Alongside many other factors, the optimum interaction between tool and press is a crucial and often underestimated factor when it comes to stably functioning production. Unfortunately, this factor generally goes unheeded due to the organizational separation of tool and press maintenance. Responsibility for errors and faults is unclear, and the bigger picture over all interfaces is not considered.
A bit of heat is always good – and it’s with this in mind that Feintool Technologie AG has joined forces with ETH Zurich to launch a development project supported by the CTI (Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation). The primary focus here is on studies examining the temperature-dependent forming behavior of various materials, as well as the development of different process solutions for heating the pre-material.
Alongside cost-effectiveness and precision, industrial businesses are also facing the challenge of utilizing new technologies for their objectives. Hence, fineblanking companies need to expand their advantage over alternative technologies in order to cater to current trends such as higher-resistance sheet materials, geometrically highly complex forming components, environmentally friendly lubricants and digitization of the value-creation chain in the context of Industry 4.0.
The Finite Element Method (FEM) simulation supports various phases of tool making at Feintool. By using the simulation, customers receive a tool which is optimized for future production. The results of the simulations offer additional benefits to the process.
An insight into the optimization of presses and tools thanks to data analysis with FEINmonitoring
For the last two years Feintool has been collecting data on fine blanking machines commissioned worldwide. This condition monitoring program was originally developed as a prototype by the press engineering department. These original data points have since evolved to 125 standard data points that make up a product that is available to our end customers. FEINmonitoring offers a solution to help improve press and die efficiency within their production systems.