MuShield’s In-House Tooling Capabilities Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity
Let’s get to the root of things.
You’ve got an idea, or, you’ve got a standard production job that you need manufactured for whatever your unique application may be.
The question is, what are you doing for tooling? Each custom job comes with it the need for a custom tool to accomplish whatever the end goal/product may be.
What is tooling?
Tooling is, quite simply (though not simple at all), the process by which a manufacturer establishes the literal tool needed to complete a job. It starts at the design phase and works its way through engineering and production. Different types of tools needed in a production facility include:
Work holding tools
- For welding applications
- For milling applications
- For grinding applications
- For hydro / cold forming applications
- For sheet metal applications
- For forging and extrusion applications
Why Is Tooling Important?
When it comes to the quality of the finished product at hand – tooling is literally how you get from point a to point b. If you’re looking for that finished result to be equal to or exceed expectations from a quality perspective, you need the right tool for the job, and you need it to be uncompromised. There’s a lot science and math behind it. You can’t just hit Home Depot and hope for the best.
Perspectives to consider when designing the right tool:
- Quality requirements of a finished part
- Finished part’s geometry
- Speed and accuracy with which a part can be produced
- Repeatability of the job with regard to shear volume and number of production runs
- Customer’s budget
All of these points are taken into consideration during the quoting phase and will impact the final design for the tool(s) used in production.
When developing tooling, we ask questions such as:
- What type of precision are you hoping for?
- What overall characteristics are you looking for in your tooling solution?
- Where in the product life is your part?
- How long will this product be around?
It’s okay if you simply say, “I don’t know.” If you’re building your own tools in house, you know the ins and outs of all of this already. But for many, you aren’t and that is where MuShield can help.
- Our machining capabilities allow us to build all tooling needed for our customers’ unique parts / jobs.
- Having control over building custom tooling saves time as we are able to quickly react to any modifications or design changes and do not have to rely on a 3rd party.
- We not only provide you with “just” tooling; we’re also equipped with functional gauges and fixturing. In order to inspect to tight GD&T callouts on aerospace flight drawings on our CMM, we need to hold the part.
- Our machinists are able to make of those in our machine shop.
In short, MuShield’s tool-making ability doesn’t just save you time, it also saves you money as well. The more people you get involved with a project, the more expensive the project gets. Economics 101.
Why choose MuShield?
When we say we’re your one-stop shop, we mean it. From an idea on up through the finished product we have the staff, tools, and knowhow to push any project through to culmination with our streamlined, in-house process. We have engineers on staff to help you figure out how to make any idea you might have, a reality. We like to call it the “MuShield Advantage.” So, please, consider us. Here’s our pitch:
- Over six decades of proven success
- Secondary operations (laser trimming, hole cutting, heat treating, etc.) are done in-house to expedite delivery and keep costs down for our customers
- Short lead times
- Simple and inexpensive tooling
- Dimensional consistency and quality
- Unparalleled customer service, from initial conversations about your unique needs, to design, production, and post project follow-up
- Cost savings leading to a bolstered bottom line for your organization
Further in-house capabilities:
- Deep Draw Hydroforming
- 5 Axis Laser Cutting, Welding & Machining
- Laser Welding
- Sheet Metal Fabrication
- Metal Spinning
- On-Site Hydrogen and Vacuum Heat Treating
- Multi Axis Machining
- Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding and Spot-welding
- Tool Design and Manufacturing
- Consulting, Engineering & DFM
- CMM Inspection
- R &D Work and Production Orders