Various Factors that Affect Tool Design

October 24, 2022

Planning is essential to the success of any instrument. The tool’s design is critical at every stage, beginning with the reception of the drawing from the client and continuing until the completion of the tool.

Tool Design: What Is It?

Tool design is a process that includes the planning, designing, creating, and analysing of various tools, techniques, and processes that are required to boost production efficiency and productivity. A well-thought-out design may save on the expenses of producing a tool while also making it easier to prevent or entirely do away with the need for any changes to the tool. In the end, a well-thought-out design assists production in producing using a tool in a trouble-free, cost-effective, and high-quality manner that meets the specifications.

Initial Concept With Paper And A Pencil

Despite the availability of technological assistance, every tool design begins with paper and pencil. The designer generates the first idea based on the customer’s artwork. This includes the location of the workpiece in the tool, the selection of the cutting sequence, the placement of centring forks, finder pins, and other active elements, the order of bending operations, and the selection of appropriate tool monitoring systems. Step by step, the concept is honed through a combination of alternative alternatives and selective enhancements. This is then presented and debated in a concept meeting with members from the design, toolmaking, and maintenance departments and the production department. Thus, everyone who will interact with the tool in the future is participating in the design process. At this final concept meeting, comments and fresh ideas are gathered from all parties, completing the concept for the tool.

The Stamping and Shaping Physics

A client sketch tells us not only the look and size of the required product but also another critical physical parameter: the material. Tensile strength is an essential consideration in tool design. The cutting gap and holding-down force necessary to produce a clean cut differ depending on the size of the tensile strength. Bending forces are computed using the bending line and tensile strength and serve as the foundation for the design’s material and panel dimensions. Appropriate springs can be chosen based on the hold-down force, influencing the space requirements. A balance between the number and size of springs must be discovered. Finally, it is up to the designer’s experience to appropriately understand these values and implement them into the design.

Tool Design Standardisation

Standards need a significant amount of work on the part of everyone concerned. The tool structure has been consolidated and harmonised due to our internal standardising. The designer does not need to consider the tool’s structure because it has already been refined, tested, and eventually standardised multiple times. It is thus unnecessary for the toolmaker and the tool maintenance department to rethink each tool; everyone is familiar with the standard structure and can predict how and where an individual component is utilised. Furthermore, the consistent operation of the instruments helps productivity. All machines have centring mechanisms that automatically bring the tool to a specified and aligned position. Furthermore, the clamping parts are standardised, allowing for easy machine changeover.

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