Tool Transfer? Use Our Easy Checklist

Concerned about the future of your current plastics manufacturing program? Has your agency raised prices for tool storage or raised stocking minimums? Learn more about your tool transfer options.

Take back control of your business – Ask questions about your production tooling options.

There are many reasons that drive companies to examine new resources for mold production. Perhaps it is a disruption in, or inconsistent service from a foreign manufacturer. Maybe the level of customer service (foreign or domestic) has declined. Or perhaps rate hikes are in excess of 25%. Or maybe the vendor keeps increasing production minimums to retain a tool in the shop.

Classic Molding wants the opportunity to help return you to a more stable manufacturing environment, so you can focus on what’s important – your business. You have a choice where you run and store your production tool. Even if your tool was built overseas, you may be surprised to learn, you can run it domestically in the United States for similar pricing. Partnering with a U.S. molding house has many benefits, but most important among them is control.

In the event you find yourself having to make the decision whether or not to transfer a tool from one manufacturing house to another, review these simple tips to ensure you’re choosing the right partner.

EQUIPMENT AND ADAPTABILITY
Most tools are made to domestic standards and measurements and can be transferred to most any manufacturer, but double-check to see if older, foreign-made tools are adaptable
Most domestic presses are set up for horizontal tool production, the most common orientation by today’s standards
If your part requires two-shot production, not all domestic partners can do this
If your tool requires some TCL, some domestic partners still have full-service tool shops and can fix damaged tools, replace missing parts, and modify as needed
 
PRESS SIZE AND SECONDARY EQUIPMENT
If production timelines are critical, make sure your manufacturer has a sufficient inventory of presses and an array of machine sizes
A manufacturer with a broad range of secondary service options can also keep your production timeline in check
 
EXPERIENCE & CAPABILITIES
Look for manufacturers that have longevity in the market, a range of capabilities, and offer a simplified tool transfer process
Ask about their range of engineering capabilities, whether they work only on simple production pieces or can do more highly-engineered components
You’ll find value working with a house that has over-molding capabilities, automation, and stamping, assembly and kitting services
 
TOOL STORAGE & PRODUCTION INVENTORY
Avoid manufactures who require minimum production volumes to keep a tool in storage
Carefully examine the fees charged for tool storage
Be sure to get an outline specifically of what happens to tools left in storage, unused
If your operation counts on JIT delivery, work with a manufacturer that can store inventory and ship as scheduled to your end user

Why Use a Domestic Manufacturer?

  • Domestic partners allow you to quickly address quality issues, with a quick visit to the plant to see the part running. Also, tool modifications can be made quickly in their in-house tool shop
  • Domestic partners are price competitive when running production volumes under two-million pieces
  • Import duties and other tariffs are expensive and require a lot of paperwork
  • Freight costs are lower, when shipped domestically
  • Delivery timelines are quick, and can be sent overnight if required
  • Oftentimes foreign guarantees aren’t the same as the in the U.S.
  • Customer service representatives are available during business hours and able to resolve issues quickly because they are located at the plant
  • Domestic houses know U.S. standards and can quickly provide all certifications or quality testing documents when asked

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