly impacting capability over the long term, which in effect lowers your production Cpk. The lowered Cpk predicts higher scrap, and thus your production OEE rate will be lower.
Your off-site tooling may be the root cause of your lower OEE.
Current tool condition / Risk management
Here are a few questions to consider:
In many cases, understanding the “Current State Tool Condition” can provide the data to support justification and ROI that will enable you to generate CAPEX for replacement tooling.
What is reverse-engineered tooling, and why would I need it?
Your mold tool is reaching the end of it’s life, and future needs, high scrap levels and constant maintenance justify the cost of replacement tooling. Through poor document control, acquisitions, maintenance, modifications, tool transfers and tool wear, the part drawing no longer reflects the part that the tooling is currently making.
In the simplest terms: Replacement tooling provides not only durability and longevity, but represents a great opportunity for performance enhancements, scrap reduction, and document alignment / reconciliation.
Following a step by step protocol acquired from managing multiple reverse engineered projects (existing part to new tool / part), our objective is to insure full reconciliation, - where the new tool and part satisfy validation / re-qualification requirements, and fully align with all relevant documentation. Reverse engineering a mold tool from an existing part insures a replica, as opposed to making a replacement tool from an existing tool or part drawing.
Call Tooling Transfers for compelling insight and expertise in this arena.
“Reshoring” - moving mold tools back from China or India?
Lower inventory and shipping costs. JIT control. IP conflicts. Access to tools for repairs, modifications and maintenance.
You realize the benefits of “reshoring”, so how to transition the tooling back on-shore and re-qualify the product with minimal disruption to supply chain?
The inherent issues with used mold tooling are often compounded by the tools being made off-shore. You may have specified and paid for class 101 tooling, (the best), however the manufacturing practices and craftsmanship from foreign made tooling will manifest itself in terms of durability, necessitating an added step in the reshoring process: Assessing the quality and durability of the mold as it relates to longevity, (tool life).
Enlisting a transfer tooling consultant to assess longevity (tool life) equates to investing the time and resources to insure the tool is robust and sustainable. The value-add is the savings from anticipated maintenance and down time associated with foreign manufactured mold tools.
Is that foreign made tool a Lexus or a Hyundai? We can make that determination.
How can Tooling Transfers help you?
Bring your tough questions or ask about any of these unique tooling services.
Tooling Transfers is your expert project resource for tooling support -Regional, National or Global.
Call Tooling Transfers @ 207-710-1648 to talk to a tooling consultant, and discover how this translates into piece price savings, robust tooling and supply chain stability.
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