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Tooling: The Logical Solution to Manufacturing YOUR Product

Tooling: The Logical Solution to Manufacturing YOUR Product

 

What is Tooling, and How is it Applied

Tooling, short for machine tooling, is an essential part of most manufacturing processes. You can get a good idea of how tooling works by picturing a garlic press and how it facilitates the process by finely mincing each garlic clove. Just as the press minces your garlic cloves, tooling machines help you manufacture your products. Of course, there are other ways to create your products, just as there are other ways to mince garlic, but they aren’t made to perform the specific tasks needed to produce your product.

How Tooling can Drastically Increase Manufacturing Speeds and Improve Product Quality

Tooling creates unique tools or machines that make your product. These tools are tailored to the specific needs that your product requires and perform actions necessary in each step to mass produce your product. Though it does require time and monetary investment to initially set up the process, the benefits of tooling are tremendous. Once the process is in place, your product moves swiftly through each station until each component forms the whole. In the long run, you save a significant amount of time and money in the production process.

Types of Tooling

There are many types of tooling machines, one of the most prominent being Injection Molding. Other common types of tooling include but are not limited to cutting, boring, grinding, shearing, and assembling. Machines such as the automatic screw machine are also used to facilitate assembly. Depending on your manufacturing needs, different machines are organized into a system to create an automated assembly line to manufacture your product. Tooling is also widely used in packaging, where automatic sealing, cutting, heat shrink, and box sealing machines come into play. They drastically reduce the time that it takes to pack each product manually.

Advantages:

  • Speed: Machine tooling is an extremely fast method to produce large quantities of your product once the process is configured. 
  • Precision: Precision is guaranteed since the machine is fine-tuned to execute the most specific tasks.
  • Quality: Consistent quality through every cycle is a major advantage of tooling.

Disadvantages: 

  • High Upfront Cost: Very high upfront cost if you are looking to set up your own machine tooling to manufacture your products. Luckily, many companies specialize in machine tooling, so you can contract a company to manufacture for you.
  • For Large Operations: Tooling is geared for bulk manufacturing operations.

Determining if Your Business Needs Tooling Services

If your business has a high output of products, it may be a good idea to explore tooling options. Your two choices would be to perform tooling in-house or outsource to a manufacturer that can take care of the tooling process and manufacture your products for you.

If your business conducts its manufacturing in-house and has large quantities of output, you may want to consider tooling and implementing systems if you have not already done so. Because your manufacturing is already in-house, the next step is to optimize your system. Tooling becomes more effective as you produce more, so calculate how many units you need to produce for the initial tooling costs to balance out with the costs of producing units without tooling. Once you find this breakeven point, you can evaluate if it is logical to consider tooling.

If your business needs tooling services, but it is not feasible or too expensive to set up in-house tooling, it may be a better choice to look for a manufacturer that offers tooling to manufacture your products for you. This drastically reduces the initial cost of tooling and makes it possible for you to reap the same benefits without such a heavy investment. If you are looking for a manufacturing service that incorporates tooling, Esino is highly skilled in the field. We help many businesses take care of their manufacturing needs whether they require injection molding, assembly, screw fastening, packaging, and much more!

How Esino can Help Fulfill Your Product Development Needs

When trying to develop a product, Esino is your one-stop-shop. Our services include product design, prototyping, manufacturing, tooling, and repair services. We have a strong history with over 10 years of experience helping startups and creative entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful products. We work hard to achieve the moment where our clients’ eyes light up when they see their product come to life. Take a look at a few of our past projects here!

Injection Molding: The KEY to cost-effective manufacturing and quick turnaround times

Injection Molding: The KEY to cost-effective manufacturing and quick turnaround times

When developing a product, it is essential to learn about the top manufacturing processes, one being injection molding. The injection molding process has grown to be one of the most efficient and cost-effective manufacturing processes because of its ability to quickly produce a large volume of identical parts. Injection molding allows for the flexibility of various shapes and sizes, resulting in a significant proportion of plastic products created in a short amount of time. 

How the injection molding process works

The injection molding process begins by feeding plastic material granules into a heated barrel. The plastic granules are melted down and mixed with a helical shaped screw. The screw then injects the melted plastic into a custom mold cavity created for each product. The plastic is left to cool and harden to the mold’s configuration. Once solidified, the piece is placed on a moveable platen and removed from the machine. The process is now complete and begins to repeat to produce more parts.

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Advantages of injection molding

  • Speed: Each cycle is completed in about 15-30 seconds. 
  • Low labor costs: This process uses an automatic tool that can produce your parts with little to no labor on top of the production. 
  • Low production cost: Using and creating a mold that minimizes materials and produces multiple parts results in a lower price per piece.
  • Low waste: There is little waste created because the mold is made custom to each part, and most products are recyclable. 
  • Design flexibility: These molds are the most versatile and flexible because they can create almost any shape in one piece.
  • Number of cycles per mold: Each custom mold can complete about 100,000 to 1 million cycles depending on the quality, maintenance, and conditions your mold is under. 

Are there disadvantages? 

  • High upfront cost: The high initial cost to create an injection mold can be a barrier to entry. On average, a mold can cost $12,000, but for smaller pieces, molds can range between $1,000 and $5,000, and for more extensive, it can cost up to $80,000. However, once this cost is covered, there are little costs to continue making the product. 
  • Part redesign restrictions: If you need to make a few changes to your parts, you will need to create a whole new injection tooling mold. To combat this problem, work with our team using our 3D printers to perfect your prototype, and ensure this does not happen. 

Where to go for injection molding? 

When choosing a company for manufacturing services such as injection molding, you should find a highly experienced company with a strong history in developing products that require similar expertise as the product you are trying to create. When you narrow down to your final choices, make sure you ask for case study samples of past projects or physical samples so that you can assess the quality of production.

When trying to develop a product, Esino is your one-stop-shop. Our services include product design, prototyping, manufacturing, tooling, and repair services. We have a strong history with over 10 years of experience helping startups and creative entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful products. We work hard to achieve the moment where our clients’ eyes light up when they see their product come to life.