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When deciding which CNC machinery you want to purchase, it may come between a Vertical Machining Center or a CNC router. You can use these two different pieces of equipment for many reasons for various things. Which one should you be considering? What is a CNC router? The CNC router is a precise computer-controlled cutting
What’s your why? What’s your strategy? These are two key questions you should be asking yourself when marketing in the manufacturing industry. Too many people miss out on the great ways you can market your product and company in this industry and help your team out.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The FlexCNC is a vertical machining center offered by Flex Machine Tools. Below are five of the many features that set this machine apart from other vertical machining centers. 1) Zero Weight Restrictions Operators rely on the table for part mobility on a standard vertical machining center, limiting the maximum table load. On a FlexCNC,
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
FlexArm B-33-RG Balance Arm has helped Petty Welding decrease repetitive motion pain and injuries caused by angle grinders. Read about their story and experience using the FlexArm
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
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
The FlexCNC can do just about everything a tube laser can do and more. Those looking for a cost-effective machine that can process tubes and other long materials should look to the FlexCNC, an affordable alternative to tube lasers.
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.
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.
Chris Ashworth is a Sr. Software Engineer for FlexJet who’s been developing the fastest, most efficient waterjet in the market. Learn about his background and what goes into creating the world’s fastest waterjet.
The FlexCNC can do more than other standard Vertical Machining Centers. The FlexCNC sets itself apart with features that help businesses increase throughput and make more money.
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.