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Forkardt Inc. announced the acquisition of the intellectual property (IP) Soft-Touch® technology assets from General Manufacturing Systems, a supplier of custom workholding products in Saginaw, Michigan. With Soft-Touch, Forkardt strengthens its advanced custom and highly specialized workholding capabilities and IP portfolio for challenging applications in the automotive and aerospace markets.
With this acquisition, a Forkardt spokesman said, “we will now provide a leading technology solution for thin walled, advanced materials, where part deformation is a concern. The unique Soft-Touch chuck design allows clamp fingers to actually conform to a part’s natural, as processed contour. Coupled with regulated clamping pressure, the resulting force dynamics actually give rigidity to fragile and delicate parts”.
The acquisition closed in October, 2019. Terms were not disclosed