Institutes of Advanced Tooling: Overview
The Institutes for Advanced Tooling (IATs) are positioned to be occupational centres of excellence for Skills Development Technology Transfer and Diffusion to accelerate the country's growth in the Tool, Die & Mould (TDM) making sector (Tooling sector), through the core business of promoting sustainable tooling in collaboration with international leading tool making private institutions, academia and the local tooling industry.
The aim is to change tool manufacturing from a resource-driven process to a knowledge-driven process by offering a well-balanced combination of technology enablers for all steps of the extended product life cycle to SME's in the tooling sector.
The focus of these Institutes are:
- Tool Design;
- Tooling Technology Transfer; and
- Research and Innovation
There are three IATs within the Technology Stations Programme, located at three different Higher Education Institutions.
- Institute of Advanced Tooling: Tshwane University of Technology (IAT-TUT), Soshanguve
- Institute of Advanced Tooling: Walter Sisulu University (IAT-WSU), East London
- Institute of Advanced Tooling: Stellenbosch University (IAT-SU), Stellenbosch