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Feintool Partners

Expanded expertise creates added value.

With the professional partners of the Feintool Technology Network, we provide extensive expertise relating to fineblanking and create added value for our customers. Through intensive cooperation and ­exchanges with our industry and university partners, we optimize important areas of the process chain and develop the entire fineblanking technology as a whole.

We are introducing you to the Feintool partners and your benefits in the areas of equipment, lubricants and ancillary materials, as well as research and development.

Your Benefits:

  • Usage of the Feintool partner network
  • Highest level of innovation
  • The right solution for every problem


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The ideal addition for your fineblanking press.

ARKU Maschinenbau GmbH

For decades, ARKU has focused on the essentials and sets the direction for the entire industry: resilient and reliable levelers for coil processing.

With 50 years of experience, it is the market and technological leader in leveling technology. ARKU offers the world's most extensive range of high-capacity and precision levelers, as well as deburring and edge rounding machines. Recently, ARKU began offering automated parts handling solutions for leveling and deburring machines.

With its main office in Baden-Baden in Germany and ISO-certified subsidiaries in Kunshan (China) and Cincinnati (USA), the company covers markets in more than 30 countries.

Your benefits:

  • The company ARKU Maschinenbau is an ­expert for leveling and deburring technologies.
  • ARKU develops machines that set the standards in process reliability and cost-effectiveness.
  • ARKU also offers customers contract work in its leveling and deburring centers in Baden-Baden (Germany), Cincinnati (USA), and Kunshan (China).


Lubricants and ancillary materials

Protection and safety with every press stroke.


For more than a hundred years, our company has stood for groundbreaking expertise in special lubricants.

FUCHS LUBRICANTS GERMANY GmbH is one of Europe’s leading developers of special lubricants for non-cutting metalworking. At our location in Bremen, we combine research and development as well as production and distribution under one roof. We are proud to realize both tried-and-tested, high-quality standard products as well as very individual solutions for our customers.

We have made a name for ourselves thanks to our expertise, and not only with our customers: in the global business association Fuchs Petrolub SE, we have been the competence center for forming lubricants since 2005 and advise Group companies. The role of leading chemist for all forming products and manager of the group-wide "Forming Work Group" was conferred upon our manager of research and development.

FUCHS WISURA premium fineblanking oils meet Feintool’s specifications, promote optimal roughness depth for fineblanked surfaces, provide the best protection against wear, and make it possible to increase tool life while guaranteeing the greatest possible process reliability.

Your benefits

  • Chlorine-free fineblanking oils
  • Chlorine-free forming of rust-free steels
  • Conversion coating is not used in cold forging
  • Products made using renewable raw materials – free of mineral oil, solvents, and VOCs


HOLIFA Fröhling GmbH & Co. KG

HOLIFA specializes in fineblanking oils. HOLIFA offers its customers optimal fineblanking oils for all their fineblanking applications.

The company HOLIFA has been developing high-performance lubricants for the sheet metal industry for over 50 years. Over the course of this long time, we have acquired a wealth of experience from direct collaboration with national and international customers, and we combine that with the most recent discoveries in science and research to continually develop our products further.

HOLIFA lubricants are world renowned, not least because of the fineblanking oils we have developed over a period of 40 years, among other things in collaboration with our cooperation partner Feintool. Not only does Feintool, market leader in the area of fineblanking technology, itself rely on HOLIFA fineblanking oils, it also recommends them to its customers around the world. We are able to offer our fineblanking customers optimal fineblanking oils tailored to their individual needs for all imaginable material qualities and applications.

Your benefits:

  • HOLIFA offers and recommends chlorine-free fineblanking oils for all materials (steel, stainless steel, aluminum, non ferrous metals) to its customers
  • HOLIFA has also specialized in the development of individualized lubricant solutions for its customers
  • The HOLIFA product palette also incorporates a series of fineblanking oils that contain chlorine for the most difficult applications
  • HOLIFA is represented by a large number of distribution partners around the world


Research and development

From theory to practice

ETH Zurich, Institute of Virtual Manufacturing, D-MAVT

The IVP is specialized in the digital modeling of manufacturing processes. This includes in particular the virtual validation of entire manufacturing chains. In the field of forming processes, the main tasks are both the optimization of process steps and the mathematical representation of influences caused, for example, by material fluctuations or changes in tribological conditions. To the strengths of the IVP belong the specially developed material and failure models, which are required for an exact digital process mapping.

For the simulation of fine blanking processes, the IVP uses the FEM program FineFormTM. The code which is an in-house development, is based on the ALE method with a special automatic remeshing option particularly adapted for cutting processes The benefits to commercial codes are significant advantages both in terms of computation accuracy as well as in computation speed due to the conformal modelling of the FE-meshes.

A digital process monitoring and digital quality control are increasingly established as new areas of application in the context of process digitization.

For the automatic detection of surface defects, the IVP has developed the "Industry 4.0" specific systems OptoGuardTM, MatGuardTM und Q-GuardTM, which enable optical detection of surface defects, inline material property monitoring as well as feedback and direct intelligent correction of process parameters.

The IVP is under the direction of Prof. Dr. Pavel Hora since 2005. The IVP software tools have been among the market leaders in the field of forming technology simulations for more than 20 years. AutoForm, which originates from IVP, is the world market leader in the field of sheet metal forming. The institute's work has been honored several times with renowned prizes such as the Johann Puch Automotive Awards (2016, 2018) or the ESAFORM Award for the best industrial doctoral thesis in 2019.

Worth to mention are also the IVP’s activities in the Formula Student Electric Competition (FSE). In close collaboration with the AMZ our students achieve excellent rankings in the competition. Due to this work, which has resulted in numerous bachelor theses, the IVP can also demonstrate extensive know-how in the field of electric vehicles (High-performance electric motors, transmissions, battery, battery management, control systems recuperation).

Your benefits:

  • Worldwide recognized institute in the field of "special purpose" FEM packages
  • Development of exact failure models for predicting of forming limits
  • Competence in the field of "smart" production systems
  • Development of innovative forming systems


Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University

Around the world, the Laboratory Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University is synonymous with successful as well as forward-thinking research and innovation in the area of production.

Projects related to basic research as well as projects targeted at the requirements of the industry are performed in six research areas, and practice-oriented solutions for rationalizing production are also developed. The goal of addressing the entire area of production technology under one roof has resulted in a broad work area, which is oriented towards the corporate divisions of development and construction, quality management, organization, planning operations, production and assembly as well as control and automation.

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) is managed by four professors: Christian Brecher (machine tools, machine data analytics, excellence clusters internet of production, gear technology), Thomas Bergs (manufacturing technology and gear technology), Robert Schmitt (production metrology and quality management) and Günther Schuh (production engineering).

One of the research priorities of the Department of Manufacturing Technology is fineblanking. Through holistic treatment of the interaction between tool, fineblanked component and machine using experimental and numerical methods, research questions addressing the issues of wear, coatings, component quality, tools, and new aspects like Fineblanking 4.0 are answered.

Your benefits:

  • High level of methodological competence and implicit knowledge of the development and implementation of research projects
  • Tradition and expertise in the field of fineblanking
  • Pre-competitive, cross-industry collective research with companies in the fineblanking research circle
  • Strategies for the application of Fineblanking 4.0


Technical University of Munich, Chair of Metal Forming and Casting – utg

Since the foundation of the chair in 1968, shear cutting, including the technique of fineblanking, has been an important pillar of competence in our research work.

Many successful research projects at utg prove the advantages of fineblanking for a wide range of components compared to other cutting processes.

In addition to pure cut parts, we are now researching with our Feintool press on the producibility of complex components in a high clean-cut ratio. We work closely and successfully with Feintool and have regularly expanded the horizons of what is technically feasible, especially in the future areas of massive lightweight construction and innovative gearwheel manufacture using the internal stresses induced by production technology.

Simulation is another important component of our work. Virtual investigations provide us with insights into processes in the tool and in the material during the fine blanking process. This combination of experiment and simulation is the basis for our chair to be able to make an essential contribution to the expansion of the application possibilities of fine blanking in the future.

Your benefits:

  • High level of methodological competence and experience in planning and running research projects
  • Numerous flexible fineblanking tools
  • Large measurement and analytical possibilities in tools and parts


Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Institute of Forming Technology & Equipment (IFTE)

Knowledge, innovation and motivation - these are the key values that have guided the IFTE people going forward.

The Institute of Forming Technology & Equipment at the School of Materials Science and Engineering of Shanghai Jiao Tong University is the Chinese national level research institution for the research on advanced materials forming technology and equipment as well as manufacturing technology. For more than 30 years, IFTE successfully worked together with industry partners in the manufacturing field.

Both Feintool and IFTE pay attention to the research and development of advanced and innovative fineblanking and forming technology. The partnership between Feintool and IFTE has enhanced the cooperation in the field of advanced and innovative forming technology, particular the development of fineblanking systems and some fundamental research work. With the developed system FSO+ (Feintool Strip Layout Optimizer Plus), a CAD tool that helps designer to design and optimize fineblanking process based on material utilization and force distribution, the design cycle has been shortened significantly.

Your benefits:

  • Chinese national level research institution in the field of advanced forming
  • Developed FSO+ system has shortened the design cycle significantly
  • Successful support in the R&D of the automobile industry