Quality-oriented prediction of the lifecycle costs of tools and molds

Theme Tool- and Mold-Making, Artificial Intelligence
Project title Quality-oriented prediction of the lifecycle costs of tools and molds (QProLCC)
Project duration 01.02.2008 – 31.01.2010
Aim of the project was the creation of foundations to compare tools and molds by their entire lifecycle costs. For this purpose, a method to predict lifecycle costs was developed and for the purpose of comparability, similarity criteria were determined. Both results are based on the same parameters (e.g. material of the production part or tool dimensions), which are seen from specifications or the tool design. In addition, a method for the economic evaluation of technological tool optimization measures and an integrated tool costs part costs controlling was developed.

Publications about the project

During the utilization phase, sheet fabricating tools cause up to 70% of their own life cycle costs. In general, they may now be procured only on the basis of their purchase price. IPH - Institute of Integrated Production Hannover gGmbH has developed a method which can predict and consider the life cycle costs based on knowledge of these tools during the planning process.

calculation, life cycle costs, tool manufacturing

The lecture introduced IPH – Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover gGmbH with its three fields of activity: forming technology, logistics and automation technology. Furthermore, research and consulting projects were discussed. In addition, forecasting methods regarding the life-cycle costs of tools and moulds were presented as a major focus of current research.

research and development, life-cycle costs, tool and mould making


The IGF project 15531 N of the Research Association Quality (FQS) was funded via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) in the programme of Industrial Collective Research (IGF) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

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Benjamin Küster

Manager production automation