Assembly Tooling & Fixturing
What should I look for in an Assembly Tooling & Fixturing provider?
When sourcing Assembly Tooling, the first thing to review is past projects the tooling provider has completed. Stryver has been building assembly fixtures, including aerospace assembly tooling, for over 25 years. Our company has completed a diverse portfolio of assembly tooling projects for industries including aerospace (assembly & testing equipment), automotive, consumer goods, defense/military, and medical device manufacturing.
After reviewing past work, the next aspect to confirm is tooling durability for your project. For larger part holding applications, especially for aerospace assembly tooling where the parts to be fixtured can weigh thousands of pounds, the tooling needs to be robust enough to withstand this type of wear. Large, stress-relieved fabrications are often needed to hold the parts rigidly in place. For smaller applications, steel tooling plates or even aluminum plates may be sufficient to handle the process wear. Increased strength of materials will result in increased cost but using low-cost assembly fixturing can cause future issues with the assembly process.
Your assembly tooling provider should also create a fixturing strategy for your process. This may require subassembly fixtures be used in conjunction with a final assembly fixture. The tooling provider should do whatever they can to minimize the amount of processing required to assemble your part, as well as minimize operator stress & strain. The fixture should also make accommodations for any hand tools that are required to be used for the process.
Tooling adjustability also needs to be considered by your assembly tooling provider. A rigid fixture with no adjustability built in will work poorly for assembly tooling processes because minor dimensional discrepancies within the tolerance callouts on the print cannot be accommodated. Adjustability should be built into every axis of every constraint to ensure proper part fit-up in the tooling. Stryver can work with you to determine which areas need adjustability, and how much adjustability, to properly tool the assembly in the assembly jig.
See below for examples of our past projects & work.