For the most part, I ran generic tooling that, I believed, would do the job for the least amount of cost. But now most people rely on tooling suppliers/representatives to keep up to date with innovative changes in tooling. In addition, a lot of shops buy tools based solely on what is needed for a particular job, and nothing more. Here’s some advice I got from other shops.
Don’t be afraid to investigate and even purchase premium quality tooling if it will improve production or help with a tough job, but if a job comes in that isn’t going to repeat, why waste the money.
Make sure you do a bit of research to educate yourself before talking to tooling representatives. So when they do visit your shop, you’ll be able to separate the ones that know what they are talking about from those that don’t.
Take note of what works and what’s not competitive. And ask your machinists to let you know what works wel