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    Re: Germany Flex Plant Tour Pictures

    Continued...


    After the Giraffe was assembled it moves on to the next stating where tubing attachments are installed for vacuum lines.



    When completed it is inserted into it's own case with all the necessary related attachments and owner's manual.



    The case in packaged into a shipping box....



    Then moved into a banding machine where the box is baned together mechanically for shipping...









    There's even Flex Drills handy for assembly work and drilling...



    The pictures in this thread represent just a small portion of the Flex Manufacturing plant and just a couple of their popular tools being built from raw stock and then assembled to create a finished product ready for shipping.

    The plant was clean and organized and very well laid-out for maximum efficiency. It was an impressive experience that instills confidence in the quality of German engineering and manufacturing.


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    Re: Germany Flex Plant Tour Pictures

    Continued...

    As we walked around I snapped a couple of fun shots...


    Hiding behind the monitor and one of the work stations were some pictures of traditional American style hot rods!







    Some of the machinery dates back to the end of World War II and was impressive in and of itself...



    The craftsmanship in the tooling alone was impressive...




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    Re: Germany Flex Plant Tour Pictures

    very cool picture of the manufacturing plant. German engineering is top notch.

    The picture of the pretzels bring back many memories for me. I ate a lot of those as a young boy when we lived in Stuttgart.

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    Re: Germany Flex Plant Tour Pictures

    I have had the opportunity to see inside of the Bosch facilities there in Germany and they to are amazing. The German way of manufacturing is second to none. I remember that their warehouse is completely dark and no one enters the warehouse unless a picking machine goes down.
    They have some crazy 99.998% order fill rate because no one is allowed to enter the room! Pretty sweet stuff.

    As far a precision machines go, we got to see Bosch parts with tolerances so tight that the oils and moisture from human skin would ruin the part if we touched it with out gloves..

    Looks like Flex has it together. I bought one of their pipe sanders last year at work and it is a beast. The only issue we have is that the sanding belts have been on backorder for 6 months so had to get someone to custom make them.

    Hope you guys enjoyed your time!
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    Re: Germany Flex Plant Tour Pictures

    Impressive! Thank you for sharing. I love my PE-14!

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    Re: Germany Flex Plant Tour Pictures

    Thanks so much for that Mike!! These photos and information reinforce what I knew about Flex tools the first time I inspected and used my 3401. High quality controlled machines with tight tolerances and built with pride.

    I'm glad you had a great time
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    Very cool!

    Flex needs to re-design the 3401 to spin at a higher OPM. That would be awesome!
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    Re: Germany Flex Plant Tour Pictures

    WOW!! Their work is so perfectly impeccable!!!

    I just love how enthusiastic they are about what they are doing!

    Thanks for the pics Mike! :D

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    Re: Germany Flex Plant Tour Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Driwash View Post
    The picture of the pretzels bring back many memories for me. I ate a lot of those as a young boy when we lived in Stuttgart.

    Tom

    I agree. I'm not normally a fan of pretzels but one bite of these and I was hooked...

    Actually, all the food was awesome!


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    Re: Germany Flex Plant Tour Pictures

    notice how in other countries the work ethic is way better/people are more happy to work...here in the usa most are like "f-this i can just get another job" and are unhappy people who give attitude every chance they get....maybe in other countries the bosses/management has a different attitude...

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