Dies are everyday objects for the modern production line, used as specialised tools in forming metal. With the process to forge new dies both energy intensive and expensive, any increase in the lifespan of a die reduces environmental impact and saves a company money. In collaboration with six other companies, the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), created a low-cost remanufacturing solution for the tool and die sector, successfully increasing the lifespan of a die by 120%.
The two-year DigiTool project is helping UK manufacturers of all sizes and across various industries to embrace the circular economy, boost sustainability and realise significant financial savings by offsetting the purchase of new dies. A small change is having a big impact.