Quality Tool Service, Inc. specializes in designing and building custom weld fixtures and tooling for manufacturing and serves a wide variety of industries. While designing and building welding fixtures is the pinnacle of what we do, we also offer our design and build services for economy fixtures, inspection fixtures, machining fixtures, robotic EoAT, special machines, and more.
We realize there are plenty of “machine shops” out there that can make parts, but with the demands of high tech manufacturing today, your tooling suppliers need to bring more to the table than the ability to machine metal. You need a team of experts in the field with systems to manage projects from concept to install.
We consider ourselves a value-add supplier, meaning we don’t just provide widgets at a particular cost; what we bring to the table is more than just the tooling or fixture that is shipped. Therefore, our team works closely with our customers in order to provide a solution that makes sense. Whether it’s a discussion about clamping styles or defining the entire manufacturing process, our goal is to provide a full solution.
Designing and building welding fixtures is the pinnacle of what we do, contributing to over half our annual sales. Our business model is structured specifically to design and build weld fixtures, and includes a team of experts with skill sets ranging from project management to fixture design to manufacturing engineering.
We understand the amount of detail required to design and build a weld fixture package, and have spent countless hours refining our systems and processes in order to ensure success not only when the tooling is commissioned, but throughout the demands of production.
The majority of the time, a tooling budget is driven by one main factor: Estimated Annual Usage. With product life cycles getting shorter and tooling being amortized over less parts, the need for economical tooling has grown significantly. We specialize in this niche market, designing and building literally hundreds of economy fixtures every year.
We stock all the materials, clamps, components, and fasteners required in order to provide quick turnarounds. Our systems are specifically structured to accommodate the velocity required to design and build economy fixtures quickly and efficiently, allowing us to provide cost-effective solutions while still giving our customers a tool that will hold up to the demands of modern manufacturing.
Controlling your process is critical to manufacturing accurate parts and assemblies, and inspection fixtures and gauging can play a major role in assuring your parts are being manufactured accurately. It also provides a great solution to the constraints of having parts inspected off line, giving your machine operators the ability to ensure every part they are producing is accurate as they produce them, not after the fact when it’s too late.
From a simple functional gauge, to complex dimensional gauging and SPC, we not only understand the requirements of the tooling; we have the experience required to understand the intricacies and countless variables in the manufacturing process.
The team at Quality Tool Service has the in-depth knowledge and expertise required to address the need for installing your welding fixtures project into manual or robotic welding applications through the design and manufacture of custom backbones or picture frame fixture mounting and custom positioning equipment such as manual or automated trunnions.
Our team has the capabilities to commission these projects in house or on site. We provide PLC implementation, panel building, hydraulic and pneumatic assembly, full machining capabilities, and mechanical assembly all in-house, and we also have the ability to provide turn-key solutions to address specific manufacturing applications.
Having an in-depth understanding of machining is critical when designing and building machining fixtures. Part rigidity, locating accuracy, tool contact, chips loads, load times, machine cycles, and other variables play key roles in the design of the tooling.
Our team not only has experience with our internal machining capabilities, but our experience as designers and project managers for production manufacturers in the past, gives us great insight into the requirements of the tooling in the manufacturing process.
Considering the number of parties typically involved with these robotic EoAT; from the manufacturer to the integrator to the vendors supplying the peripheral equipment, having a tooling supplier that understands the scope of the projects and has the ability to communicate the necessary details is critical to a successful project.
Whether it’s machine tending, packaging, palletizing, assembly, part manipulation, or any other application where a robot is interfacing with a manufactured part, our team is experienced with the extreme level of detail and communication required to commission these types of projects.
In our machining department we practice what we preach: invest in state-of-the-art equipment, create efficient systems to control your process, implement new technologies, and invest in good tooling.
We feel strongly about these things, not only in providing welding fixtures and tooling to our customers, but internally as a manufacturer ourselves. Our team of managers, programmers, machinists, and tool makers work diligently at improving our own systems and processes and are constantly looking at ways to become more effective.