Tool Design


The RIA-JMTC Tool Design office generates fully dimensioned Tool Drawings for all of the RIA-JMTC factory’s varied processes and CNC production machinery. These machines range from small etching machines to large seven-axis machine tools, and include small chucker lathes to very complex turn/mill machines that can machine parts using milling as well as turning and has the capability to transfer the part from one spindle to another allowing them to create finish parts from rough stock in one operation. The Tool Design department has worked on projects such as the M119, M45, and M198 Howitzers, gages for the tool room, armor doors and gunner protection kits, as well as spare parts for guns that are still in service. They have also been called upon to create specialized tooling for critical parts for the government bridge and also lock and dams along the Mississippi River. Our Tool Designers use Unigraphics CAD/CAM system. This allows them to import the part models that the engineering department creates. Their designs are solid modeled, this tooling is then imported by the N/C Programmers to visualize the images in 3-D, and use them to generate the NC program. It also allows them to use a simulation package to verify that they have the correct tool paths without gouges, undercuts, or scrapping of parts. The designers also create fully dimensioned tool drawings for use by our tool room for in-house build of tooling, or for use by vendors for purchased tooling.

Tool Design

  • Manage and create Tool Drawings and solid models using Unigraphics CAD systems for the last 15 years, before CAD, create traditional board designs, over 20,000 tools during the last 50 plus years
  • Detailed Bill of Material
  • Use of AutoCad when needed

Support RIA-JMTC departments and customers

  • Fixtures for machining and welding
  • Dies of various types for the Fabrication/Sheet Metal department
  • Molds and Dies for the Rubber/Pliable Material department
  • Molds and Dies for the Forge and Investment Casting department
  • Lift Devises for use throughout the entire plant
  • Gages for use throughout the entire plant

Provide Troubleshoot and General Support

  • Create Operation Drawings
  • Revisions to tooling as parts are revised
  • Supply ideas, trouble shooting and support for machining, welding, and all sectors of the plant
  • Aid in the development of process for production and supply tooling estimates for future work

Customer Satisfaction, the Ultimate Goal

  • Quality, accurate tooling and production parts and assemblies
  • On Time Delivery of tooling and production parts and assemblies