It’s quite interesting how construction companies manufacture their tools. There are many tools that are used in general construction such as cordless drill/driver, Circular Saw, Framing and Finish Hammer, Hand Saw, Chisel, Clamps, Extension, Construction Fasteners and Step Ladders, etc.
When walking through your local tool retailer, do you ever stop to think about how these tools are assembled? We spoke with tool supplier and manufacturer Construction Fasteners and Tools Limited, to gain insight into today’s tool production process.
At the onset of the tool making process, the tool maker must understand the intention of the device. Manual drawing initially detailed tool design, however, computer aided design has made tool development state of the art. It’s an important distinction to recognize that tools are developed to produce other tools. Tools manufactured are not necessarily for final use by workers, they may be used to create other tools and machinery.
After the tool designer crafts the plan, the process is moved into pre-production. Cutting tools and special machinery are involved in the production. The tool maker may need to perform certain delicate jobs like cutting, grinding, molding etc. by hand. The maker may have to recreate the device as he/she is working from component drawings.
The master will introduce tooling into the equation if mass production requires a large number of identical components. Cutting edges are tested, and the strength and vibration of the equipment are placed through rigorous safety control requirements.
Tool construction companies how found investing in water cutting machinery to be immensely helpful in speeding up production. A water jet cutter is precise, and it can cut through steel with accuracy and ease. The water machine is kept cool, and that keeps the machines from overheating and ruining the products.
It’s fascinating to see how far tool design has come in the last 100 years. Imagine the first tools crafted by indigenous tribes. These tools were crafted from stone; a process called Flint Knapping. Moving into the industrial revolution where steel created tools that increased productivity and changed the landscape of America, Britain and Canada.
Tool manufacturing is a combination of art and science. A dance between engineering and mathematics. Companies such as Construction Fasteners and Tools Limited understand that tool innovation pushes industries to grow and thrive. It’s also important that manufacturers continue to listen to the needs of the construction worker to develop tools that will increase production and reduce injury. It’s exciting to see where tool manufacturing is heading.