In over 80 years, many die cast tooling manufacturers have built over 300,000 unique dies. All of their dies and die cast equipment are standardized around the world and they globally coordinate their tooling resources. This means that wherever their manufacturing location is situated, they are supported from concept, rapid prototyping, tooling, and pre-production testing stages to full-scale manufacturing. They offer two types of tooling processes: multi-slide and conventional.
Multi-Slide Die Cast Tooling
Their proprietary multi-slide technology was originally invented in 1936. Since then, they have made continuous improvements to their tools and machines to offer the most advanced die casting process. Multi-slide tooling is designed to use four (or more) perpendicular slides in the tool allowing us to create more complex and accurate castings. Multi-slide die casting offers a number of unique advantages, including: net shape first time, eliminating secondary operations like assembly and machining, complex geometry and tight tolerances at high speed for world-class productivity and lower total costs, minimum part-to-part variation compared to standard multi-cavity dies, more compact tools that are less prone to parting-line variation and its negative effect on the ﬁnished part’s dimensional tolerances.
Conventional Die Cast Tooling
Conventional die cast tooling comes in single cavities (one part per cycle) or multiple cavities (more than one part per cycle). Their conventional tooling process is designed with only two slides rather than four and it provides customers with efficiency in production and lower costs. Die casting manufacturers must have: quality built dies which efficiently cope with high volume production, attention to the design of the dies, putting in as many of the part’s features as needed to avoid secondary operations. Their goal is always net shape first time, careful planning to eliminate machining and reduce costs, predictive wear analysis to promote the longevity of their dies, their tool designers predict what part of the die may wear out and insert this as a separate piece of steel, carefully planned water and cooling lines ensure efficient production.
All of their tools start with design for manufacturing, where they talk with their customers to make sure any shortfalls for the part can be vetted and corrected before the tool is built. Modifying die features on the front end will help to improve the final part but also increase the overall quality of the tool. During this design phase, they can also predict where the tool will wear and create removable inserts for the tool that can save time and maintenance. They design their tools to run with minimal downtime.
Die cast tooling manufacturers’ knowledge and experience make a tremendous difference for their customers. Not only do they make the best die cast tools but they have worked with thousands of customers from nearly every industry and can modify solutions if any issues arise during the production process.