Superior Flatness for reliable Transmissions
Heat Flattening – Feintool’s newest vertically integrated process for superior flatness. By integrating this secondary operation into the fineblanking process, the US locations can now supply their customers with products of even higher quality.
Fineblanked automotive parts, such as clutch plates, are often subjected to tremendous wear and stress. You don’t have to look further than the iconic yellow school busses to see this in action. From the frigid cold temperatures in Fairbanks, Alaska to the scorching desert heat in Reno, Nevada, millions of children rely on the dependable and essential transportation of school busses to get them safely to and from school.
School bus powertrains, with the constant stop-and-go operation, must perform reliably in extreme conditions. Fineblanked components with the controlled surface, flatness, perpendicular cutting surfaces and a clean finish throughout the entire material thickness bring the precision and reliability to the hard-working transmissions.
Heat Treating Ensures Tough, Flat and Reliable Parts
The physical properties of fineblanked automotive parts must be optimized for their particular application. Heat treating, also called “heat flattening” or “heat setting,” plays a vital role in achieving the desired flatness and surface hardness of fineblanked components.
Heat treating is a process, in which metal components are heated and cooled under tight controls to improve their properties, performance, and durability. It can harden, soften, or relieve stress on the metal without changing the part dimensions.
Now, Feintool U.S. has brought this specialized operation in-house and incorporated it into its vertically-integrated manufacturing process.
“At Feintool, we pride ourselves on having a cradle-to-grave approach,” said Lars Reich, EVP, Sales & Marketing, Feintool U.S. “From design, to our fineblanking manufacturing process, and now our heat treating capabilities, controlling these operations ourselves ensures we deliver the highest quality parts at the best value.”
The Value of Owning the Process
One way Feintool maintains its competitive edge is by continuously refining its manufacturing processes to be as efficient and cost-effective as possible. With a precise process such as heat treating, fine-tuning specific variables, such as time and temperature, can have a drastic impact on the final product.
“The unique aspect about Feintool’s heat treating operation is that we can control every part of the process, including the temperature, ramp-up, soak time, cool-down, and the gas we use,” said Dan Todaro, Director of Manufacturing for Feintool Cincinnati. “We can also use the most advanced technology and the latest techniques to create the best product possible and stay ahead of our competitors.”
“By integrating the process, we can deliver the highest quality at the most competitive cost,” added Reich. “And since we no longer have to send the parts to a third-party for heat treating, there is no risk of damaging components during shipping, ensuring we can meet our customers’ demanding production timelines.”
In addition to manufacturing a flatter, more durable, higher-quality product, owning the heat treating process also enables Feintool to control its inventory levels better, reduce lead times, and allows for the flexibility to react to customer order changes to support just-in-time delivery.
A Continued Commitment
Feintool is committed to delivering the highest quality products to its customers. Delivering on that commitment means continually innovating and looking for ways to produce better components, faster and at the best value. Incorporating the heat treating process into its vertically-integrated fineblanking manufacturing operation is one way the company can strengthen its capabilities to not only meet but vastly exceed its customers' expectations.