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“As production requirements increase, transitioning to a more efficient type of tooling can save some OEMs tens of thousands of dollars a year,” according to DureX Inc. president Bob Denholtz.

Tooling Up Effectively Once the OEM Calls

Tooling represents a significant decision for machine shops and fabricators seeking to optimize cost-per-part and turnaround time — and that decision can be optimized

OEMs that outsource metal parts production to contract manufacturers frequently must guess at the immediate production requirements for new products, so initial forecasts are often conservative. Or else, the complete opposite situation happens, and the forecasts are unrealistically high.

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