EXPERTISE

All DTI tools are managed by our North American engineering team based in our Livonia Headquarters. Our engineers, each with over 20 years experience, work directly with our customers and Build Teams to ensure every tool is designed and built to the highest standards.

DTI has developed a reputation for successfully delivering complex tooling at globally competitive prices. See the list below for examples of DTI’s capabilities. Or Contact Us to speak directly with an engineer about your needs.

High Strength

Our team has built progressive, tandem and transfer dies in high-strength steel applications. We use our vast experience to reduce the tool re-cuts that occur from the unpredictability of steel’s characteristics.

We have excelled with the evolution of high-strength materials, from our first HSLA programs 10+ years ago to the current material applications with DP 980 specification. We continue to gain experience in the build phase as well as developing our advanced engineering expertise with the use of FEA technology.

Class A

In 2006, we built our first Class A tools. We continue to build hoods, tailgates, roofs and other panels for the Tier 1 market. To excel in this market, we have assembled a team of top, in-house experts who have built and managed Class A tools over their entire careers.

Only a small percentage of tool shops are qualified and approved to build Class A tools. We have done so for 10+ years for low- and medium-volume programs, and we will begin to build directly for OEMs in the near future.

Aluminum Trog Dies

The 30+ trog dies built by DTI have saved our customer more than $15 million in material scrap.

The term “Trog Die” is used to describe a process that uses a progressive die-feeding process, which separates the parts and transitions into a transfer tool. The Trog then utilizes the blank nesting characteristics of a progressive die with the forming capabilities of a transfer process.

See DTI Trog die in action.

The cost-saving opportunities are tremendous using a Trog die with high-volume programs that use expensive raw material, such as aluminum. These dies can be the most highly engineered dies as “smart” idle stations are often needed to bring the part blank into the transfer section of the tool. These smart idle stations must either shift, rotate or flip the blank in order properly complete the process.

Seating Applications

Many tool shops have steered clear of the seating market. That’s because seat assembly stamping components are some of the most difficult stamped products in the industry due to tight tolerances, material selection and product geometry.

We have built 400+ sets of seating tools for the largest Tier 1 seat integrators in the world for more than 12 years. We have the know-how to utilize proper tooling techniques, especially in progressive dies, to hold the tight tolerance requirements in the laser-welded seat-assembly process.

Blank Dies

Due to the increased use of laser-welded blanks, we pursued this market and built 50 sets of precision blank dies in the last 12 months. We have developed proper trim steel techniques to meet our customers’ trim tolerance requirements and effective power exit systems. Our customers include ArcelorMittal and General Motors.

Large Progressive Dies

We have built 25 large progressive dies in the last five years that range in size from 180″ to 230″, left to right. Our large press bed capability spans to 240″ with 72″ coil-feeding systems, so we are able not only to build them but also try them out in a production environment.

Molds

DTI offers complete mold engineering and manufacturing services. From conceptual part design to product realization DTI emphasizes higher cavitation and long-life tooling. Areas of expertise include: Class A, High Tolerance, Two Shot, Functional, and Insert Molded Components.