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Mobile Pneumatic Tapping Arm

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

FlexArm, Inc. has introduced the FlexArm mobile tapping package, which allows operators to tap holes offline as a secondary operation while primary production lines, including machining centers, work on other parts.

The comprehensive package includes the FlexArm GH-18-1 tapping arm with a tap capacity of #6 to 5/8 in., reach from 17 to 72 in., variable speed from 100 to 420 rpm, 360-deg. movement and a semi-automatic tap lubricator. Additionally, with a caster cart, power pack, tap stand and five tap holders, this hydraulic tool can be used wherever a 110-V electrical supply is available—no air needed. The setup offers rapid set-up times and significantly reduced tap breakage, making the FlexArm an ideal alternative to tapping holes manually or via CNC.

With a tap breakage rate of 1/3000 holes, versus 1/300 holes on a CNC, FlexArm tapping arms can significantly reduce set-up time, cost and scrap rates, according to company officials.

Other hydraulic and pneumatic versions of the FlexArm are available to suit varied tapping requirements, and company engineers can discuss unique project parameters and offer solutions. The company stocks an extensive array of tap holders and repair parts in its Wapakoneta, OH, factory, for rapid, often same-day, shipment.

FlexArm, Inc.: www.flexarminc.com