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AarKel Tool and Die

The tool making company, which became a subsidiary of Revstone Tool Industries in 2009, has three separate business streams – die cast tooling, plastic injection tooling, and aluminum production / prototype tooling. The team also provides program management services. AarKel has an impressive roster of customers from around the world, including North America, Europe, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. A clear focus on quality and on creating long term relationships with these customers has helped the company maintain its place in the industry for the last three and a half decades.

Die Cast Tooling

Die casting is a process through which engineered metal parts are created. Molten metal under high pressure is forced into reusable steel moulds known as dies. The dies are designed to create a variety of complicated shapes accurately and repeatedly, explains the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA). Die casting offers great versatility – parts may be smooth, textured, or sharply defined with a range of different finishes. Indeed, The NADCA reports that die castings are “among the highest volume, mass-produced items manufactured by the metalworking industry, and they can be found in thousands of consumer, commercial and industrial products.” Common examples include everything from toy components to automotive components. The parts produced may be as intricate as a connector housing or as simple as a basic faucet.

AarKel Tool and Die designs and manufactures die cast dies for the aluminum and magnesium foundry industry. The company’s dies produce a full range of products, including clutch housings, transfer cases, transmission cases, steering houses, differential carriers and cross car IP beams. AarKel makes it a point to hire staff with solid industry experience in order to provide customers with the highest quality results. Engineering and design staff members have worked in the field from eight to 31 years, one program manager has over 26 years’ experience in die cast die development and processing, and AarKel’s senior program manager has worked in the industry for more than 40 years.

The experts at AarKel utilize MagmaSoft CAE software to ensure the most efficient results. The team also provides Full Draft and Tooling Feasibility Studies. By offering valuable input early in the program, the company can develop the most appropriate moulding methods from day one – and identify potential problems before they occur – saving the client time and money in the long run.

Prototype / Rapid Tooling

AarKel Tool and Die is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of low volume production moulds and high quality prototype moulds. The sky’s the limit on mould designs – “If you can dream it, we can create it,” the company website says.

The first step in any prototype / rapid tooling project is to utilize the AarKel Software Automation Project. This leading edge, proprietary software is a one million dollar investment enabling the team to easily slash design costs and shorten lead times. Automated mould design “utilizes knowledge based engineering that wraps around your part design” to create a plan in as little as two to 48 hours, depending on complexity. The company’s specific tool making techniques and technical solutions are able to deliver virtually any prototype – and to deliver it at the expected price. Additionally, the company employs prototype toolmakers “who do not crossover,” ensuring that the team member in charge holds the appropriate experience and skill set for that particular project. And, because of its comprehensive business model, AarKel can offer customers a one stop shop – from prototype straight through to production.

Plastic Injection Tooling

Plastic injection moulding is a common manufacturing process used to produce plastic components from thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic materials. During this process, the plastic materials are put into a heated container, mixed, and pushed into a mould cavity, where they will cool and harden in the shape of the mould. Common examples of created products of this type range from bottle caps to car parts.

Injection tooling – the metal moulds and fixtures used during this process – can be quite complicated to manufacture and require a high level of skill to produce. There are a host of considerations, from the number of parts needing to be produced, to the parts’ material thickness. Not surprisingly, having over three decades of experience in this demanding industry gives AarKel a competitive advantage. The team is committed to using its skills and experience to produce high quality product, as well as to reduce overall costs.

The team’s particular area of specialization is in interior, exterior and black functional parts. The company builds tooling ranging from 50 tons to a whopping 5,000 tons and can accommodate both large and small orders. AarKel also offers fully managed tooling operations via a select list of approved global suppliers. Utilizing a large network of suppliers enables the company to provide customers with an expansive range of solutions from which to choose, with tooling packages involving as little as one component to as many as 120.

Complete Project Management

AarKel also offers a complete project management solution. The team will oversee a project from feasibility all the way through program launch – and beyond. Project managers work closely with customers and the design team to meet production and budgetary requirements and to offer the most effective guidance. And, it can all be done through a single point of contact, keeping the entire process as simple as possible for the client. Program managers can even provide clients with a steady flow of real time information through a specially designed Web Portal, keeping them constantly up to date.

Throughout the entire process, the customer always comes first. Indeed, customer satisfaction is at the heart of every AarKel program. Long term relationships are highly valued and new ones are warmly welcomed. The team believes that this strong focus on building relationships has been one of the key factors in the company’s long term success.

Indeed, the business is committed to “not just meeting your expectations, but exceeding them,” the company website reports. With an attitude like this, one can expect that AarKel will continue to lead the industry for at least another three decades.

August 19, 2017, 2:34 PM EDT

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