Producing a mould is often a lengthy and complex process that cannot be described in just a few words. In general, the process looks as follows:
1. The tool shop's work begins once the design drawings made by the engineering department are ready.
2. Our work preparation department orders all necessary materials (steel) and standardised parts.
3. The work preparation department also determines and records how each component has to be made, including the routing through the tool shop.
4. The various components each have their own routine; some simple components are done after a single processing step, while other parts require a more extensive and lengthier production process.
5. Eventually, all components end up with the toolmaker who uses them to construct the finished mould.
What do you use to repair a mould when it breaks?
That largely depends on the type of damage; in some cases, we have spare parts available and can easily replace the damaged components. In other cases, we can repair the damaged or broken components with laser welding and post-processing. In the event of serious damage, we may have to produce entirely new components. Fortunately, we can take care of that quickly in our own tool shop. Lastly, standardised components such as ejector pins and rails may break. We keep a limited inventory of such parts and our suppliers can usually quickly deliver anything we need.
What kind of equipment/software do you use?
We use various machines. Since many of these machines are computer-controlled, we also use various software programs in our work.
Our most important machines are:
- CNC milling/drilling machines 3-axle and 5-axle, e.g. Hermle with robot/pallet system.
- CNC HSM (High Speed machine), Yasda for high-accuracy milling work.
- Electrical discharge machining (EDM).
- Spark erosion machines.
- Grinders. An assortment of conventional machines, measurement tools and hand tools.