ANNUAL REPORT 2018
Artemis Beteiligungen I AG – A holding company controlled by Franke Artemis Holding (i.e. Michael Pieper) which acquired a majority share of 50.32% in Feintool on September 30, 2014. It acquired the shares entirely from its sister company Artemis Beteiligungen III AG, which had held a majority share in Feintool since April 7, 2011.
Automatic transmissions – These help to make a car more comfortable to drive and also to reduce emissions. The high level of complexity in their construction and the precision requirements mean fineblanked and formed parts from Feintool are particularly suitable. The different types include continuously variable transmission (CVT), dual clutch transmission (DCT), simple automated gearboxes, and torque-converter transmissions, currently with up to ten gears.
BEV – Battery electric vehicle (energy is stored in a battery, drive comes from an electric motor).
Cold forming – Forming refers to changing the form of a body made of sheet steel with tools by means of processes such as bending. Unlike forging and casting processes, with cold forming the forming takes place without mechanical processing or machining (material removal). Furthermore, no heating takes place as is evident in the name. Cold forming is an efficient process that is particularly suitable for the production of complex precision components, such as those required in the automotive industry.
Dual clutch transmission – Automated gearbox which uses two sub-transmissions and two clutches to enable fully automated gear changes with virtually no interruption of traction.
Electro sheet stamping – Electro sheet stamping refers to the stamping of individual rotor/stator elements from electro sheet.
ERCO – Ordinance against Excessive Remuneration in Listed Companies Limited by Shares. This is an implementing regulation by the Federal Council, which came into force on January 1, 2014.
Expected releases in the high-volume parts segment – In the System Parts segment, the order backlog represents the expected releases for the next six months. The customer can move, adjust or cancel these releases at any time. Thus, the order backlog in the high-volume parts segment is merely an important early indicator.
Fuel cell (FC) – Serves to generate power for electric drive in fuel-cell or hydrogen-powered vehicles. Fuel-cell vehicles are therefore hybrids with a drive consisting of a hydrogen tank and fuel cells, plus a small battery and an electric motor.
Fineblanking – Differs from normal stamping in that it works with three forces (blanking forces), rather than just one. Two of these brace the material for the part from above and below, and only the third force functions as a blanking force. The result is clean, laceration- and tear-free fineblanked surfaces, precise components, and either less or no subsequent processing depending on their use.
HEV – Hybrid electric vehicle, a vehicle with hybrid drive.
Hybrid – A vehicle with more than just one integrated drive concept; generally refers to a combination of electric drive and an internal combustion engine.
Laser cutting – Laser cutting is a highly flexible process for cutting components out of sheet/electro sheet, especially for particularly large components and/or particularly small series (prototypes, small batches) in the production of rotor/stator pack-ages.
Number of strokes – Number of pressing motions in one stamping, fineblanking or forming press within one minute.
Orders received/order backlog in the investment goods business – In the Fineblanking Technology segment, the orders received and order backlog represent legally binding orders.
Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) – Overall key production figure for the assessment of a plant, linking availability, machine output, and quality level.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) – A hybrid vehicle with a battery that can be charged via a plug socket.
Press portfolio – Feintool’s fineblanking presses are designed for economical and efficient production of precision parts. Feintool offers various different product series for differing requirements:
- FB one – Hydraulic fineblanking press. The FB one is the newest series in the press portfolio. Compared to other fineblanking presses, it permits even more economical manufacturing of flexibly produced high-precision components in a way that saves resources and im-presses through the adaptability of its modular structure. In future, it will replace hydraulic presses in the X-TRA and HFA series. Thanks to its modular structure and the cutting-edge technology integrated into the control system and hydraulics, the new press series covers all the common applications of existing hydraulic presses.
- XFTspeed – Servomechanical fineblanking presses The XFTspeed series combines the advantages of hydraulics with servo technology and mechanics, and thus achieves high stroke rates and minimal run times. Main areas of application: Thin and delicate or critical parts requiring a high level of precision, removing and process reliability.
- HFA – Hydraulic fineblanking presses Principal use:
flat components in high volumes. Thanks to its servo drive, the X-TRA presses are particularly suitable for
processing high-tensile and stainless steels.
- – HFAplus: This series is ideal for universally flexible production of demanding fineblanked components. Here, the various different add-on options provide for an optimal configuration tailored to requirements.
- – HFAspeed: This series boasts a strong drive and optimized hydraulic system, which thus achieves high stroke rates when fitted with appropriately configured tools.
- – HFAsmart: This series has the fundamental features of the HFAplus series, but is optimized for smaller investment budgets.
- X-TRA – Thanks to its highly dynamic and controlled ram, the hydraulic X-Tra series is designed for high-strength parts and high stroke rates, as this press concept manages to eliminate the dreaded sudden impact almost entirely. The main areas of use are production using stainless or high-tensile steels.
Punch-packaging – Punch-packaging refers to the production process for interlocking sheet packages such as stators and rotors for electric motors made of strip in a progressive stamping tool. It differs from packaging and joining (e.g. by means of welding or gluing) of stamped sheets in that the latter processes take place outside the stamping machine in a special machine or rig. The height of the sheet package can be preselected with punch-packaging in the stamping machine. Packages of any chosen height can be created.
Rotor/stator packages – The stator is the non-moving part and the rotor the rotating part of an electric motor. The rotor and stator package comprises the core of the relevant component, consisting of stamped and packaged electro sheet elements.
Servo drive – Feintool uses the servo drive both for mechanical and hydraulic fineblanking presses. The advantage: The servo drive makes it possible to program the path of the ram precisely. This makes it possible to reduce the speed of the cutting process – which lasts a fraction of a second– in a controlled manner, thus sparing the workpiece and the tool. The ram then subsequently travels its path to the next cut all the faster. Servo-driven presses significantly increase removing.
Simulation – Experimental analysis of fineblanking and forming processes by means of complex software.
Tools – It is within these that the components take shape in stamping or fineblanking presses or forming systems. In order to make production more economical and efficient, Feintool combines fineblanking and forming processes in one tool. A three-stage tool, for example, can carry out cutting, bending and deburring at the same time. To produce a multifunc-tional component ready for fitting, only one press and one tool are required.