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Bruce Wold
By Bruce Wold
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 10:24

As the final post in our tooling classification series, today we will be discussing class 101 tools.

This last tooling classification offers the highest quality compared to its counterparts. When project production volume begins to exceed one million parts, it is a good time to choose a class 101 tool. Stainless steel inserts are used along with water resistant corrosion lines to extend the tool life. While this tool costs more than other classifications, it provides a longer life and is the best choice for the duration of large projects.

Through this blog series we have hoped to explain the different aspects of each of the four tooling classifications. At Elite Plastics, class 102 is the most commonly used, but each class has its own benefits and challenges.

Read our other blogs in the classification series:

Tooling classification overview: 104 (part 1 of 4)

Tooling classification overview: 103 (part 2 of 4)

Tooling classification overview: 102 (part 3 of 4)

By Bruce Wold
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 09:30

Earlier this month, we introduced a blog series discussing the various types of tool classifications used in plastic manufacturing. Today, we are back to discuss the next tooling classification: class 103.

Classification 103 tooling is typically made with P20 steel and is commonly used for low volume programs, such as a few thousand parts a year. Class 103 tools also have a low tolerance meaning that these aren’t suggested for parts with tight tolerances. While some tools are heat treated for wear resistance, class 103 tools are not, so the warranty ranges between 250,000 and 500,000 cycles.  

Read our other blogs in the classification series:

Tooling classification overview: 104 (part 1 of 4)

Tooling classification overview: 102 (part 3 of 4)

Tooling classification overview: 101 (part 4 of 4)