Frey & Winkler operate on a "one face to the customer" principle, meaning clients receive professional, proactive and reliable advice from highly knowledgeable employees with exceptional technical expertise. Our experts' well-honed technical advice means our customers can expect the highest degree of flexibility, commitment and efficiency throughout the entire process, from initial development right through to series production.
Do you have a vision or concept for a new product? Call on our help sooner rather than later and your idea can become a production-ready reality. You will benefit from our in-depth knowledge, our extensive experience and a consistent and comprehensive project management approach. To ensure clear communication, you are appointed a dedicated project manager from start to finish of your project. Your contact person is on hand to discuss all technical and organisational matters – from the initial tool development through to mould construction, overmoulding, CNC milling all the way to delivery of serial production. We provide professional advice on project management, choosing the right thermoplastics, materials and material combinations, defining Shore hardnesses, coatings, tempering processes, tool systems, economical production techniques and cleanroom production.
At the concept stage, we use 3D design techniques to test whether our concepts can be replicated in a tool, and we achieve innovative results by pooling together all our knowledge of development, tool construction and production. If necessary, this will involve prototypes or small trial series using STL models and aluminium tools. This gives us valuable insights into subsequent series production. Our design department consists of five modern CAD workstations – this is where product designs and the corresponding injection moulding tool designs take shape. A further three CAM workstations are available to convert the CAD files into programmes for the tool machines.
Software packages used: CIMATRON (3D) and DaVeg (2D). Our designers have many years' professional experience and are in constant communication with the production and injection moulding tool construction teams. This ensures that the technical feasibility is carefully considered at every stage of the product design phase. For complex designs, we use in-house CAD-supported mould-flow analyses to identify potential problem areas and make adjustments where necessary.
From the idea to the finished injection-moulded part. Right from the initial development phase of a project, our team is working hard creating a production-ready design for your component, selecting the optimum material and developing the perfect tool design for your component. A uniform CAD-CAM system gives our designers and programmers the ideal platform for designing and constructing your tool. From day one, you have a contact partner who will see your project through from concept stage right through to series delivery.
Highly motivated employees and our ultra-modern CNC tool machines guarantee extreme precision and short lead times. Production techniques used:
From the moment the silicones are processed, the tool mould making process is subject to the highest precision standards. This is why all our electrodes and tool components in our measuring centre are measured on a Zeiss Micura and all results are documented.
The high benchmarks we set ourselves in the construction of our injection-moulded tools are also replicated in production. We leave nothing to chance! That's why we use only the very best production facilities and equipment. Each and every year we make new investments to maintain this high level of injection moulding and to keep on top of new challenges. Our specialist skill lies in precision injection moulding. Whether it's liquid silicone (LSR), thermoplastic materials or a combination of both – we always apply an ever-growing wealth of experience amassed over several decades. But that's not all we do: Personalising products with pad and/or foil printing, ultrasonic welding, assembly work, sterile packaging, tempering, coating processes and much more besides. Simply ask us.
Quality is engrained in our employees' psyche. It is their exacting standards for our tools and our manufacturing processes that underpin our top quality products. Our quality management team is involved in our processes from the very beginning, and supports our professional team in their unwavering endeavours for further improvements. Our processes have been certified to DIN ISO 9001 standard since 2015. As of the end of April 2017, Frey & Winkler is also certified to the medical product standard DIN ISO 13485, verifying its fulfilment of the highest requirements in quality, cleanliness and safety. This ultimately qualifies us as first class manufacturers of precision components for the medical product industry.