Tooling encompasses a sizeable investment in most product manufacturing. Carefully documenting tooling transfer procedures will safeguard production when changing providers due to quality, cost, or logistics issues. Many industries commonly use transfer tooling to take advantage of third-party expertise, including appliances, automotive, aerospace, furniture assemblers, machine shops, medical device manufacturers, sheet metal stampers, and more.
During the tooling development phase, third-party tooling providers often take ownership of a variety of time-consuming, laborious, or specialized tasks, including:
- Heat treating
- Final inspection with coordinate measuring machines (CMM)
Manor Tool & Manufacturing Company is a first-class metal stamper with over 60 years of experience. Our team has extensive experience developing and fabricating tooling, and we can also optimize and incorporate transferred tooling into our operation. We work with a variety of metals, such as:
- Cold-rolled steel
- Spring steel
- Stainless steel
We have earned a reputation for high-quality services, excellent customer service, and competitive pricing, prompting many customers to transfer their stamping dies to us from other suppliers. Read more about the strategies for getting the most from your transfer tooling here.
Checklist for an Effective Transfer Tooling Procedure
Not all tooling transfers are the same. Be as thorough as possible, and be sure to speak with your transfer partnering company about any materials they may need. Additionally, consult with your previous provider about any proprietary info and materials that they must include in the transfer. This checklist will help to ensure nothing gets missed in the transfer between providers.
☐ Complete tool drawings
☐ Hard copy
☐ CAD files
☐ Tool installation
☐ Spare parts list
☐High-risk of repair parts
☐ Spare parts inventory
☐ Spare parts supplier information
☐ Contact info
☐ Purchasing history
☐ Complete records
☐ Project management
☐ Tool service
☐ Complete component QC records
☐ May include inspection data
☐ Component-specific inspection fixtures and their drawings
☐ Final sample strip that represents the last material run off the tool
☐ Verify security or attachment of the tool to the shipping crate
☐ Verify that the shipping paperwork is accurate/complete
☐ Asset #
☐ Customs declarations
☐ Bill of lading
☐ Correct shipping address
☐ Final verification of the following:
☐ Shut height
☐ Die dimensions
☐ Material thickness and width
☐ Die type
☐ Tonnage requirement
☐ Nitro requirement
☐ Air cushion requirement
☐ Special feed requirement
☐ Straightener requirement
☐ Material specifications
☐ Die shape
☐ Remaining cut edge
☐ Special oil requirements for die
Produce Higher Quality Products With Manor Tool
When you invest in tooling to manufacture your products, make sure you have a defined and easily repeatable transfer tooling process in case issues arise with your third-party provider. Manor Tool has implemented efficient transfer tooling procedures, ensuring a fast and easy transition for our customers. We value close partnerships with our clients and welcome existing and prospective customers to tour our facilities at any time.
The Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) represents nearly 1,000 Midwest manufacturers and more than 30,000 manufacturing employees, offering the resources they need to thrive. The organization assists with everything from retirement planning and employee training to marketing, business development, and events to help manufacturers improve operations and grow profitable businesses. TMA also advocates for these small manufacturers in front of legislators, the media, and more.
Tom Simeone, president of Manor Tool and Manufacturing Company, was recently featured in TMA News’ Masters of Manufacturing. Below are featured highlights.
To learn more about Tom Simeone and his passion for manufacturing at Manor Tool, read the entire TMA article.
Tom Simeone: “Masters of Manufacturing”
Tom Simeone has a long history in manufacturing, and his years of experience and dedication to the industry serve Manor Tool along with the next generation of manufacturers. With a commitment to community and the future of manufacturing, he has successfully diversified the company’s capabilities and built a strong team of talented employees as he encourages young people with the drive and desire to consider a career in this ever-evolving industry.
The TMA article by Fran Eaton highlights Tom’s education, long career, passion for manufacturing, community involvement, and dedication to the people who make the business successful:
- Tom’s father, Lee, founded Manor Tool in 1959 as a small tool and die shop. Tom grew up cleaning machines and assisting with the family business. He was the only one of seven children to follow his father’s footsteps in manufacturing!
- He earned a bachelor’s degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois in Champaign.
- As he got more involved with Manor Tool, he prioritized the diversification of the company’s customer base to protect against the loss of clients to overseas manufacturers.
- He believes the Manor Tool team is the company’s biggest asset. The average employee tenure is 20 years, and Tom works hard to ensure the company continues to recruit and keep top talent.
- To that end, Tom has developed a strong apprenticeship program and works with area high schools to drive interest in manufacturing as a career. Managers make regular visits to the schools to offer guidance on how teachers can encourage interest in these jobs, and it’s paying off: compared to a decade ago, students at two local high schools are showing more interest in manufacturing and technology careers.
- Tom currently serves as treasurer on TMA’s board of directors, and is in line to be chairman in the next couple of years. This is actually his second time on the board. Years ago, he was the youngest member of the board, where he was fortunate enough to learn from his fellow board members—some of manufacturing’s top leaders, who accepted him as an equal despite his status as a recent graduate.
- He is also active on TMA’s Manufacturing Education Committee, TMA’s Government Relations Committee, and Chicago Federal Reserve’s Manufacturers Round Table.
Manor Tool provides high-quality precision metal stamping and fabrication in an ISO 9001:2015 certified facility. From prototypes to high-volume runs, we have the equipment and the experience to deliver your components promptly. Contact us to learn more about our capabilities or request a quote for your next project.
Short-run metal stamping is a process used to manufacture small quantities of punched metal parts. A short run can typically be defined as a production run that produces less than 5,000 parts. Short-run stamping has applications across a wide range of industries. If you are looking for faster lead times and quicker delivery, then short-run production may be a good option for you.
Short-run metal stamping can be perfect for low volumes of seasonal products, specialty goods, or other situations where a high permanent tooling investment isn’t feasible. Metal stamping is cost-effective, versatile, quick to set up, and offers precision cuts and shapes.
Short Run Stamping for Parts and Components
Short-run metal stamping offers a cost-effective way to produce high-quality, reliable parts with a faster turn-around time. Short-run production has applications across a wide variety of industries, such as:
- Commercial lighting
- Home appliances
In the short-run metal stamping process, uniform parts are created using metals such as aluminum, brass, copper, steel, and more. Since short-run stamping requires a small amount of material, the cost of production is reduced. Created from a single sheet metal blank, short-run metal stampings feature good density and generate less waste than parts fabricated using multiple pieces of metal. Given the low-volume nature of the process, the lead times will be significantly reduced in comparison with standard stamping runs.
The stamping process involves a piece of metal secured firmly in place by a blank holder. The piece of metal is then repeatedly punched into a series of forming dies. This method of production lends itself well to parts that are symmetrical and have a depth of twice their diameter. Here are some examples of metal-stamped products:
- Aluminum cans
- Engine cylinders
- Fire extinguisher housings
- Kitchen sinks
- Muffin pans
Short Run Metal Stamping at Manor Tool
At Manor Tool, we serve a diverse range of customers across industries, including automotive aftermarket parts, medical devices, electrical, pumps and meters, and detention. Our short-run metal stamping capabilities have a versatile range of uses, such as:
- Prototype metal stamping
- Metal stamping test runs
- Small- and medium-volume runs
- One-off small stamping production runs
- Metal fabrication
- Design modification flexibility
- Consistent part quality at the lowest price possible
- Stocking programs and inventory management for metal stamping volume purchases
Manor Tool can metal stamp a variety of metals:
- Beryllium copper
- Carbon steels
- Phosphor bronze
- Stainless steel
Why Choose Manor Tool and Manufacturing
Manor Tool and Manufacturing is an ISO 9001:2015-certified company that started in 1959 as a tool and die shop. We are a full-service provider of metal fabrication services, including high-quality custom metal stampings. Over the years, Manor Tool has grown into a first-class metal stamping company and quality is our highest priority. Our engineers follow each step of the process from the start to finish to ensure that every part meets or exceeds customer expectations.
Our specialties include punching, bending, forming, and deep drawn stampings, and we can create precision metal stampings, formed components, assemblies, and sub-assemblies, and more. Our material thickness ranges from 0.005-0.5 inches, depending on the material being used and the part being produced. Whether you need low or high production volumes, we have a process to affordably provide you with the parts you need.
To learn more about our short-run stamping capabilities or any of our other services, please contact us today.