Tool designer working at Wrexham Industrial Estate factory

Services

Tool Design & Manufacture

Design & Product evaluation

CAD software for tool design

At Associated we understand the importance of the initial design of each tool in order to optimize not only the cycle time but to reduce the time of any on-going servicing throughout the life of the tool.

To this end our designers will ensure the maximum amount of cooling is designed into the tool from the outset. This combined with our moveable face plates which allows access to nozzle tips whilst the tool is still in the press all make for a fast cycling and reduced downtime resulting in lower manufacturing cost.

We work with some of the industry’s leading suppliers of hot runner systems and material suppliers in order to ensure you receive the highest quality tools available.

Our Tool-making Facility located in Wrexham is the key to our UK business.

With an impressive array of equipment, infers precision and ensures cost effective manufacturing enabling High Accuracy, High Quality and Efficiency.

The Facility comprises:

  • High Speed Machining
  • 3 Axis Machining Centers
  • Automated Electrode Production
  • EDM Section both Wire and Sink
  • Grinding & Polishing

ISBM & IBM Tooling

Following the recent acquisition by Big 3 America Associated can now offer a full package of services directed at the ISBM (Injection Stretch Blow Moulding) and IBM (Injection blow moulding) tooling sector.

ISBM Tooling

Injection stretch blow moulding tools

Our ISBM blow mold tooling division is a global precision blow mold design, manufacturing and validation / sampling company. We manufacture for all the industry leading machine manufacturers including Nissei, Aoki, Automa, Sipa and Magic machines. We offer unit mold development as well as production development programs that are tailored to each customers’ needs.

From product concept through tool engineering, our complete design and evaluation services ensure our customers’ satisfaction. Attention to every detail is enhanced by integrating our state-of-the-art capability, providing our customers with the highest quality engineering standards. BIG 3 is dedicated to delivering tooling with a minimum lead time without sacrificing design or quality. We supply the highest quality of tool steels, precision machined, ensuring a precise interface between components resulting in a tool capable of maximum performance and longevity.

Highest quality materials used in the tool construction:

  • Complete tool sets
  • Synventive manifold systems
  • Partial tool sets
  • Unit tool sets
  • Replacement components
  • Complex bottle shapes and non-conventional parting lines
  • Ovalized preform technology for oval bottles
  • Preferential heat post systems

IBM Tooling

IBM blow mold tooling products

Our IBM blow mold tooling division is a global precision blow mold design, manufacturing and validation / sampling company. We manufacture for all the industry leading machine manufacturers including Uniloy, Jomar, and PetALL machines. We offer unit mold development as well as production development programs that are tailored to each customers’ needs.

From product concept through tool engineering, our complete design and evaluation services ensure our customers satisfaction. Attention to every detail is enhanced by integrating our state-of-the-art capability, providing our customers with the highest quality engineering standards. BIG 3 is dedicated to delivering tooling with a minimum lead time without sacrificing design or quality. We supply the highest quality of tool steels, precision machined, ensuring a precise interface between components resulting in a tool capable of maximum performance and longevity.

Highest quality materials used in the tool construction:

  • Precise tooling built through advanced manufacturing processes
  • Complete tool sets
  • Partial tool sets
  • Unit tool sets
  • Replacement components
  • Complex bottle shapes
  • PET mold sets

Spares and repairs

At Associated we understand the urgency to get your tools back into production following any breakdown or damage that may occur during production.

We offer a quick turnaround service for repairs including, Laser Welding, replacement parts, reverse engineered components.

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