Avoiding Tool Failure

Avoiding tool failure is critical to all production managers. Failure of a tool means that production has come to a standstill. No parts are being made. Down-line production may be delayed. The tooling manager will need to design the optimum tool to avoid tooling failure and halting production.

There are many ways that tools may fail. They may bend, crack, break, chip, deform or wear out. As a manufacturer, you desire your tooling to provide great service over a long period of time. If any of these failures occur, then your production will suffer, resulting in downtime, lost production, delays, and higher part costs.

There are four important steps to creating the optimum tool. Tool failure can occur if any one of these four steps is sacrificed. These steps should be used regardless of the complexity of the tool.

The four critical steps to an optimum tool are:

1.Proper Tool Design

2.Proper Tool Steel Selection

3.Proper Fabrication

4.Proper Heat Treatment

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