In the world of metalworking, precision and efficiency are paramount. Threading holes accurately and consistently is essential for ensuring the integrity and performance of manufactured components. However, even the most skilled machinists can encounter challenges, such as damaged or poorly formed threads. The FlexArm tapping arm, a versatile tool that can tackle a wide range
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An end user recently approached Flex facing a common challenge: tapping plasma cut holes in A36 Steel. This particular end user is a general fabrication shop that handles a wide variety of projects but is well known for its expertise in fabricating truck beds. As a result, they frequently need to tap holes that come
When it comes to choosing the right tapping arm, the decision depends on several factors, including the specific application requirements, production volume, and budget. Here are some key considerations to help you choose the right tapping arm for your needs. Pneumatic Tapping Arm Pneumatic tapping arms are powered by compressed air and are the most
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
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
Tapping can be difficult and frustrating. From broken taps to damaged threads, the process of tapping can slow down productivity and become very costly in the long run.
Launcher, a startup company out of New York, is developing the world’s most efficient rocket to deliver small satellites to orbit and FlexArm is partnering with them to make this happen.
See how easy it can be to tap fabricated holes with the FlexArm. Watch as we tap plasma, laser, and waterjet holes with the GH-45 Hydraulic Arm and the A-32 Pneumatic Arm.
Lindsay Machine Works, Inc. has owned a FlexArm for 15 years. They recently purchased a hydraulic arm to handle larger tap capacities. See how many holes they can tap with the FlexArm in the same time it takes to hand tap one hole.
Solid Design Enterprises is a company that manufactures aerospace components. See how they were able to speed up their processes by tapping offline with the FlexArm while the Haas CNC machines other parts. If you’re looking to speed up your tapping operations contact us or click here for more information
See how one manufacturer will increase productivity by using a FlexArm instead of their CNC to tap aluminum extrusions in a matter of seconds.
See how a hydraulic tapping arm compares to a pnuematic tapping arm when tapping 1/2" and 3/4" holes into 2" thick aluminum.
Looking to tap NPT threads in stainless steel tubing? So we set up the GH-30 tapping arm to tap the ⅛” NPT threads.
See why this facade contractor will be using a FlexArm instead of a drill press to tap their aluminum extrusions quicker and more efficiently.