Precision engineering specialists Midland Tool and Design have launched a new system which will dramatically reduce lead times and tooling costs.
The company’s Modulam system, available since December 1st, can halve conventional tooling costs, through using a dedicated die set and modular components which suit the tooling configuration.
Once the die has been set in place, the savings are estimated to be up to 50%, compared to the traditional dedicated tooling approach.
The lower costs ensure less time is spent in manufacturing, thereby cutting lead times, and the accuracy of the system eliminates the need to re-qualify parts at the production stage – all prototypes produced are to the customer’s final specification.
It is ideal for small and medium volume projects, and is particularly suited to prototyped stamped laminations, because it eliminates the need for photo or laser etching.
Bosses believe Modulam’s potential is so great the brand name will soon become eponymous with this approach to tooling.
Managing Director Darren Booton said: “Modulam will make a massive difference to costs and lead times, without any impact on product quality – regardless of the quantities manufactured.
“It combines a unique tooling holder, which can be used in either our Bruderer 50 tonne, 60 tonne or Bliss 200 tonne presses, with bespoke tooling elements designed and manufactured in-house.
“These elements can be made from steel or carbide, depending on the client’s requirements.”
The Tipton-based company, which celebrated its 40th birthday in October, specialises in designing and manufacturing components for mechanical and electrical engineering firms.
They work in a wide range of sectors including aerospace, motorsports and medical.