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Applications and Tips for Transferring Tooling

Developing effective transfer tooling procedures lets small and medium-sized manufacturers minimize their tool development costs and hedge against unpredictable component suppliers. Tooling is an expensive process, but it typically involves only a one-time cost, so anything that can make the tooling process more affordable will greatly impact your overall expense portfolio. As the trade war between the U.S. and China continues to heat up, it’s now more important than ever to consider transferring tooling back to American manufacturers to mitigate increased costs and other supply chain disruptions as a result of tariffs.

External suppliers perform a number of time-intensive processes during tooling development so that you don’t have to. Third-party tooling services include:

  • Machining
  • Heat treating
  • Routing
  • Barcoding
  • Turning assembly
  • Pressing
  • Debugging
  • CMM final inspection

When you let other manufacturers perform these tasks, you can dedicate more time and resources to applications more central to your company’s mission.

In this post, we describe eight transfer tooling strategies that will enable you to get the most from outsourcing your tooling production.

Eight Steps to Successfully Transfer Your Tooling

Following these tips will help you execute a successful tooling transfer.

1.) Make Sure Everything’s Covered in Your Contract

All parties subject to the transfer tooling agreement must sign nondisclosure agreements to ensure that any new innovations remain between those concerned. NDAs must cover part prints, quality assurance policies, and production requirements. Additionally, governmental and third-party regulators often require legally sound contractual agreements to be signed before work can begin.

2.) Create a Strong Partnership that Emphasizes Communication

A partnership based on trust and open communication between the businesses will ensure that parts arrive on time and that nothing is lost in translation. Both companies must be willing to take the appropriate steps to ensure that communication channels remain open throughout the process.

3) Perform On-Site Assessments Early and Often

It’s important to have a solid understanding of your transfer partner’s capabilities before entering an agreement. Additionally, once production has begun, frequent and respectful on-site assessments will ensure that you have as much information as possible on the status of your tooling.

4) Agree on a Clear Production Schedule

Create a detailed transfer schedule using data from on-site assessments. The schedule must include transfer dates for all parts and tools while allowing enough time to produce the tools to your standards.

5) Build Enough Safety Stock to Allow Efficient Tooling Transfer

The supplier must provide enough safety stock that you can use during the validation of production equipment and processes at the new facility. Typically, business partners set up a six-week timeframe within the transfer schedule, although it’s important to allow for the possibility of additional shifts and/or weekend work to make sure everything’s running on time.

6) Ensure You Buy the Correct Consigned Equipment

The third party may need to buy nonconsigned equipment to successfully build your transfer parts. Consignment equipment typically includes tooling and spares, fixtures, inspection gauges, and all other product-specific equipment.

7) Validate All Transfer Tools Before Ending Your Contract

When the third-party’s transfer tools leave production, you should ensure that they’re all compatible with your existing facility. Many companies validate transfer tooling by analyzing their new parts’ similarity to existing parts and performing golden sample processes.

8) Design Production Molding For Use in the Next Transfer

Once the tools have been validated and incorporated into your production processes, make sure you or your contractor save the production mold to simplify the transfer tooling process next time you go through it.

Applications for Transfer Tooling

Just about any industrial manufacturer needs to develop effective transfer tooling procedures. A wide range of manufacturers regularly contract third parties to ensure that their next generation of tools is of as high quality as possible. Industries that implement comprehensive transfer tooling procedures include:

  • Sheet metal stampers
  • OEMs
  • Appliance manufacturers
  • Automotive and aerospace OEMs
  • Furniture assemblers
  • Machine tool shops
  • Medical device manufacturers

Transfer tooling can work with a wide range of metal products, such as:

  • Aluminum
  • Cold-rolled steel
  • Spring steel
  • Stainless steel
  • HSLA

Manor Tool: A Trusted Source for Transfer Tooling

Manor Tool & Manufacturing is an ISO 9001:2015–certified company that can help you with all your transfer tooling requirements. If you’re looking for more best practices on how to implement the most effective transfer tooling procedures, download our free eBook, “Everything You Need to Know About Transferring Tooling.”

If you’re looking to embark on a transfer tooling procedure of your own, feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience to request a free quote.

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Manor Tool: 2018 Year in Review

As we enter our 60th year in business (1959-2019), Manor Tool & Manufacturing would like to reflect on some of the exciting achievements that have helped us to continue to provide innovative metal stamping, tooling, and tool & die services and resources to our customers. From the publishing of our eBook, “Everything You Need to Know About Transferring Tooling” to receiving the 2018 Governor’s Export Award, we achieved a number of professional benchmarks, including becoming ISO 9001:2015 certified in a number of key areas.

We were also thrilled by the successful installation of a 330-Ton Komatsu Servo Press Setup in our Schiller Park, IL, facility. This new press takes the shop’s already impressive advanced metal stamping capabilities to a new level.

In our continuing efforts to usher the Chicago manufacturing industry successfully into the 21st century, Manor Tool gave two promising high school students valuable experience over their spring break.

Manor Tool’s 330-Ton Komatsu Servo Press Setup Is Complete

To keep our facility up-to-date and continue to serve our customers with excellent service, we installed a new press in 2018. This 330-Ton Komatsu Press is fully operational and available to meet customers’ stamping needs. It also has a COE SpaceMaster Compact Coil Line, which will increase our capacity by complimenting the capability of the servo press.

Another Successful Year for Manor Tool’s Internship Program

For years, Manor Tool has offered a spring break internship program to give back to the Chicago manufacturing industry. In 2018, standout high school students Salvatore “Sal” Labarbera and Noah Guadalupe were selected based on their shared histories of mechanical and engineering classes and extracurricular activities.

They spent the week learning what Manor Tool does, beginning with a facility tour and seeing how to operate a punch press. This was followed by an immersion in the various departments here, including engineering and design, sales, customer service, accounts payable, and ownership.

Why ISO 9001:2015 Certification Is So Important in the Metal Stamping Industry

In our unending effort to provide the best quality metal stamping products and services, Manor Tool & Manufacturing is proud to be ISO 9001:2015 certified in manufacturing precision metal stampings, deep drawn stampings, and machined components and assemblies for various industries, as well as design and construction of tooling.

An ISO 9001:2015 certificate is the most well-known standard for quality management systems and is an important achievement in the industrial space, helping companies provide the best quality service and instilling peace of mind in their customers.

Milestone: Manor Tool Focuses on Transferring Tooling

Manor Tool published an eBook to educate both industry leaders and consumers on successful tool transferring called, “Everything You Need to Know About Transferring Tooling.” This resource offers guidance on preventing numerous common obstacles that decrease production and can derail it altogether, including old tooling, supplier quality, timeliness, minimizing risk, and industry-specific expertise.

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Manor Tool/Vogel Tool & Die Honored with 2018 Governor’s Export Award

Vogel Tool & Die received the 2018 Governor’s Award for Continuing Excellence from Illinois earlier this year. Company president Tom Simeone accepted the award at an honoring ceremony that took place at Union League Club of Chicago on May 24th.

Onward and Upward

Manor Tool will be working to continue building on these achievements and progress as we enter 2019. To become part of our continuing journey, contact us today for all your stamping needs.


5 Reasons to Consider a Tooling Transfer for Metal Stamping

As the U.S. economy and global manufacturing supply chain continue to evolve, many companies are realizing the need to maintain a consistent inventory of parts and tooling for their core operations. With OEMs examining supply chain risk management more closely than ever, it’s no surprise that tooling transfers have become increasingly popular in today’s industrial landscape.

Tooling transfers can prevent a number of common challenges that slow production or threaten to derail it altogether, including the following common tooling issues:

  1. Old tooling: Tool maintenance is essential, both to maintain safety and ensure high quality output, but requires appropriate resources like highly trained team members. If a trained staff is a prohibitive cost, however, you can easily outsource this work. Manor Tool and Manufacturing Co. has a team of qualified tool makers and apprentices on staff who can service and maintain your existing tooling for you.
  2. Supplier quality: Transferring your tooling to another company is a safeguard against inconsistency and poor quality from overseas suppliers. In fact, slipping standards are among the top reasons for tooling transfers.
  3. Timeliness: Suppliers don’t always deliver parts when promised. An in-house tool room reduces downtime spent on repairs and debugging.
  4. Minimize risk: When unexpected disruptions such as economic downturns, political unrest, or natural disasters affect the global supply chain, delays and inconsistent end-user experiences are likely to follow. An experienced tooling transfer provider can smoothly navigate these obstacles and minimize their effect on your company.
  5. Industry-specific expertise: Manor Tool has years of experience in custom tooling for metal stamping and formed components in a variety of applications. As an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, Manor Tool is deeply committed to quality in every project. Regardless of your company or industry’s demands, we can work with you to develop the right solution for your tooling transfer needs.

For more information about the benefits of transferring tooling and how to ensure a successful tool transfer, download our eBook, “Everything You Need to Know About Transferring Tooling.”


To find out how transferring tooling with Manor Tool can help you address common manufacturing issues, including lack of in-house tooling staff, supplier uncertainty, and inefficient production operations, contact our team today.