Tooling and Fixture Design
When manufacturing any device, precision is critical to success. When manufacturing a medical device, 1/1000 of an inch can be the difference between that success and failure. High-quality toolmaking is the first step in controlling that difference. A well-made tool forms higher quality components, produces less waste and helps reduce costs. That’s why Lubrizol Life Science Health engineers work with you at the inception of your project to ensure that your mold or pin-and-die set is precise and long-lasting.
Aligning Materials and Tools
For the best quality end product, it’s critical that the tool is manufactured to optimize the flow of raw material. Take mold flow rate as an example. Since the various types of silicone flow through injection molding hot runner systems at vastly different rates, LLS Health engineers can recommend appropriate tool specifications to accommodate the type of silicone the application requires. Likewise, our team helps ensure that the pin-and-die set is designed for the type of thermoplastic or silicone you've specified. Designing the tool so that it works optimally with the specified material creates better products.
Extending Your Tool’s Lifecycle
In high-volume or long-run component manufacturing, premature tool wear can be costly. But continually investing in new tools when quality goes down or waste goes up isn’t cost-effective. Fortunately, LLS Health offers a better option. Since the material the tool is made of can have a big impact on its lifespan, our engineers recommend the best material to optimize each tool’s performance and endurance.
LLS Health thinks about finishings at the start of a project. Tools can be forged to create unique finishes that help differentiate your product’s performance or appearance. It’s a more efficient and cost-effective process than applying these finishes after the components are made.
In addition to injection molding tools and pin-and-die sets, LLS Health’s extensive in-house engineering experience enables the proprietary development of unique fixtures to support your cutting, curing, bonding and punching needs. Our capabilities provide you with cost-effective assembly solutions in the same facility where your products are being manufactured.
Every one of LLS Health’s tools undergoes rigorous validation procedures to verify that it meets the specifications of the job. Learn more about our validation procedures.
LLS Health utilizes a collaborative process to produce the critical tool dies used in your medical device manufacturing:
- Customer specs and preliminary drawings are reviewed.
- LLS Health recommends optimal materials, shapes and specs.
- One of LLS Health’s trusted toolmakers creates a drawing.
- LLS Health engineers review the drawing.
- The steel cut of the tool is made and is ready for production.