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Emuge Celebrates 100th Anniversary

"Invented in 1920 by Richard Glimpel, the single-finishing tap with a spiral point revolutionized thread manufacturing and helped establish EMUGE. Today, threading tool innovations continue, such as the EMUGE Punch Tap," said a company spokesperson.

EMUGE-FRANKEN Headquarters in Lauf, Germany. The new building shown on the right will increase production space more than 215,000 sq. ft. by 2023.

EMUGE-FRANKEN, a manufacturer of taps, thread mills, drills, end mills and other rotary cutting tools, is celebrating its centennial this year.

"In 1920, Richard Glimpel, a German engineer and master craftsman, founded a company and invented a single-finishing tap with a spiral point that revolutionized the machining of internal threads," said a company spokesperson. "The tap obsoleted the three-part tap set with only one tool, which did the job at a fraction of the time it normally took. The new tool was so successful it helped secure a large order and growth for the fledgling company that Glimpel and three employees had started." Partners were soon added and the brand name "EMUGE" was established. Today, EMUGE-FRANKEN has more than 1,900 employees with locations worldwide.

Many EMUGE tool innovations and product expansions have followed, including the addition of toolholders in 1928, special workpiece clamping in 1950, and in 1953, the development of the patented steep spiral-fluted tap, a tool that features the same geometry for machining threads in blind holes throughout the industry. In 1956, Helmut Glimpel, son of the founder and current owner, joined the company, and in 1958 EMUGE acquired FRANKEN, a manufacturer of milling tools, and changed its name to EMUGE-FRANKEN.

With the newly established EMUGE-FRANKEN, Helmut Glimpel focused not only on the expanded product range of the company, now positioned as a full tool system provider, but also on establishing new sales and production facilities to closely serve customers throughout the world, beginning with the U.S. This vision took shape in 1983 via Emuge Corp., which today is a newly expanded 50,000 sq. ft. facility in West Boylston, MA, with a Technology and Training Center, tool reconditioning and manufacturing, including end mills for advanced aerospace machining applications. The facility provides additional capacity to domestically manufacture special solid carbide tooling and other standard solutions within the EMUGE-FRANKEN milling tools portfolio.

"For the past 100 years, innovation has been the cornerstone of EMUGE-FRANKEN," said the spokesperson. "From the original spiral point tap to unique toolholder developments such as SoftSynchro, InnoForm thread forming tools with advanced geometry, and Circle-Segment End Mills that have quadrupled material removal rates, there has been a constant flow of innovative tools via extensive research and development. Recently, EMUGE-FRANKEN developed a new tool category and threading technology with the introduction of the Punch Tap, which produces and threads a hole in one fast operation, at a fraction of the time it takes to conventionally drill and then tap, a hole."

EMUGE-FRANKEN is currently constructing a new 215,000 sq. ft. production facility opposite the current EMUGE-FRANKEN global headquarters in Lauf, Germany, and is slated to be fully operational by 2023.

An EMUGE-FRANKEN 100-year corporate video can be viewed at:

For more information contact:

Bob Hellinger, President

Emuge Corp.

1800 Century Drive

West Boylston, MA 01583


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