From Concept to Integration

Specialty Tooling Systems offers a wide range of capabilities in specialty machinery, assembly solutions, and automation equipment. From MIG welding systems to automated assembly machines and rapid prototyping, STS has earned a reputation as a leading turnkey producer of industrial automation and specialty machinery. Our new 73,000 square-foot facility—located in Grand Rapids, Michigan—can accommodate projects ranging from complex multi-robot cells to single, one-off machines.

Since forming in 2000, STS has served a variety of customers in the automotive, furniture, food processing, aerospace, medical device, and other industries.

View our full scope of capabilities below.

Assembly Machines

Assembly solutions are our bread and butter at Specialty Tooling Systems. Our team has designed and fabricated customized specialty assembly centers for customers in the automotive, furniture, medical device, aerospace, and a variety of other industries.

Specialty Tooling Systems uses a proven system for designing, engineering, and building assembly equipment. It begins with a review of our customer’s product line, engineering documents, operations and floor plan and delivery requirements. Then, our specialists incorporate the latest lean manufacturing principles to design and fabricate the assembly solution best suited for a particular customer’s needs.

Specifically, we offer:

  • Assembly Turntables
  • Automation Assembly
  • Automated Welding Cells and Specialty Welding Equipment
  • Conveyor Systems
  • Heat Staking
  • Nut and Small Part Feeding
  • Pierce Nut Assembly
  • Product Testing
  • Production Machining Systems
  • Robotic Material Handling
  • On-site Support, Maintenance Programs and Troubleshooting
  • Bosch Assembly Line for High-Volume Assembly

In addition, our team is happy to work with your operation to enhance or retrofit existing automated assembly equipment, promote workflow and maximize lean manufacturing principles.

Our partnership with Tooling Systems Group (TSG) also allows us to offer turnkey solutions from concept to finished product. For our specialty assembly equipment customers, that translates into efficient and rapid communication between our assembly and die groups, resulting in smooth engineering changes and other adjustments throughout the build process.

Welding Systems

Our laser and welding systems represent a major component of our specialty machinery and assembly solutions. Specialty Tooling Systems welding capabilities include:

  • Automated Weld Cells
  • Resistance Spot Welding
  • Laser Welding / Cutting
  • MIG Welding
  • Plasma Welding
  • Resistance Welding
  • Stud Welding
  • TIG Welding
  • Training and Technical Support
  • 3D Laser Welding
  • Custom Fixture Design & Build Capability
  • Cut and Etch Capability

In addition, Specialty Tooling Systems also designs and fabricates standard welding cells, built to ship and designed to handle both low-volume and high-volume production. Unlike custom welding cells, these models allow for rapid changeovers to new programs.

VISION INSPECTION AND QUALITY AUDIT SYSTEMS

One bad part slipping into a production run can ruin an otherwise perfect system. At Specialty Tooling Systems, we understand that even the best automated solutions are not complete without high-grade vision inspection and quality audit components.

Specialty Tooling Systems offers a full range of mid-stream inspection and audit machines that we seamlessly integrate into our specialty machinery and automation technologies.

Specialty Tooling Systems is also accustomed to working inside the parameters of each customer’s standardized quality policy.

  • Assembly Turntables
  • Automation Assembly
  • Automated Welding Cells and Specialty Welding Equipment
  • Conveyor Systems
  • Heat Staking
  • Nut and Small Part Feeding
  • Pierce Nut Assembly
  • Product Testing
  • Production Machining Systems
  • Robotic Material Handling
  • On-site Support, Maintenance Programs and Troubleshooting
  • Bosch Assembly Line for High-Volume Assembly

Our vision inspection and quality equipment includes:

  • High-speed Palletized Testing
  • Manual Recliner Testers
  • Power Recliner Testers
  • Quality Diagnostic Equipment

CONTROL SYSTEMS AND INTERFACES

When stringent production quotas need to be met, a complicated user interface can make an easy task much more challenging. At Specialty Tooling Systems, we believe in keeping our control systems and user interfaces as intuitive as possible by utilizing the latest technology, including:

Collaborative Robotics

  • Fanuc
  • Nachi
  • Universal Robots

PLC Units

  • Allen Bradley
  • Omron
  • Siemens

In addition, our specialty machinery and industrial automation equipment comes standard with integrated display panels, and industry standard safety equipment including:

  • High-speed Palletized Testing
  • Manual Recliner Testers
  • Safety Fencing and Complete Enclosures
  • Safety Pads
  • Touch Buttons

AUTOMATION CELLS

As more industrial processes trend toward automation, Specialty Tooling Systems is committed to remaining at the forefront of automation technology. We are experienced in designing and fabricating everything from small, single-operation machines to large multi-robot cells for the automotive, aerospace, food processing, furniture, and other industries.

Our automated capabilities include:

  • Aluminum Processing
  • Automation Assembly
  • Custom Conveyors
  • Machining
  • Press Automation
  • Robotically-loaded CNC Mills
  • Robotic Welding
  • Stretch Bending
  • Transfer Systems
  • Wing Bending

TURNKEY SOLUTIONS

Specialty Tooling Systems operates as one of twelve organizations under the Tooling Systems Group (TSG) family of companies. As a partner of TSG, Specialty Tooling Systems offers true turnkey solutions to our customers. This collaboration allows for the construction of stamping dies, molds, machine design, automation technologies, and project support, all under one umbrella. TSG supports the ability to launch multiple sets of the same tool across the globe simultaneously, which reduces costs and lead times while optimizing resource utilization. With facilities located in both the Asian and European markets, STS brings global capabilities to its customers through its TSG partnership.

As a member of the TSG family of companies, customers benefit through:

  • Increased buying power through centralized purchasing
  • Increased efficiency and capacity
  • Shared knowledge of best practices and processes
  • Vertical integration for a seamless project from start to finish

Moreover, customers have access to a variety of capabilities under the Tooling Systems Group umbrella, including:

  • Sheet Metal Stamping Dies
  • Hot Stamping Dies and Processes
  • Hot Rolled Steel Plate Fabrications
  • Mold Tooling for Hydroform, Plastic Injection, Die Cast, Compression and Thermoform Applications
  • Laser Welding, MIG Welding, Resistance Spot Welding and Automated Welding Cells
  • Low-volume Part Production

In addition, Specialty Tooling Systems is also partially owned by Nachi Robotics Systems, Inc., a $2 billion global manufacturer of robotic equipment. The partnership with Nachi affords Specialty Tooling Systems the sort of financial backing typically reserved for large suppliers, but within a smaller, more nimble organization.

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Grand Rapids, MI 49534

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