Date of Award

Spring 2010

Access Restriction

Campus Access only Research Projects

Degree Name

Master of Science


Systems Engineering

School or College

Seaver College of Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Arnold Galloway


Tooling is defined as the work performed by a tool. In the context of industrial production tooling takes many forms from a simple drill bar to highly complex assembly jigs. In all cases the tooling exists to assist in the accurate and precise performance of work on engineering products. The engineering product therefore defines and constrains the form and function of the associated tooling. The process of defining, fabricating, and verifying tooling is often subject to individual, business, or government perspectives and processes. Relying on individual experience and inadequate processes often results in frequent rework, product design interface issues, and a lack of historical perspective and traceability on the tooling design. The Systems Engineering process, which is already valued as a necessary component of complex system definition, will be beneficial when adapted and applied to the process of defining, fabricating, and verifying tooling. The methodical processes and tools associated with Systems Engineering will embed the tooling process in the product requirement and design process and encourage increased interaction and concurrent engineering practices. A tooling process, based on System Engineering principles combined with best industry practices, that is ingrained in the product life cycle and which thoroughly documents associated technical and producibility requirements will reduce the issues currently prevalent in complex tooling realization.

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