Progressive Die Tooling
Tool and Die is a general term describing the complex machines used to work raw material into a desired state. Tooling and die sets work in concert with one another to manipulate raw material into various shapes and sizes. In metal stamping, tool and die can be manufactured to produce something as simple as a washer or something as complex as the hood of a car. The most simple tool and die example most people are familiar with would be a paper hole punch. The tool and die components needed to produce complex metal stampings with high levels of speed, precision and accuracy require advanced engineering and manufacturing experience.
We have the ONLY Tool and Die Apprenticeship Program Registered with the US Department of Labor in Colorado.
Modern tool and die requires highly engineered designs built first as 3D models. Software allows design engineers to fit hundreds of individual components together in a virtual assembly and run simulations to ensure the desired outcome is possible before a block is ever cut. When the design is complete, journeyman tool and die makers will build the individual components using CNC machining centers, Wire EDM, as well as traditional manual machines like grinders and drill presses.
- Press-Fit Terminal
- Custom Stamping
- Power Terminal
- Forming Dies
- High Speed Steel Dies
- Precision Progressive Stamping Dies
- Near Fine Blank
- CAD Design
- Die Build
- US Department of Labor registered Tool and Die Apprenticeship Program in Colorado
- 2 Journeyman and 1 Apprentice employed
Qualtek designed and built a progressive die stamping tool for a customer and ran it in production for years until one day the customer discovered a “tolerance stackup” causing a failure in their assembly. Their initial thought was to redesign the part Qualtek was making and utilize a completely different kind of stamping operation. This would have required costly retooling and slowed the production of the parts down by 3x. We saw the opportunity to change our approach to the traditional progressive die tooling and utilize the capability of our servo drive stamping presses. The outcome is a part capable of maintaining tolerances of 0.0003” and a customer that avoided tens of thousands of dollars in additional costs. See the attached presentation referencing “servo near fine blanking” for more detail on this story.