Specialized tooling and jig production

Efficient tools and jigs that are easy to work

Tooling is often heavy and cumbersome, resulting in fatigue and greater risks of injury that can lead to expensive claims and higher employee absenteeism. These problems can be solved by calling on our expertise. Our tooling and jigs help improve quality, increase production volumes, and diminish human error.

We can manufacture a variety of products:

  • Inspection jigs
  • Production jigs
  • Finishing and masking tools
  • Ergonomic tools for operators
  • Forming tools (composites, thermoforming, single die sheet hydroforming, etc.)
réalisation d'un gabarit d'inspection pour le client plastech

Integrating parts created via 3D printing offers production operators, specialists and technicians an advantageous alternative to traditional tooling.

Improve your production quality and efficiency

1. Make sure your equipment is ergonomic

Our specialized tooling and jigs are designed to take advantage of 3D printing and boost work method efficiency, thanks to:

  • Greater comfort for the operator;
  • Lighter weight and easier handling;
  • Decreases in occupational illness and work accidents;
  • Lower cycle durations.

Enjoy the advantages of 3D printing:

  • The technology allows greater design freedom;
  • Our production processes significantly cut down on the need for tooling, thanks to the use of effective thermoplastics;
    For example, we have produced 30 lb (plastic) versus 150 lb (traditional metal) tooling;
  • The design is optimized based on the operator’s needs rather than the manufacturing process.

2. Save time and money

Integrating our specialized tooling into your production processes can significantly shorten your timeframes.

  • Hybrid tooling* speeds up the design process;
  • Standard industry deadlines for delivery can be cut in half;
  • Production workflows can be maintained thanks to high production speed;
  • Our specialized tooling design techniques facilitate maintenance and repairs.

*Combination of 3D printing and traditional building.

Lower your costs by integrating 3D-printed parts:

  • Avoid the programming fees required for complex shapes;
  • Take advantage of higher production speeds: 2 to 8 weeks (hybrid tooling) versus 12 to 20 weeks (100% traditional tooling);
  • Add protection to avoid breakdowns and failures in hybrid tooling.

3. Guarantee your project’s success

Hybrid tooling and jigs generate immediate advantages that are reflected by improved productivity, efficiency and quality.

Count on Solaxis and its expertise:

    • We use an anti-error (poka-yoke) system to achieve “zero defect.” This means quality controls required to detect production defects can ultimately be eliminated;
    • Enjoy a final turnkey product thanks to:
      • In-depth needs analysis
      • GD&T expertise
      • Project management to guarantee that all goes according to plan
      • On-site finishing and assembly
      • A certificate of dimensional compliance
  • Iterations can be performed swiftly and without constraints, given that a single section of the tooling or jig can be printed again.

The Solaxis difference

Expertise

  • Designing for ergonomics and productivity
  • Optimization via 3D printing
  • GD&T
  • PLC programming
  • Pneumatic logic circuits (loop, and, or, etc.)
  • Electronics
  • Certified ISO 9001 and AS9100C
Compare our materials
  • Self-lubricating thermoplastics to minimize wear
  • Impact resistance
  • Hybrid assemblies: possibility of combining thermoplastics, aluminum and metals

Modern facilities

  • A variety of cutting-edge manufacturing equipment
  • Reliability guaranteed by our auxiliary equipment:
    • Paint room for specialized finishes
    • Industrial generator and UPS backup, as well as high-performance servers
    • ERP system and EPDM vault

Examples of projects

Réalisation d'un outillage pour le client plastech

Customer
Plastech Inc., a manufacturer of sealing devices for the automotive industry.

Project brief

  • The company had to provide its customer, a vehicle manufacturer, with comprehensive sealing devices with all components assembled.
  • The manufacturer accepted only one defective part per batch. Even a single case of non-compliance could be disastrous, given the costs involved in re-inspecting the batch.

Goal
As a result, our customer asked us to produce an assembly jig that would allow operators to ensure the compliance of the assemblies to be delivered.

Results

  • We designed, produced, assembled and programmed an assembly jig equipped with optical fibres to detect the presence of components to add.
  • Our customer’s quality objective was achieved.
  • The tooling was designed more ergonomically, allowing our customer to speed up assembly by 15% as well as boost production volumes.
  • The jig was made 80% lighter than a comparable aluminum jig. The tooling can now be safely lifted by an operator.
  • This weight reduction also enabled our customer to implement new storage solutions that have freed up floor space.
  • Given that plastic is hotter than aluminum, the operators prefer to work using this type of jig.
Réalisation d'un outillage pour le client Exo-S

Customer
Exo-S, a supplier of thermoplastic parts for the automotive market.

Project brief
Produce a Go/NoGo to regularly check part compliance.

Goals

  • The tool had to be moved several times a day for validation purposes. As a result, the customer asked us to produce lightweight tooling that would facilitate safe movements for the operator.
  • The project had to be completed within short timeframes.

Results

  • Plastic was used in all less critical regions, making for a more lightweight part. As a result, we were able to deliver a Go/NoGo weighing under 10 lbs, metal components included.
  • Metal components were used in certain places to achieve greater precision.
  • The tool met the customer’s expectations and properly validates part compliance.
  • After more than a year, the tool is still functional and in use.

Return on investment
By diminishing costs associated with non-quality, health and safety prevention and floor space, while boosting productivity thanks to improved ergonomics, we generally deliver a ROI within 6 to 18 months.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you design tooling?

Yes, we offer a turnkey service that includes needs analysis, tooling design and production, purchasing and integration of required components, and PLC programming (if necessary for your application).

Are plastic jigs resilient?

Naturally, it is always important to pick the most appropriate application according to your needs. Metal components can always be added if we see that wear can lead to potential problems. This provides you with a resilient tool, while also delivering the advantages of 3D printing.