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  • Get busy! It’s That Time of Year Again

    by Joanne
    4 years ago
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    It’s time to send SEASONS GREETINGS from C-Flex Bearing to you. 55af4f0ca540df1c1dc2a5a52ea68e54 Before the holidays consume your thoughts, think about getting everything done before year end and deadlines creep up.  Think about getting those flex pivots and flexible couplings in house so there is one less order to place, one less deadline to worry about. After your order is in our hands, we’ll get it processed and shipped to you right away. Laser marked logo Information on pivot sizes and performance properties can be found HERE: https://c-flex.com/pivot-bearings/bearings-size-performance-properties/ Sterling-Instruments-Lattice-Couplings Is it the coupling you want?  Information and sizing can be found HERE: For Lattice Style Couplings:  https://c-flex.com/couplings-2/lattice-couplings/ For Super Plastic: https://c-flex.com/couplings-2/superplastic-couplings/   And if you REALLY want to surprise that design engineer in your facility, give him the Gift of Ideas using the C-Flex Design Guide to make his hard work come true. Find it HERE: https://c-flex.com/pivot-bearings/design-guide/ image   We are here to help so don’t wait until the last minute when you should be enjoying the holiday celebrations.   Call us now at 315-895-7454  and we will wrap up your orders in plenty of time so you can enjoy a very Happy Holiday!
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  • Coupling News and CNC Milling

    by Joanne
    4 years ago
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    It has been busy times here at C-Flex these past two months.  The popularity of the C-Flex Coupling has exploded! exploded We even purchased a new HAAS MINI MILL to increase production.  Since this new addition, we are in desperate need of an experienced CNC Machinist to program, set up and run these machines. This will be C-Flex’ 3rd mini mill actively running on our shop floor.  EXCITING! Haas Questions Asked and Answered While working with our customers, getting their orders ready, a few questions regarding the coupling have come up which might not be answered with clarity on our website.   Let’s address these inquiries just in case anyone else has the same question/s. Question:  What is the temperature range of the C-Flex Lattice Coupling? Answer:   The couplings are the same material as our pivot bearings (400 series SS).  Reference FAQ (remove the word “bearing”).   The temperature range is –100 deg. F to 375 deg. F.   The coupling can be held up to 450 degrees for no more than 8 hours otherwise damage may occur. Question:  On the data sheet for the English C-Flex Lattice Servo Coupling, 301500 couplings have an “H” dimension of 0.505 which is smaller than the smaller coupling. Is this correct? Answer:  There is an error in our catalog as well as the CAD model.  All of the actual 1.25” diameter parts have an “H” dimension of 0.386 which is a logical value considering the size below and above it.  The value was changed however the models and catalogs did not get updated. Question:  What is the Moment of Inertia for the smallest bore size of the Lattice Couplings? Answer:  For the 50XXXX Lattice Coupling Coupling ID                 Bore (inches)             MOI(lbs*In^2) 500750                          0.125”                            0.0042 501000                          0.250”                            0.0138 501250                          0.375”                            0.0350 501500                          0.500”                            0.1012 501750                          0.625”                            0.2020 502000                          0.750”                            0.3728 502500                         0.875”                             0.9636 For the 30XXXX Lattice SERVO Coupling Coupling ID                 Bore (inches)             MOI(lbs*In^2) 300750                       0.0033”                            0.125 301000                      0.0145”                             0.250 301250                      0.0429”                             0.375 301500                      0.1091”                             0.500 301750                      0.2287”                             0.625 302000                      0.4444”                             0.750 302500                      1.3471”                             0.875   Question:   What IS the “H” Dimension? The H dimension is the length of engagement of hub onto the shaft.  The hub is internal to the flexures. A shaft can penetrate through the middle.   We continue to welcome more questions and comments so PLEASE give us a call. We’d love to talk to you about the C-Flex Flexible Coupling and the C-Flex Frictionless Bearing/Pivot.   315-895-7454 PHONE.
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  • Maximum Rotation Angles of the C-Flex Pivot Bearing

    by Joanne
    4 years ago
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    image A question was asked by one of our customers concerning maximum rotation angles and hard stop limits.   The max rotation angles are limits set for recommended usage and not physical limits. For example, in regards to the 10 series pivot bearings, C-Flex recommends maximum rotation in one direction of 15 degrees for indefinite life and 30 degrees plus/minus rotation before damage occurs. The C-Flex pivot bearing, in the 10 series will rotate a minimum of 30 degrees each way with the actual hard stop occurring sometime after that, possibly at 35 degrees. This is similar to the 20 series which will rotate at least 15 degrees each way and the 30 series which will rotate at least 7 degrees each way. It is recommended that the user put stops in their application to prevent excessive rotation. If that is not possible, we will customize the pivot bearing with limit stops so the springs will not be damaged if the stop are hit with excessive force. Reference the life cycle charts below: Also found on our site under LIFE PROJECTIONS image image If using the solid models of the C-Flex pivot bearing, it will exceed recommended angles of rotation or rather, will reflect rotation to the hard stops. Solid models can be found at our site under ?What We Do? => ?Pivot Bearings? => ?Downloadable Solid Models?. Call us with any questions at 315-895-7454.
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  • Life Cycle Testing of C-Flex Products

    by Joanne
    4 years ago
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    Life Cycle Testing of C-Flex Products You will consider many products and many scenarios before putting your design ideas into production. At C-Flex, we understand the importance of supplying products that won't repeatedly break down before their time. C-Flex Bearing life cycle testing services enable you to project the longevity of our product in your design before failure. Life expectancy of the C-Flex pivot is a result of fatigue on spring materials resulting from repeated applied loads and angles of rotation. If used within rated values, the user can expect indefinite life from the C-Flex pivot bearing. If however, the application requires exceeding any recommended limit, a finite and predictable life may be calculated. The charts provided in our catalogue reflect life lines for usage under a full range of motion about center. If the application requires rotation to only one side, C-Flex will help calculate the expected longevity of use within the application. *An example is provided on page 6, section III of the Design Guide . C-Flex has the facilities and expertise to conduct accelerated life cycle testing on our pivots and coupling products. This type of test is conducted using aggressive condition specifications based upon customer requests. Testing Services Breakdown: Life Cycle Test for 1 to 4 units. Standard lead time is 2 - 3 weeks depending on requirements of test. 10 million cycles at a +/- 2.5 degree offset is considered a standard customer defined test. Room temperature for all levels of testing with cycle speed of 1400/min. Number of cycles 10. The customer may define angle of rotation , number of units tested, and may request extended life testing e.g. 30 million cycles. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_nPBNTKU4I?feature=player_embedded] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_nPBNTKU4I or view the video here . Call us today at 315-895-7454 to talk to our engineers regarding your application and product testing requirements. We're here to help.
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  • Efficiency Comes At Every Level – Laser Marking

    by Joanne
    4 years ago
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    C-Flex Bearing Co., Inc. considers itself a smart business and knows that tight cycle times with strong product quality keeps the customer satisfied.  While the main focus is to reduce cost, it is never at the expense of quality at C-Flex Bearing.  We rely on reductions in production variability in cycle times while enforcing error proofing at every level. This means best practices in the C-Flex production process.  Breaking down efficiency even further to examination at a micro level, we look at the marking technology utilized at C-Flex and the benefits transferred to the customer. Laser Marking:  A level in production which has saved final process time as well as increased customer satisfaction.   image It has been a few years since C-Flex Bearing Co., Inc. first introduced Laser Marking Technology via True Pulsed Fiber Laser into the final stage production process. The old system of etching onto the metal part required we purchase bottles of chemicals for the marking process.  The results were not crisp, clean, and were certainly not easily customized to customer part number identification. Laser marked logo The many benefits associated with laser marking,  using a table top marking system, has increased efficiency and satisfaction for customers. 1.  C-Flex can produce characters, logos, and bar codes with continuous lines to improve mark legibility. 2.  A wide variety of text styles improve image and the customer sense of quality for the final product. 3.  The laser mark is permanent on a variety of materials which prevents losing identifying information and is important to traceability. 4.  The cost for custom marking to our customers is minimized. 5.  The lack of chemicals and fluids creates a cleaner more sustainable environment. 6.  Greater uptime because less maintenance, quick operator set up and utilization   This is how it works:
    A. Turn on the laptop . B.  Set up mark on software. C.  Place component into the machine. D.  Adjust any settings/placement. E.  Close the door and mark.
    Not only is the resulting product marking for company identification, part number, and serial number traceability cleaner and cosmetically more pleasing to our customers, Laser marked part but it has reduced internal costs as well as increased production efficiency to the C-Flex manufacturing operations. As we continue to support ongoing manufacturing transformations for not only production efficiency but a more proficient organization, the satisfaction from long time customers goes hand in hand.  With efficiencies built into every process, C-Flex exists on a solid foundation yet remains flexible to capture new markets and drive customer loyalty. 
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  • New Product Testing

    by Joanne
    4 years ago
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    Exciting news at C-Flex Bearing this week!   Testing for a new product line is moving along great! To clarify, this product isn’t exactly “new” but it will be an addition to the current successful coupling line.  C-Flex currently offers 48 standard coupling sizes.  We offer both servo and lattice styles as well as all metal or SUPERPLASTIC. Testing There isn’t much information to reveal at this time but stay tuned, get excited because if you are an industrial coupling user, you will want to know when this “big guy” becomes available. One more bit of news to share and that is we have new neighbors!  They happen to be ducks.  Quite a lot of ducks at that. Ducks Since we’re all animal enthusiasts here at C-Flex we welcome the team.  We expect to see them in a larger “facility” with an even larger water bath very soon.  Thanks to Branck Construction, another locally owned company with over 30 years of expertise in the area of concrete, masonry, and carpentry.
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  • Better and Faster Than Ever Before

    by Joanne
    4 years ago
    1752 Views
    Big news at C-Flex!  We have upgraded our telecommunication lines to Fiber Network.  That is  a 10M x 10m Internet with symmetrical download/upload speed. Thanks to the folks at Northland Communication, this switch over was easy and painless.   What did we gain by this change to Northland fiber?  Reliable and secure transfer of data between C-Flex, vendors, and customers.  Once again, reliability and security are of the utmost importance to C-Flex Bearing Co., Inc.   The new website and the new telecommunications fiber network go hand-in-hand in optimizing our business’ productivity. fiber-network We are always thinking of ways to make doing business with C-Flex better.  From new product development to customer satisfaction, we want every customer to mention our name in a positive light and keep coming back for more product and better solutions for engineering needs.
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  • Always Improving

    by Joanne
    4 years ago
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    As you have noticed, the C-Flex website has been updated and improved.  There is a lot of information in these pages thanks to our broad customer base who have asked many application questions over the years.  We enjoy addressing those questions and learning from them so we can continue to offer the parts needed by design engineers as well as end users looking for quality components offered at very competitive prices. One feature very new to us is offering a video showing the mechanical advantages of the C-Flex coupling. 6horizontal metal coupling We would appreciate your time, all of a few minutes, to watch our video and let us know what you think. Click on the photo below or following link:  https://c-flex.com/couplings-2/ image Do you use couplings?  Metal? Plastic?  What is the most important feature you look for when considering a new supplier?
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  • Welcome to our New Site

    by web promedia
    4 years ago
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    WELCOME! C-Flex Bearing Co., Inc. is proud to announce the launch of our brand new, mobile-friendly, website! We provide an abundance of information about our services and the products we offer. Our goal throughout the site is to have our consumers find exactly what they are looking for with ease. Charts and/or images of products are available on almost every page. We also have provided PDF versions which can be downloaded to make the information more accessible. We even have our company brochure available for review and/or download! Click through and you can learn a little about our history, who we are and everything we do! We hope you enjoy the new C-Flex Bearing Co., Inc. website!
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