Fineblanked and formed parts are becoming lighter and smaller. At the same time, the demands on their strength are increasing. Likewise, the demand for procedures that improve their performance have increased over the past few years accordingly. For instance, in order to temper surfaces further, Feintool offers heat treatment processes using its own equipment – for example at our forming plant in Ohrdruf, Germany. Here, our tempering expertise is built up and expanded. Now, we no longer only manufacture formed parts, but these can also be processed directly on-site and delivered to the customer ready for assembly.
In 2014 Feintool was approached by US automotive manufacturer Dayco. The order? Production of a pulley with damper. For a good three years, developers from both companies worked closely together and tinkered with the optimal manufacturing process. It paid off: In 2019 380,000 parts will come off the conveyor belt, with that figure rising to 450,000 in 2020.
Bitcoin is probably the best known implementation of a blockchain technology. However, blockchain is about much more than digital currency: It’s about guaranteeing confidence in data, ensuring the immutability of data, and resource-saving, localized storage systems and networks. All three properties will allow data to be handled like commercial goods in the future, perhaps even independently between the specific processing machines. Continue reading Industrial IOTA Lab Aachen: Where fineblanking meets blockchain
The technology of shear-action cutting or stamping is versatile and has a very broad range of potential uses. Stamping electro sheet is one application of this manufacturing process, but at the same time the various processes involved in production and the requirements of tools should not be underestimated.
Downsizing is one of the trends in car making. An increasing amount of technology capable of enhanced performance is packed into the smallest space. To ensure this functions correctly in the engine or gear box, forming specialists from Feintool System Parts are in high demand. They too are consistently pushing technological boundaries and the limited space available for forming tools. Continue reading The turbo for forming
The advancement of fineblanking technology with more efficient presses and complex tools also gives rise to the need for more effective fineblanking oils. On top of this, some of the materials being processed are high-strength. The development of new fineblanking oils can only succeed when all parameters and the tribology of the overall process are taken into consideration. We highlight some fundamental aspects.
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.