Engineering & In-House Tooling

Engineering & In-House ToolingENA Advanced Rubber Technologies maintains full-service In-House Tooling and Engineering operations at all 5 manufacturing facilities throughout Vietnam, China and Taiwan. We strongly believe the quality of parts produced at our factories are a direct reflection of the tools we produce and maintain, therefore, we have made significant investment in tooling engineers and equipment over the last 30 years. We have an industry reputation for having very low cost tooling, especially on highly complex parts. On higher volume standard parts (such as o-rings and simple gaskets), we sometimes offer "no cost" tooling. There are 3 primary advantages of ENA's in-house Tooling operations/capabilities:

  • Very quick lead time on initial First Article (FA) parts and initial production runs
  • Increase level of quality control of parts (on-going internal tool maintenance)
  • No outsourcing of tools, ultimately creating cost savings to the customer

Our specialized tooling engineers are much more than typical CNC, EDM and grinding machine operators. They are highly trained tool specialists and certified engineers, cross-trained in every aspect of not only tool making, but also in the physical properties of rubber formulations and metallurgies. Our engineers are compensated higher than typical LCR (low cost region) tooling engineers. Therefore, we attract and maintain the very best, most qualified tool designers in the industry.

Similar to our raw rubber, ENA uses only imported (non-China) high grade steel for all tooling. In addition to using top grade steel, we implement regular tool maintenance programs in compliance with our ISO and TS certifications to ensure close tolerance, high quality parts for our customers. Dedicated Quality Control engineers with expertise in tooling are permanently stationed in our tool departments at all times to oversee tool quality, tool life cycles, and maintenance programs.

ENA continually invests in the most modern machinery and equipment to produce the highest quality tools possible. Following is a list of typical equipment in our Tooling Centers and photos of our tooling operations:

  • State-of-the-Art CNC Machining Centers
  • Surface Grinding Machines
  • Planer Type Milling Machines
  • Lathes
  • Radial Drill Machines
  • Grinding Wheel Machines
  • Universal Sharpeners
  • Linear Cutting Machines
  • Electric Discharge Machines
  • Tool Presetters
  • Digital Measuring Projectors

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Tooling CenterNewly purchased CNC machining centers.
Tooling ProgramTooling engineers program CNC machine for new tool.
Tooling QCQuality control techs work full-time in ENA's tooling centers performing routine maintenance on existing tools and checking newly produced tools for tolerances.

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Tool ManufacturingAll four ENA manufacturing facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art tool rooms with multiple machining centers. ENA employees over 70 degreed tooling engineers, and a greater number of highly trained tool room support staff.
Tool StockENA maintains thousands of tools for customers at each factory.
Tooling InspectAll tools are inspected and cross-checked by team members in the tool rooms before being transferred to the manufacturing floor for part production.
Tooling CutENA has a core competency in complex, hard-to-produce tooling. We can reverse engineer a customer's part very easily and produce a tool, and ultimately parts.

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