ETW - based in Wisconsin - is a manufacturer of standard and custom tooling and we use a large variety of tools in our machining areas. 

To ensure effective usage of tooling at ETW:

  • Each tool assembly is replicated in our CAD/CAM application with user-defined templates to ensure proper part simulation;
  • Programmers can easily program parts and select a tool from the CAM library with a simple click without having to create the tool each time it is needed;
  • Standard tools used whenever possible as they often remain loaded in the machines to reduce setup time;
  • Non-standard tools used only when unavoidable, thus eliminating unnecessary tool setups.

To further more efficient tooling and accurately track usage, ETW has developed its own software - Total Tool Management (TTM) - that manages tools for all our machines and jobs.

Some of the benefits of TTM:

  • A streamlined, automated method for managing our extensive tool library;
  • Every assembly and component is stored in a central database with the option to search for any single component or assembly for quick and easy reference;
  • Helps to keep track of the inventory of all tools, holders, collets, and other hardware;
  • Each tool assembly is fully described in TTM, from the type of holder, tool and its entire list of components, including any inserts;
  • All of our tooling and inserts are kept in two Hänel vertical storage units and can be easily accessed by the machine operators using TTM while the inventory and its usage is tracked simultaneously;
  • Most of our machines have at least 120 tool pockets. These pockets are generally filled with both standard and non-standard tooling. Using TTM, an operator can:
    • Select a group of jobs to work on and see what tools are required and list currently loaded tools that may be removed to make room if necessary;
    • Track tool life and replace old tools with new.

For your next custom tooling project, contact us for a quote.