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Problems with CNC Machining

Blog FlexCNC June 15, 2022

CNC machinery can have problems arise, and some of these problems are more common than others. When these problems occur, FlexCare+ steps in to get them resolved for you and back on track for new or current customers. These problems can include: # 1 Fixturing CNC machinery can have problems when the workpiece that is

Flex Machine Tools Partners With Landmark Solutions

Blog April 15, 2022

We are happy to announce Landmark Solutions as the newest distributor of FlexCNC and FlexBeam in the West. Landmark is based out of Orange County, California, with coverage throughout Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and all of California. They pride themselves on being a professional manufacturing consulting, project management, and capital equipment distributor. The

Combating the Skills Gap with Automated CNC Programming

Blog FlexCNC March 30, 2022

The skills gap and labor shortage have been a hot topic in manufacturing in recent years. The challenge of being unable to find skilled workers with the needed technical skills, knowledge, or expertise to fill these open positions is a significant problem. A 2021 study conducted by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institue (MI) predicts that

Automating Machining Process with CNC for 3X Throughput

Watch Full Customer Story Below Staying competitive in the ever-changing manufacturing landscape requires continual investments in new technology. Businesses are often looking for solutions that will increase their capacity while giving them the ability to produce more consistent parts safely. Automation has become a hot topic in recent years, and for a good reason. Automating

How to Tap Fabricated Holes?

Blog Tapping Arms February 15, 2022

Laser, plasma, and waterjet machines, often found in fab shops, are great for creating holes, but what about when those holes require threads? A secondary operation is necessary to achieve this, and the tools are often not ideal. Operators frequently use radial drills, handheld drills, hand tapping, or a CNC machine to tap the fabricated holes. These solutions are much less efficient and often less accurate than the FlexArm. The FlexArm tapping machine presents a solution that allows the operators to tap fabricated holes without refixturing their parts, breaking taps, or running costly CNC machines

Westway Machinery to Represent FlexCNC & FlexBeam in Canadian Markets

Blog February 4, 2022

Flex Machine Tools partners with Westway Machinery We are pleased to announce that Flex Machine Tools has entered into a distribution partnership with Westway Machinery. Westway will now exclusively distribute and support the FlexCNC and FlexBeam machines across Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime provinces. Westway Machinery is Canada’s first choice for fabrication machinery. Flex Machine

Five Things you should know about the Flexarm

Blog Tapping Arms January 19, 2022

The FlexArm is a unique tapping solution that offers more efficient options for manufacturers. Listed below are five ways the tapping arm can help operators complete jobs more efficiently and accurately. 1) Tapping Up to 2 In. While the FlexArm is versatile enough to handle a variety of hole sizes, our largest hydraulic units have

Five things you should know about the FlexJet

Blog FlexJet January 19, 2022

The FlexJet waterjet is a cutting system designed to increase efficiency and productivity. The FlexJet is the fastest moving waterjet on the market, allowing operators the option to produce parts faster than ever before. 1) Construction The FlexJet construction utilizes industry-leading motors and drives and features an all-steel machine frame with a 20 plus year

Acceleration in Waterjets

Blog FlexJet December 21, 2021

There are many different concepts that go into understanding waterjet cutting and why one machine performs better than another. Many people look at speed as the first indicator of which system performs the best. With a deeper understanding of how waterjets work, it becomes easier to see that there is a much more important factor

Active Alloys Swaps Bridgeport for FlexArm

Active Alloys is a full-service steel fabrication shop in Chicago, Illinois. They specialize in designing and fabricating architectural elements, machines, furniture, and vehicles. William Tellmann and Collin Smith opened their shop 14 years ago; since then, they have found that they specialize in pursuing the most complex, unusual, and demanding projects. Due to the nature

Honoring All Who Served, Thank You For Your Service

Blog November 12, 2021

Flex Machine Tools salutes all veterans for their commitment and service, especially the veterans and active military personnel employed by and dedicated to our mission. We honor our veteran and active duty employees every day for their commitment and hard work. Every year, on Veterans Day, we take time to truly reflect on their contributions

Manufacturing Showcase: Flex Machine Tools

Blog November 4, 2021

Richard Kennedy launched Midwest Specialties, Inc., in 1971 as a government contracting manufacturing business. He designed and built a tapping arm to increase speed and efficiency when tapping holes off of his NC machining centers. The FlexArm was the first of many innovations the OEM now known as Flex Machine Tools, and is still based

Eighth Order FlexArm Collaboration

Blog Tapping Arms November 1, 2021

Flex Machine Tools is a veteran-owned business that is passionate about giving back to those that have served. CEO Nick Kennedy served in the Army Special Forces and returned to civilian life to run his family business. When he started leading the company, his military background helped him shift his mindset on what CEO he

Gladwin Machinery to Represent FlexJet Waterjet

Blog FlexJet October 26, 2021

Flex Machine Tools is happy to announce Gladwin Machinery as the newest distributor of the FlexJet Waterjet. Gladwin has been a strong partner for Flex since 2019, bringing the FlexCNC to the areas they serve. Gladwin Machinery will represent the FlexJet in northern Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and

Misconceptions of Manufacturing

Blog September 30, 2021

Today, US manufacturing is widely misunderstood, especially among young people. Manufacturing remains central in the world economy yet is seen as an outdated and dying industry. While jobs may have decreased over the years, output hasn’t. Manufacturers are becoming more productive and continue to improve their industrial processes. The addition of advanced machinery has created

Fabtech 2021 with Flex Machine Tools

Blog September 22, 2021

Did you miss Fabtech this year? For those of you who could not make the show, you still have the opportunity to see what we showcased in our booth. FleXCNC The FlexCNC is the best-priced and most flexible vertical machining center in the world. The FlexCNC vertical machining center ranges from 10′ to 80′ long

A Manufacturing Videocast Experience

Blog July 27, 2021

Flex & Friends Kick OFF We are excited to announce our much-anticipated manufacturing videocast series Flex & Friends. In this series, we will be picking the brains of the industry’s most passionate and profound thought leaders to talk shop and keep you up to date on all things manufacturing. The conversations will be honest and

Flex Machine Tools New Dealership Partnership with Capital Machine

Blog July 21, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Flex Machine Tools has entered into a distribution partnership with Capital Machine to exclusively distribute and support the FlexCNC line in select U.S. markets. Capital Machine will represent FlexCNC in the following states: Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Capital

FlexJet Waterjet- The Solution in Every Industry

Blog FlexJet June 30, 2021

Who uses a waterjet? Our FlexJet is the most versatile waterjet on the market. Our waterjet cutting machine will manufacture parts for industries from foam and rubber to aerospace. The FlexJet waterjet will cut using abrasive and water-only making it the right choice for every material.

From Manual Machinist to CNC Machinist

CNC machining can be intimidating. Especially for people who've been doing manual machining for years. Our friend Abom is a manual machinist looking to continue his education by learning CNC machining. We invited him to our facility to learn the basics of CNC machining from our expert machinist/programmer.

The Best Waterjet on the Market

Blog FlexJet April 13, 2021

What makes the FlexJet the best waterjet on the market? The FlexJet design allows for higher acceleration and deceleration rates that make it faster, more precise, and more rigid. The unique way that the Flexjet accelerates and decelerates makes it the highest producing waterjet on the market by utilizing dynamic motion that cannot be replicated.

Flex & Friends with OSG

Blog Live Demos March 31, 2021

Watch our latest episode of Flex & Friends with OSG where we bring the Electricity! We’re excited to team up with OSG as we reveal our all new electric tapping arm and feature some industry leading OSG Hy-Pro Taps. Plus we’ll hear from OSG District Manager & Friend of FlexArm – Dylan Goble.