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
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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
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 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
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.
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-24 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.
Watch a GHM-60 Hydraulic FlexArm easily tap 1 1/4" holes in heat-treated alloy steel both vertically and horizontally with the multi-position head.