Proto / Pilot tooling
There are several phase till we realize the product like, Proto tool, Pilot tool and production tool. Tool and process validation is essential for each type of tool. Basic methodology is,

  • Evaluating tool requirements considering
    • Product application
    • Product life
  • Specify tools (mould) considering
    • Product requirement
    • Tool life
    • Desired output
    • Safety
    • Spares requirement
  • Review and provide inputs on tool design with reference to
    • Tool specification, life, desired output, maintenance requirement, and safety standards
    • Consistent performance
    • Established design standards
    • Use of standard components
    • Product design to tooling equations
    • Efficient cooling design
  • Review, modify and approve stage by stage manufacturing processes and sequence to ensure intended results like
    • Manufacturing time and cost
    • Tool life
    • Intended product aesthetics
  • Review / monitoring of stage by stage activities of tool construction
  • Tool Qualification/validation at mould maker / convertor site
  • Pilot batch at mould maker/convertor site