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Forming, cutting, punching and joining in vocational schools/training centres

Getting a feeling for metal, learning how the different materials behave, or how to bend, form, cut, punch or join them – those are the first steps in an apprenticeship on the way to becoming a specialist in metalworking technology. Quite often on machines from ECKOLD, which belong in every shop. Simple but robust machines are of particular interest to vocational schools and their students; exchangeable tool inserts turn the machines or hand-operated tools into genuine "multifunctional helpers".

As a well-known company and a market leader in the manufacture of machines for sheet metal forming, we offer crimping tools, hand formers, power formers and multi-functional formers – ideal for equipping vocational schools and training centres of all types, which will produce future automotive mechatronics engineers, industrial mechanics and machine tool operators. Shrinking, stretching, reshaping, clamping, cambering, smoothing, straightening, creasing, punching, notching or joining: Versatile machines from ECKOLD are ideal for metalworking trainees, and they are indispensable especially for custom one-off manufacturing.

The same machines – changing tool requirements


Getting a feeling for metal materials is not especially easy. How do different materials behave in the forming process, and how can vocational school students achieve the best result? ECKOLD forming machines allow students to optimally develop their manual skills to a near professional level. There is a reason why ECKOLD has been setting standards for decades when it comes to machining of sheet metal, pipes and profiles.


  • Customised sheet metal forming made easy
  • Universal solution thanks to large range of exchangeable tool inserts
  • No tool marks thanks to surface-protection pads
  • Excellent reproducibility
  • Wide range of portable and stationary units

Which tool for which application?


The company's success is not least due to the reliability and durability of the ECKOLD Kraftformer and ECKOLD Handformer machines, and the unique ECKOLD tool concept that turn drive units into universal machines able to handle various sheet metal thicknesses and forming tasks. The versatility of the ECKOLD tool range is truly unique and includes tools for virtually any forming task and material. ECKOLD forming tools are known for their sturdy design and durability and are chosen on the basis of the properties of the workpieces, including material quality. Our forming tools allow for fast and precise machining with minimum noise emissions.

With a single tool, you might for instance be able to form brackets and sheet metal and to remove folds and dents. Thanks to precision press force control, the same tool can also be used for fine-tuning or correcting tasks. This versatility is the key feature of the ECKOLD brand. Thanks to the quick tool change system, retooling is quick and easy.

ECKOLD forming tools can be used to


  • shrink & stretch
  • dome & planish
  • flatten & straighten
  • curve & cut
  • punch and fold
  • join (clinch)                sheet metal, tubes and profiles.

Simply do it or do it simply!


In many cases, widely differing requirements have to be fulfilled with a single system – one only needs the right tools. The diversity of exchangeable tool inserts also allows flexibility in the procurement costs. Start with a basic set of tools, which you can then expand later to meet your particular tool requirements.


However, all ECKOLD tools are suitable for basic familiarisation of students with sheet metal material. Simple operation of the machines by adapting progress to the individual skill level is very useful.





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BBS II vocational schools, Osterode am Harz




Sheet metal shrinking, stretching doming, planishing, tensioning, straightening, flanging, curving, punching and folding – these and many more tasks can be performed with forming machines and tools from ECKOLD. Thanks to the wide range of tools on offer, our Handformer and Kraftformer units are truly universal machines. ECKOLD Kraftformers are designed for the cold forming of sheet metal, tubes and profiles. They are high-precision, low-noise units for chipless machining. On a single Kraftformer, you can for instance bend profiles, form sheet metal elements, produce new parts, complete repairs or cut intricate contours.



ECKOLD offers a huge range of tools, and retooling takes only few seconds. This ensures high machine utilisation and versatility. The intelligent technology from ECKOLD is unique in the world, and we currently export our products to more than 100 countries around the globe. Since the 1930s, ECKOLD has been specialising in forming technology, and has remained the market leader ever since. Based on extensive experience, in-depth knowledge of the market and solid engineering, forming machines from ECKOLD set the standard in the industry.


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