The Die Design Experts.

As the volume of orders coming into Tooling Systems Group grew exponentially in the mid-2000s, the need for a more efficient die design process emerged. To meet the demand, Concept Tooling Systems (CTS) opened in September of 2005.

Concept Tooling Systems serves as the primary source for stamping die design within Tooling Systems Group, as well as for non-Tooling Systems Group companies. The team is comprised of experienced designers who focus on best practices of die design, which in turn increases the speed that dies can be designed.

Our Focus

Concept Tooling Systems designs and engineers small to large progressive, transfer, and line sheet metal stamping dies in full, 3D solids, using:

  • CATIA V5
  • Unigraphics NX 11
  • AutoForm

CTS uses their design experience to accommodate a wide range of tooling orders for die builders throughout the USA, Canada, and Mexico; including stamping dies for:

  • Cross members and engine cradles
  • Frame rails, brackets, and hangers
  • Appliance industry panels, brackets, and supports
  • Seat back panels
  • A, B, and C pillars
  • Floor pans and risers
  • Brackets, reinforcement, and supports for I/P’s and seating
  • Drive train brackets and supports
  • Engine compartment components
  • Heat shields and extrusions
  • Fuel filler bases and hinges
  • Body in white parts



Years of combined experience


Hours of annual design capacity


CTS is always looking for both established and emerging talents interested in our unique company culture.

Jason Anthes

Jason Anthes – Vice President of Processing

Jason holds a degree in Tool Design from Ferris State University and entered the tool and die industry in 1998.  Jason joined CTS in 2005. Throughout his design career, Jason has focused on the processing and simulation areas of design, and he now leads the company’s processing team.

Scott Barnes – Vice President of Design

Scott is a Journeyman Die Maker and has more than 30 years of industry experience. Scott has spent over 20 years of his career in design.  In 2008, Scott joined CTS, where he now leads the design team.  Scott also has a background in surfacing and programming CNC mills.

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