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Press Tooling

Using its progression and precision press tools, Brandauer have been manufacturing precision metal components for customers around the world for decades. Brandauer is capable of working with the widest range of metals and continue to invest in the best technology to manage the in-house design and manufacture of progression press tooling.

Design & manufacture of press tooling

Brandauer’s dedicated Wire EDM cell houses multiple Agie Charmilles wire EDM machines, fully integrated with CAD/CAM software. The rarity of these machines in the UK showcase the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and investment in new and innovative technology.

They are crucial in the manufacture of Brandauer’s three unique tooling standards (Standard Fixed, Precision and Modular tooling).

The design of any Brandauer progression press tooling benefits from bespoke CAD software, including Visi Vero 3D which uses intelligent 3D Toolpaths with High Speed Milling routines.

This use of the latest technology coupled with the experience and know-how of expert tool designers and makers combine to improve productivity, reduce machine cycle times and ensure the most challenging and complex parts are produced at the highest quality standards.

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The design and manufacture of progression and precision tools are part of a promise to deliver a complete manufacturing solution for the production of pressed metal components.

Brandauer’s three unique tooling standards are outlined below and are used dependent on customer requirements and component complexity. Brandauer pride itself on the quality and longevity of its bespoke tooling standards, with the capability to run tools in presses from anything between 10 to 1,200 strokes per minute, consistently for some 15-20 years.

Furthermore, Brandauer also offer an established and successful tooling transfer faculty which is outlined below.

Three unique tooling standards

1

Standard fixed tooling
  • Die set precision guidance elements only
  • Typically with the use of fixed location punches
  • Material thickness > 0.5mm
  • Full tool protection

2

Precision tooling
  • Full length Die Set (Top and bottom bolster) with large precision guidance elements
  • Fixed internal elements with individual precision guidance elements
  • Punches and dies cut to +/-0.001mm
  • Material thickness 0.05mm—1.0mm
  • Full tool protection

3

Modular tooling
  • Full length Die Set (Top and bottom bolster) with large precision guidance elements
  • Internal modules with individual precision guidance elements
  • Punches and dies cut to +/-0.001mm
  • Typical material thickness between 0.05mm—1.0mm
  • Suitable for ‘in press’ change over
  • Reduced change over time ‘SMED’
  • Full tool protection

Tool transfer capability

Tool transfers; also known as tool outsourcing, resourcing and sub-contracting is a pre-proven service designed to help customers achieve the transfer of established press tools with the minimum of inconvenience and as little disruption to production as possible.

All tool transfers start with the preparation of a professional tool status report. After this, Brandauer repair badly maintained or worn tooling to the highest standard or alter it to meet a required specification.

The same technical and engineering skill is applied to the transfer and refurbishment of existing tooling as it is to the development of new tooling.

Expertise in the development, production and maintenance of tooling is carried out with the latest technology and market-leading inspection systems with the latest digital toolmakers’ microscopes and Mitutoyo automated optical Quick Vision co-ordinate measuring machines. Together, this blend of skills and technologies ensures the longest possible life for existing press tools and minimises maintenance and downtime throughout the production lifetime.

The transfer process that Brandauer has established to meet the most stringent time constraints and best-practice diagnostics and recommendations includes a free 15-hour tooling inspection at the earliest phase. The process and its associated tasks of note are detailed below.

The tool transfer process

1. Evaluate

Outcome: Concept sheet

  • Determine specifications
  • Identify Tool type
  • What is the required output?

2. Diagnose

Outcome: Tool assessment

  • Transfer Tool
  • What are the problems?
  • Tool review
  • 15 hours free of charge

3. Recommend

Outcome: Tool report

  • Propose improvements
  • Communication
  • Confirm costs


4. Implement

Outcome: Purchase order

  • Appoint project manager
  • Client meeting
  • Transfer supply


5. Review

Outcome: Enter CI initiative

  • Resources
  • Measure results
  • Apply a process of continuous improvement

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New Press Tool or Tool Transfer enquiry

You can speed up the enquiry process for your desired press tooling requirements by answering as many questions as possible in the form below, which is segmented for new tooling requests and requests for the transfer of established tooling. The facility to provide detailed drawings or relevant documents is also offered.

New Tooling

Tool Transfer

Speed up your enquiry by completing the below questions.

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