Meusburger Optimising competitiveness with standard parts
Austria – Quality, speed and cost – crucial factors for a company's competitiveness. Optimising these factors is one of the fundamental goals in tool and mould making. A promising way to achieve this is the use of standard parts, in punching tool construction too. By Doris Schulz
Shorter product lifecycles, fiercer competition caused by increasing globalisation and increasing cost pressures present new challenges for tool and mould makers – and at the same time present opportunities to gain a foothold in new markets. But to be successful, one must be better, faster, more efficient and more flexible than the competition.
Optimisation begins in the design phase
There is a good reason why tool and mould making is considered one of the "supreme disciplines" in production: It has a considerable impact on how efficient production will be later on. This begins with the tool design, where designers define the processing sequence of the tool and design individual stations and feed. In other words, the design determines, for the most part, the production parameters the tool will be operated with in the stamping workshop. What's more, the designers' decisions are also decisive for the tool's costs and production time.
“Here it becomes apparent that in order to be faster and more cost-effective, it is worth thinking about standardisation of tooling components,” says Gerhard Krammel, Product Manager Punching Tool Construction at Meusburger. Possible questions in this context are: Which tool components could be standardised? Is there a possibility to get standardised parts or tooling concepts internally? Could they be obtained from an external standard parts manufacturer? According to Krammel, another aspect in calculation and production is whether tool design is done with stocked or order-related components, like standard or special plates. The larger the share of standard components, the higher the proportion of fixed calculable costs. Standardisation guidelines are therefore already worthwhile in construction. For example, they can help a company's tool designers in working according to the same functional specification and design rules, while taking into account fixed processing requirements, and consistently using standardised tooling components.