St. Louis, MO – Edge Technologies announced today that they have entered into a cooperative agreement with Schlenker Spannwerkzeuge of Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. As of May 1st, 2011 Edge Technologies will become the sole importer and distributor of Schlenker products for the North American marketplace. Schlenker has a long history manufacturing collets and guide bushings for Swiss sliding-headstock type lathes, and now look to the West as they expand into additional markets.
In Edge Technologies Schlenker has found a partner with several decades of experience in the precision metalcutting automation industry. Currently Edge Technologies offers two lines of magazine bar feeders, the Edge house brand and the German made FMB line-up. Besides stocking these feeders in their centrally located St. Louis, Missouri facility, they are also fully stocked with parts, they offer specially engineered feeding solutions, and handle all sales and service. The Schlenker line of products is a natural fit for Edge due to the experience of the staff in the lathe productivity environment.
Edge Technologies has the privilege of introducing the latest from Schlenker, the S-Slot line of collets and guide bushings. The unique S cut innovation prevents the accumulation of chips and debris in the slots that cause inaccuracies. The S-Slot products are perfect for use in conjunction with high-pressure coolant systems where high precision machining requirements are absolute, and exceptional concentricity is required for part acceptance. Concentric run-out of Schlenker brand guide bushings is ‹ 0.005 mm, an essential measurement for the turning of critical dimensions on parts such as medical components.
Besides being a highly accurate line-up, the S-Slot is exceptional in it’s material make-up and construction, leaving the bar’s finish unmarred. All of Schlenker collets and bushings have exceptional and consistent clamping pressures that handle bar inaccuracies and fluctuations with ease. Edge will present the Schlenker products for the first time in Booth #1237 at the EASTEC trade show in Springfield, MA, May 17-19, 2011.
Edge Technologies is a leading productivity solutions provider to the precision metal working industry. Edge Technologies has extensive experience and a history of success and innovation demonstrated by over 23 years providing bar feeder and lathe automation solutions, including over 7000 successful installations of magazine bar feeders in the North American marketplace. For more information visit: www.edgetechnologies.com