Archive for October, 2013

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Explosive Part Drilling

AutoDrill equipment recently enabled a government contractor disabling (demil / demilling) and sometimes reloading outdated ammunition to greatly increase their safety. We also helped them greatly increase their “production” numbers as the old method was slow and cumbersome.


Drilling Explosives

Drilling Explosives

By drilling out the primer, the customer disabled older ammunition. By using a special cleaning tool, they prepared some of the older shells for reloading.

The fixture is set up for a process in either brass or steel. However, the machine is more than capable of drilling aluminum, stainless steel, extra soft or extra hard alloys, and even plastic and wood.

A similar project was set up for a customer drilling multiple smaller parts at the same time.

Multi-Drill Head

Multi-Drill Head

By drilling many smaller shells at the same time, the process of returning previously useless materials to a useful state was efficient and simple.  Recycling small ammo used to be nearly impossible due to the time and cost.

AutoDrill can manufacture gang multi-drill heads for drill presses, milling machines, automatic self feeding drills, motor mount set-ups, etc. All equipment is rated for continuous duty production work.

AutoDrill offers free application and design assistance for most jobs and free CAD drawings are offered for most units.

Please CONTACT US to discuss your application and receive prompt product cost, literature and technical help.

Skateboard Truck Hole Pattern Drilling

Skateboard Drill Fixture Example

Skateboard Drill Fixture Example

An AutoDrill designed system recently helped a customer fabricating skateboards significantly increase their production.

By drilling all the truck holes at once using multiple spindle drill heads provided by AutoDrill, they perform an eight step operation in a single step.

Additionally, by drilling through many boards at one time, they increased the performance of the system even more.

Optional peck drill or our standard drill cycle could be chosen on the electrical panel their engineer designed so that they could take advantage of the best method to drill their skateboard truck holes.

The fixture is rated for use in wood, of course. However, AutoDrills are more often used to drill metals and are robust enough for almost any drilling task.  Drilling wood, plastic, metal, granite, glass, and even food products is common.

AutoDrill offers free application and design assistance on most jobs. Free basic CAD drawings are also generally available.

Please CONTACT US to discuss your application and receive prompt product cost, literature and technical help.


Hinge Drill and Production Increased

AutoDrill sold to a customer a Multi-Drill Spindle Drilling Head set-up for a customer. They were fabricating doors and larger style wood cabinets. The AutoDrill set-up increased their production capabilities by improving their efficiency. Because they needed to drill the hinge hole patterns, and we were able to help them do it more quickly, the solution was a big hit!

The Multiple Spindle Drill fixture is capable of drilling twelve holes for hinges on a single part but in three locations. Multiple spindle drill heads and AutoDrill self-feeding drills took the operation that was previously multi-step down to a single step.

Multi-Drill Spindle fixtures are perfect for drilling metals as well as almost any other material. They are designed for constant use in high volume production drilling operations. Optional peck feed or standard drilling cycles can be included into the multiple spindle drill system controls. We can even offer a custom adjustable SkipFeed for rapid advance from one wall of the material to the next. When drilling extrusions or pipe, this drastically decreases the cycle time.  Time is money!

This set-up happens to be using our 9″ stroke 2000 series machine. It is set up in a “Z” configuration. This is because the customer had no room for the standard motor configuration and needed a long stroke automatic drill.

Multi-Spindle drilling heads have been used in many thousands of drilling projects. A multiple spindle gang drill head solution typically starts with a call or e-mail from the customer. Our highly qualified staff discusses the application with the customer and answers any questions. We then provide a fast, no-obligation quotation or sometimes just free advice. Typically, we can provide drawings, pictures of similar drills, literature and other materials and examples help to the customer understand the proposal.

This may be hard to believe, but there are times when an AutoDrill is not the right fit for the job. These times are indeed rare…  But when they come up, AutoDrill has no problem referring you to the best in the business for your specific need.  We only sell what we know will work!

Please CONTACT US to discuss your application and receive prompt product cost, literature and technical help.

Hinge Pattern Head
Multi-Drill Drilling Fixture