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New mounting system for oscillating power tools: Bosch and Fein develop new standard together Uniform mounting system for even higher performance

  • Development cooperation: Bosch and Fein introduce a new system standard
  • Starlock mounting system ensures rapid work progress and precise results
  • Three performance classes: Starlock, StarlockPlus and StarlockMax
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  • January 01, 2016
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Leinfelden/Schwäbisch Gmünd – Bosch and Fein, global market leaders in oscillating power tools, are set to launch a jointly developed mounting system for these power tools in January 2016: the Starlock mounting system. The cooperation between the two companies aims to offer users a uniform system standard with even better performance as well as faster work progress and more precise results.

Thanks to their special drive principle, oscillating multi-tools can be used universally and are very successful worldwide: With their oscillating movement, they can drive accessories for sawing, sanding, scraping or polishing. But they only work reliably and economically if the motor's power is transferred to the saw blade or sanding pad with as little backlash as possible. Therefore, the mounting system is crucial in ensuring rapid work progress and precise results. “A wide range of mounting systems for oscillating power tools is currently available on the market. There is almost a too wide range of products offered by different manufacturers to get a clear overview,” said Willi Fellmann, who is responsible for the cooperation project at Bosch. “Not only that, but users also have to accept performance losses when an adapter is used. This is where the new Starlock mounting system comes into play: With this product, Bosch and Fein have established a joint standard and guarantee a maximum transfer of power,” said Fellmann, describing the motivation behind the development project with Fein.

The patented Starlock mounting system works reliably with oscillating power tools from Bosch and from Fein, as well as with devices from other manufacturers, which also have a 12-point mounting system. This means the accessory is compatible with most machines on the market. “The Starlock accessory, with its three-dimensional geometry, is capable of achieving an even higher level of performance than previous systems,” said Rainer Warnicki, Area Manager for Product Development at Fein, speaking about the successful collaboration. “During the development of the Starlock tool holder, we, as the inventors of oscillating power tools, have deliberately taken a different route than before: The joint project bundles the expertise of both brands. We are convinced that Starlock will become the system standard on the market.”

As of January 2016, accessories with Starlock mounting system will be supplied under the brands Bosch and Fein. Bosch and Fein are offering three performance classes: Starlock, StarlockPlus and StarlockMax. These performance classes ensure that only the accessory corresponding to the respective machine output can be clamped on. Over the coming months, Bosch and Fein will also be launching new power tools with Starlock mounting system.

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The Power Tools Division of the Bosch Group is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2015, its roughly 20,000 associates generated sales of 4.5 billion euros, about 85 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch, Skil and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. The division generated about one third of its sales in 2015 with products that have been on the market for less than two years. In 2016, Bosch Power Tools will again launch more than 100 new products onto the German market in its four business segments power tools, accessories, measuring tools and garden tools.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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