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    Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!


    Upon our arrival on Thursday afternoon, we were welcomed to the Flex Corporate Offices and then introduced to most of management and key personal.




    Antique Flex angle head buffer in the lobby...



    After introductions we had what I think was one of the best parts of our trip and that was a chance to meet with and discuss power tools with the Flex Engineers. Sorry but no pictures of the actual meeting as it was private but here's the skinny... both Nick and I had a chance to talk one-on-one with all the top engineers at Flex including Dirk Rock, the engineer behind the Flex PE14

    This was our opportunity to share our thoughts about tool design and the direction and needs of both the enthusiast and professional markets. It was truly an honor to sit and discuss tools and technology with the Flex engineers. I brought along two Brinkmann Swirl Finder Lights and gave one to Dirk since his job includes testing the paint polishing tools on painted hood panels in the training room.

    Sorry but I can't share what we discussed nor any pictures of Nick and I with the engineers, but here's the meeting room...





    A sample of some of the different types of tools Flex manufactures for different industries besides paint polishing.





    Fun shot of a Flex mouse pad!




    It was a great meeting and we wish we could share what we discussed but alas we we're sworn to secrecy...


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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Don't worry Mike, I believe in reincarnation. Shoot me a PM when you're ready.
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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    That's OK Mike & Nick, I'll just keep clicking on the "whats new" link at the Autogeek store. I'm sure there will be something showing up there in the future. Maybe a rotary like the 3403 with the adjustably of the PE 14? Or a private lable (like the Griots) Autogeek DA built by Flex????? See what the mind can do!
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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Mike, what are those long-handled devices on the right in the display case?

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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Setec Astronomy View Post
    Mike, what are those long-handled devices on the right in the display case?
    They are drywall sanders, they are called Giraffes! Flex actually makes a lot of tools besides paint polishers that most people don't know about including myself and Nick until we visited Flex where we were introduced to their complete line.


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    Germany Flex Plant Tour Pictures



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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Is that a Flex vacuum next to the tools as well?
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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rav777 View Post
    Is that a Flex vacuum next to the tools as well?
    Yes. It connects to many of the sanding tools to extract dust as you machine sand.


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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    WOW Mike, talk about a kid in a candy store!! I know you have skids of Flex products in Stuart but to see where it all comes from has to be a real treat!

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    Great stuff Mike. It looks like you and Nick had a blast !!! I can't wait to see what is on the horizon for Flex.
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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    hmmm a new product you say!
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