The subject matter experts that are team members of the Aviation Forging and Casting Assistance Team know the DLA procurement system and also have the technical knowledge to assist foundries and forge shops so they can meet procurement requirements. One of the most common requests AFCAT receives is to help identify tooling.
Tooling includes forging dies, casting patterns and molds, and machining and inspection fixtures. When tooling is not available, interested vendors must plan to have it manufactured during contract performance. This will increase cost and may result in extended lead time.
Once contractors have reviewed the technical data package and identified the part number of casting or forging, you should conduct a search for tooling:
Depending on the type of casting required, contractors bidding on a DLA or DoD solicitations may wish to look for tooling through the Integrated Casting Order Network (ICON) website. Upon arriving at the ICON homepage, click on the Defense Tooling Locator tab on the top horizontal navigation bar.
In addition, AFCAT encourages foundries interested in castings to register for access to ICON, which combines a casting tooling database with other data sources to simplify the procurement process.
Contractors with a subscription to Haystack® Gold should use the National Forging Tooling Database that is part of their subscription. View the Case History for the T-38 Fuel Tank Lug to see how valuable access to tooling data can be.