Tool & Die Design And Manufacturing
For over 77 years, Wiegel Tool Works (WTW) has been designing and building custom tool and dies for leading OEM and tier manufacturers in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, electric vehicle, electrical equipment, electronics, lighting, military and defense, solar, structural building components and telecommunications industries, among others.
Our tool room is fully integrated with our engineering department’s 3D CAD modeling design software, Siemens NX, so we design and manufacture directly off design files to seamlessly manufacture components. While stamping manufacturers who only design tools would have to design and then work with an outsourced tool manufacturing company to build tools, our tool room is “in house” and creates a close alignment between our toolmakers and engineering team. We’re able to manufacture right from the files that are developed in engineering and make tooling adjustments and changes in real-time. This reduces time and prevents delays for your project.
Get help from expert engineers and skilled tool and die makers to design and manufacture efficient tooling for producing complex stamped parts with die design and manufacturing services from Wiegel Tool Works.
Our Production Parts
Wiegel Tool Works produces a variety of precision metal stampings made from copper, precious metal and ferrous metals. We specialize in manufacturing of both precision electrical connectors and non-electrical parts that are used in our world’s most demanded consumer products and essentials.
Family owned and operated since 1941, we’ve designed and built tool and dies for a range of metal stampings and metal formed parts with tight tolerances and stringent requirements including:
- Brake Components
- Compression Limiters
- Crush Bushings
- Engine Components
- Furniture Parts
- Fuse Boxes
- Fuse Clips
- Heat Sinks
- Hose Clamps
- Lead Frames
- Lighting Components
- Press-fit Pins
- Printer Cartridge Blades
- Rolled Bushings
- Seat Belt Buckle (Steel Tongue)
- Selective Plated Lead Frames
- Selective Plated Terminals
- Sensor Components
- Terminals, Contacts and Connectors
- Transmission Components
- Transmission Lead Frames
- Wire and Cable Connectors
- Wire Formed Fasteners
- Wire Formed Hooks
- Wire Formed Springs
- Wire Formed Terminals
Although each metal has its own blend of mechanical, chemical and surface properties, our knowledgeable engineering and production teams have decades of experience and can achieve optimum results from a variety of metals. Our team develops the right tooling techniques to ensure the unique properties of any metal are yielding exactly what our customers require for their metal stampings. Material types we commonly work with include:
- Phospor Bronze
- Beryllium Copper
- Stainless Steel
- Carbon Steel
- Galvanized Steel
Our Tooling Process
TOOL & DIE DESIGN
Our engineers teamed with the software developers to volunteer new ideas and enhance the most sophisticated 3D CAD modeling design software in the industry, enabling us to design and debug progressive dies on screen with production simulations prior to actual production. Using the Siemens NX die design software for our 3D tooling designs, our engineering department can complete die designs in up to three weeks. In addition to our tool design capabilities, we offer expert recommendations on part designs for more efficient tooling and error-free production. We provide assistance in material and plating selections for part designs and maximize material space with efficient part layouts to reduce the cost of manufacturing your parts.
Our engineers are equipped to design and model the tools for your production program. They are continually pressing forward to develop effective designs, ensure manufacturing efficiency, and cut tooling cost, so we can pass along these savings to our customers.
TOOL & DIE MANUFACTURING
We produce our tools in house utilizing top technology such as waterjet cutting, wire EDM, CNC machining and optical profile grinding. We custom fabricate dies for in-house progressive stamping production and also partner with our customers looking to design and produce tools to efficiently integrate in their own in-line automation processes. Tooling fixtures that we produce include checking fixtures, inspection gauges and assembly fixtures.
Progressive Die Metal Stamping
After progressive tooling is designed and built, we can then efficiently transition completed dies into our production department to stamp parts with progressive die high-speed stamping or progressive die heavy stamping. We're known for our quick turnaround of multi-million-piece-part programs at the fastest stamping speeds recognized in the metal stamping industry. We ensure the consistent delivery of quality parts by incorporating multiple in-die sensors and in-line camera vision systems that inspect critical dimensions of all running parts at high speed and high accuracy.
Progressive Die High-Speed Stamping – 30 to 90-ton Bruderer presses running at up to 1500 spm.
Progressive Die Heavy Stamping – 100 to 450-ton Minster presses running at up to 140 spm on conventional presses, up to 250 spm on servo presses, and up to 400 spm on hybrid (adjustable stroke) presses.
We Prioritize customer satisfaction
At Wiegel Tool Works, our utmost priority is customer satisfaction with the quality and integrity of our parts. In-die sensors, press monitoring systems, camera vision systems and a dedicated inspection team ensure parts leaving the production line exceed customer expectations.
The press monitoring system tracks production OEE and offers real-time data feedback reporting from every press on the shop floor. Data collected is used to drive efficiency and eliminate downtime so raw material is processed through machines quicker, parts are coming off the presses at accelerated speeds and parts are delivered and in the hands of our customers on time. As an advanced quality measure, multiple in-die sensors and in-line camera vision systems inspect critical dimensions of all running parts at high speed and high accuracy to eliminate error and ensure the consistent delivery of quality parts.
Wiegel Tool Works invests in cutting-edge technology to drive process efficiencies and produce high-quality and cost-effective products. We operate progressive die metal stamping technology from Minster and Bruderer, the leaders in stamping automation technology and equipment. Our enhanced manufacturing equipment is capable of producing with more precision and accuracy and can achieve complex geometries and tighter tolerances. We also have a dedicated automation department that develops in-die sensor technology and camera vision systems used to incorporate quality assurance through all phases of stamping production. With a committed team, innovative equipment, and superior quality control, Wiegel Tool Works can provide progressive die high-speed stamping and heavy stamping services that turnaround reliable parts on-time and on-budget.
Wiegel Tool Works is known for building partnerships through a “co-engineered” approach to collaboratively address design and manufacturing challenges alongside our customers. Together, with customer engineering and sourcing teams, we are routinely able to co-develop solutions and bring cost-saving ideas to complex projects. It is our goal to optimize efficiency on every project by seamlessly bridging the workflow between the customer and Wiegel Tool Works. Decades of experience has proven to us that the most cost-effective manufacturing strategies synergize the best engineering practices at both the customer and at Wiegel Tool Works. We continually strive to be a premier service provider and an invaluable resource to each customer by helping to drive efficiencies in all moving parts of a project.
With Zeiss CMMs, OGP smart scopes and dedicated sensor and camera vision system technology to monitor stamping parts in and off production lines, our customers know quality assurance is our number one priority. We are IATF and ISO certified and have a dedicated quality lab and inspection team responsible for maintaining quality control at the greatest extent.Learn More
Wiegel Tool Works lives by the philosophy of embracing the latest technology. We have regular technology updates and new equipment acquisitions so we can always have the necessary tools to develop breakthrough techniques and processes and deliver quality parts.Learn More
Supply Chain Management
From the very bottom of the supply chain, we manage product material, metal stamping production, pre- and post- stamping operations as well as product handling, tactical scheduling, logistics and delivery. Wiegel Tool Works helps manufacturing customers reduce their supply base by offering assistance in all phases of metal stamping production from early design concepts to tooling to production of finished stampings and assemblies. Customers can track projects with real-time updates and keep all teams aligned with project goals.Learn More
It’s our mission to offer premier metal stamping and metal forming solutions to the most challenging and innovative engineering product designs. We combine advanced metal stamping production and tooling equipment, superior quality controls, seamless automation and production processes, and a knowledgeable and experienced team to serve an array of market segments.
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