TQM Europe also offers the entire process chain of forming-tool manufacture as individual services.
Our experience in sheet metal forming, amassed over the decades, is brought to bear on all the processes from engineering to tool manufacture and all the way down to small-quantity parts production. True to our philosophy of 'practising what practice has taught us', our engineering staff are all toolmakers. That way, we ensure that the forming process is completed in just a few operations, that the degree of material utilization is very high, and that there are no production-related changes during tool manufacture.
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Die face design
Tool manufacture right up to the first component sample
Tool tryout and installation
Tool repair and servicing
Measurement and testing technology
Our experience in project management, gained over decades, helps to ensure that projects run smoothly and that projects all over the world are handled professionally, efficiently and with a view to finding the best solution.
TQM Europe covers the entire engineering process. We always keep abreast of the most recent materials developments and the forming technology challenges posed by the style of the automobile designers. We offer not only the process chain as a whole, but also individual engineering sub-processes as separate services. Our work begins with advising the automobile designers on the practicability of implementing the design in a car body sheet. We conduct feasibility studies and develop proposals to guarantee the implementation of the design. With the forming simulation, the forming process and thus also the method plan are duly finalized. Going on from there, the tool and the die face are designed.
Parallel to car body development, and working closely together with the component developers, our method planners and simulation specialists develop the component, analyze its productional feasibility in terms of geometry, material and manufacturing process, and draw up proposals for a component design that will allow manufacture to be as smooth and efficient as possible. Thanks to the parallelization of the individual processes of development and production planning, component maturity is achieved at an earlier point in time.
To ensure the practicability of our customers' car body design, we work out solutions that are efficient in terms of forming and materials.
With a detailed analysis of component geometry and the way the manufacturing process will develop, our employees determine the limits of producibility and develop measures to ensure the required formability.
In method planning, we lay down the contents of the individual operations and the operation sequences. We develop the manufacturing process in detail. Our aim is to minimize the number of operations and thus make a contribution to saving costs and increasing profitability.
By means of simulation technology, the sub-processes and operations thus developed are tested. That way, we finalize the manufacture of the tools in advance.
The design of the die faces is an integral part of our contribution, and we also offer it to other companies as a subtask.
TQM Europe designs all kinds of tools for sheet metal forming. These include progressive tools, transfer tools and tools for press lines.
With its machine fleet, TQM Europe caters to all the machining requirements of precision toolmaking. The specific interplay of suitable machine tools and the combination of milling strategy and milling technology ensure the highest dimensional and surface quality. In that way, we do full justice to the aspiration of implementing the style of the automobile designers with precision tools.
Depending on our customers' requirements, we offer any of a number of different parts of the toolmaking process chain, right the way up to the first stroke. The process may begin at one of a number of different points, for example the engineering of the tool, or the provision of the casting by the customer.
Apart from engineering, tool tryout and installation are among the principal substeps in toolmaking. The craftsmanship and experience of our tooling specialists in the forming of sheets are the decisive factors in our ability to perform.
Higher process reliability, dimensional accuracy and the highest surface quality are the targets in tool optimization. In our tryout center, we optimize tools of all kinds under realistic series production conditions. Attention to detail and an untiring commitment to precision form part of our tooling specialists' understanding of their role.
Even the very best tools are subject to wear and tear, and deployment in series production does leave signs of usage. Our toolmakers service and repair tools and make them look new again.
Our specialists have many years of experience in all aspects of measuring and testing technology. We measure tools and components in various different phases of the process and also offer these options as services on our premises.
The production of car body parts in small quantities, e.g. for prototypes, or small batches of so-called niche and luxury vehicles, rounds off the range of our services.