Metal Stamping Transfer Tooling Checklist

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.transfer tooling ebook

During the tooling development phase, third-party tooling providers often take ownership of a variety of time-consuming, laborious, or specialized tasks, including:

  • Design
  • Machining
  • Heat treating
  • Routing
  • Barcoding
  • Turning
  • Pressing
  • Debugging
  • 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:

  • Aluminum
  • Cold-rolled steel
  • HSLA
  • 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. You can download a checklist for your own records by clicking here!

Complete tool drawings

Hard copy

CAD files


Tool installation


Spare parts list

High-risk of repair parts

Replacement 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.

If you’d like to learn more about transfer tooling, we invite you to download our eBook. For questions on our products or services, please contact us or request a quote today.


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