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 NX4
  • 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.

Rick Huisken,
CTS General Manager

Rick joined the TSG family in 1992 as an ATS employee. Rick brings 40 years of experience in the tool and die industry to the team. He worked as a Shop Foreman at ATS, and then later as Engineering Manager, before assuming the position as General Manager of CTS in 2018.