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Super light and stable disc

carriers formed in three

dimensions: Demand for

components with these

attributes will grow in the


The automotive industry is facing a big change: Transmis-

sion parts that used to be heavy and bold have to be con-

structed much lighter nowadays. Feintool faces this chal-

lenge with its self-developed Fineblanking & Forming

System FFS™ and has invested substantially in new ma-

chines in its plant near Nashville. The heart of the FFS™

is a 1,600-ton direct servo transfer press with an 18-foot

(6-meter) press table. The system includes a hydraulic

power unit adapted from a 700-ton fineblanking press,

located in the foundation of the transfer press.

The FFS configuration eliminates the usual limitations of

the fineblanking press with a relatively small bed size.

The 18-foot press table accepts up to 12 individual tooling

stations that enable total freedom in part design. The

700-ton fineblanking hydraulic power unit delivers high

volumes of oil at precisely controlled ram positions and

pressures to fully integrate multiple fineblanking opera-

tions at any stations of the forming tools.


The results are three-dimensional formed, lightweight

components with fineblanked part features in critical ar-

eas to achieve precision and finishing results possible

only with an FFS configuration. Disc carriers, pistons,

gear spiders, driveplates and adaptive dampening com-

ponents can be formed, fineblanked, intool rolled and

finished in a single transfer press run. With the addition

of a second 1,600-ton press, Feintool now has three large

tonnage presses in its Nashville plant that uniquely com-

bine coldforming and fineblanking operations.

For several years, Feintool has been investing in fineblanking and forming

technologies in North America. Now the company is expanding its Nashville

production facility. The reason: Increasing global demand for lighter automo-

tive transmission components.


Lars Reich