Tool Configuration

There are a few stages to go through to develop your product that we can assist with including the material evaluation and product review. Once these stages are completed we will consider the optimum tool configuration to meet your own specific requirements.

The initial evaluation process will take into account all key features of your plastic component to determine a mould tool configuration that will meet your production demand. At this stage of the review process we are considering the best options to provide you with a budgetary quotation but should you wish to proceed with us for the manufacture of your components a more detailed review will take place to determine the final tool configuration.


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What do we look at for the initial tool configuration review?

  • Product features
  • Moulding material
  • Consider parting line of the mould tool
  • Consider extraction from the tool
  • Type of mould tool
  • Tool material
  • Number of cavities to meet production demand

The above review will allow us to provide you with a quotation based on our experience and will be based on our recommendations for the optimum tooling based on the information that is provided. If you decide to progress your project and place your tooling with us then we will complete a full review of the product and your requirements to fully establish the final tool configuration. This final review stage is important and more detailed than the initial quotation stage and we will work with you to identify any areas of the product features that may require further consideration.

At this stage we will be looking at the finer detail of the product features and how the mould tool can accommodate them whilst not compromising the function and final appearance. We will keep you fully informed if we identify any potential issues and provide advice as to the options that are available.

What key areas will be reviewing at this final stage?

  • Detailed review of product features
  • Material shrinkage rate
  • Temperature control
  • Optimum parting line
  • Surface finish
  • Drafting
  • Shut off angles
  • Feed system
  • Method of gating and position
  • Moving elements
  • Ejector positions

At the final review stage we will have worked with you to sign your product off ready for manufacture and then we will proceed with the mould tool design. We will produce a detailed tool specification to aid the process and ensure the tool is designed to our high standards and in line with the agreed configuration. The tool is designed using reverse engineering and is delivered in stages to control the process allowing us to review it internally at predetermined intervals. The internal review will approve the initial schematic, with valued input from both our production and tooling technicians, to ensure ease of manufacture and tool efficiency in relation to production moulding.

Once the tool schematic is reviewed against our internal tool check list the final general assembly (GA) and fully detailed manufacturing drawings are generated together with a detailed parts list of bought in items. We will look to reduce the lead time by ordering the required parts and materials at an early stage where possible.

On receipt of the technical drawings a dedicated tool package is collated and issued to the Toolroom to commence manufacture. The job status is reviewed internally at regular intervals to ensure the quoted lead time to samples can be met.

The mould tool is a crucial element in the success or failure of a product. Consideration is given at every stage to ensure the mould tool investment you make is not only fit for purpose but will provide a quality product for the life of the tool.