New Products

AutoDrill – New Products

What in the world is an AO taper?

For those of you in the metalworking or even woodworking industries, there are common terms and items that are easily recognizable.  They might include:

  • Morse Taper
  • Jacobs Taper
  • R8 Taper
  • CATxx or ISOxx taper
  • etc.

Now… Without going to Google and cheating, do you know what an AO taper is – sometimes called an A-O taper?  Either did one of our engineers when he received a call in mid-2012 from a customer looking for a unique solution to their manufacturing situation. He hung up the phone, turned to the other engineers in the room and said, “What in the world is an AO taper?”  …It took us a few minutes to find some data on it but took a week or so to actually get accurate specifications on the taper for the project.  It seems everyone in the industry had hand-drawn specification drawings from the 1940’s and 1950’s only.

Here is what we eventually settled on – and what worked perfectly for the customer:

AO or A-O Optical Taper

AO or A-O Optical Taper

The customer creates optical lenses for various industries.  Well, part of their process is to work on the lenses in a way we can’t describe because it’s proprietary, but involves an AutoDrill product with an AO taper spindle.

The basic steps that take place in their facility include:

  • Drill out cores from raw material using a core drill that is 8″ long and 1″ in diameter
  • Slice the core into wafers so they can be processed as individual parts later
  • Generate or form the optical lenses from the wafers
  • Bevel the edges with a special beveling tool
AO Taper Equipped Head

AO Taper Equipped Head

This customer creates lenses out of sapphire, glass, plastic and quartz. The tooling they use is generally diamond impregnated and they even do some of the coating processes in house.

Please CONTACT US to discuss your application and receive prompt product cost, literature and technical help. We are now very familiar with the AO taper and can assist you in your optical processing needs.

Custom Four Spindle Drill Unit Head for Drill Press or Selffeeding Drill

This multi-drill spindle head was made for a customer who needed to make four holes in one shot. The goal was to be able to make a specific four hole pattern for their application reliably and repeatedly over a long period of time.

The volume of parts made was very high and the head was made to standards well above what was actually needed. This should result in a very long lifespan of the drillunit head.

Gang drill heads such as these have hardened helical gearing inside and generally require a light greasing from time to time via conveniently located grease fittings.

We can offer these devices with as few as 1 or 2 spindles or as many as 35+. We can mount them on Bridgeport machines, drill presses or column drills, mills, CNCs selfeeding drills, pneumatic drills, motors, etc. We delight in solving your application challenges.

Four Spindle Drill Head

Four Spindle Drill Head

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

AutoDrill Multi Spindle Heads

We have a large selection of multi spindle heads to satisfy your drilling & tapping needs.

We can offer fixed spindle drill & tap heads:

Custom Gear Driven Drill & Tap HeadFour and Six Spindle Geared Drill and Tap Heads Four Spindle Geared Drill and Tap Head

We can offer adjustable gear driven drill & tap heads:

Three Spindle Bolt Circle Geared Drill and Tap Head - BCD or PCDTwo Spindle Gear Driven Adjustable Drill and Tap Head

We can offer universal joint drill & tap heads:

Universal Arm Head

Universal Arm Head

 

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