April 18th, 2013
posted by AutoDrill
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
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:
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
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.
April 10th, 2013
posted by AutoDrill
You don’t need to be a huge company to benefit from AutoDrill’s equipment. Everyone from home shop hobbyists looking to break out into a production run to massive international companies have found that our products help them to find success in their industries.
Here is a letter and sample photo from a customer with a small shop and an extremely unique set-up:
Dear Joe Jr. and Sr.,
Thank you for supplying a superior product in your 6 spindle drilling head to our company. Please look at the enclosed photos to see the unusual way in which we are using your drilling head. This particular way of using your drilling head has some distinct advantages to it.
Of course this set up is good for low-torque applications only. We are drilling 1/8″ thick Lexan (polycarbonate) for our product. Notice the 4 left-hand drill bits. Of course we make two parts in one drilling instead of three.
If you have any questions please contact us.
- John A. (Oregon, USA)
Here is a photo of the set-up being finalized in their offices:
AutoDrill is a family owned, family driven business. Because of this, you may only reach us by phone or email during normal business hours. Please excuse us during non-business hours/weekends as AutoDrill is closed. Someone will gladly answer phone and/or email messages promptly when we return.
Please feel free to contact us either by phone at (800) 871-5022 or by email at the link below:
March 31st, 2013
posted by AutoDrill
Recently, a customer who focuses on providing highly artistic wooden parts came to AutoDrill looking for a way to drill their semi-raw material in a unique way. The process involves burnishing a hole through a wooden part with a wooden dowel-like drill mechanism.
The part being manufactured is not only artistic in nature, but highly functional as a tool. The end user will spend a good amount of time in close proximity to the product so quality and functionality are of top importance to the manufacturer.
Leaving any type of chips or clamp marks on the part is highly undesirable as their customers are extremely sensitive about the look and function of the part. By burnishing their way through the wooden part rather than using a typical drill “bit”, they create a number beneficial and highly important characteristics of the functional product.
One of those side effects is a fine lubricating wood dust that when combined with the proper thrust and RPM rates creates a unique finish on the product. The finish that is generally desired is a burnt looking finish similar to lightly charred wood.
A small feature in the product also allows additional wood dust created by the burnishing process to collect outside of the burnished hole and serve a second and highly critical purpose later on.
The customer spent a week visiting AutoDrill headquarters investigating the different options that might be available to them and developing the custom solution. After all the hard work and engineering, a prototype unit was manufactured and the manufacturing team at AutoDrill sent it into the field for some beta testing.
Finally, a custom, non-marking, highly flexible and controllable clamping system was needed for the project. AutoDrill’s team worked day and night during the final days of the project to develop this concept. When the concept was finally agreed upon, it was shared with the customer who was extremely pleased.
The entire system then went out for further testing. After this testing by selected end users, it turned out to work perfectly in most situations. The only challenge was when the wood parts varied in density and/or the moisture content of the surrounding area or the wood was too high to allow the burnishing technique to form the proper finish.
Below, you can see a photo of the finished product, including the AutoDrill Model 1 Bow Drill and a slightly used Jack brand foot clamp.
We hope your April is as successful as can be. Happy April 1.
Please CONTACT US to discuss your *REAL* applications and receive prompt product cost, literature and technical help.
March 7th, 2013
posted by AutoDrill
Yes, you heard that right… We said that short cuts waste time.
When you are setting up a manufacturing or production center, the short cuts in your set-up process can lead to problems down the line. As one wise man said, “There is always time to redo a critical step in the process so take the time to do it right the first time!”
Taking the time to set things up right the first time leads to an efficient and predictable set-up process as well as a happier team of employees. Nobody likes a fire drill and nobody likes fixing a mistake made by someone else.
This is exactly why AutoDrill will not necessarily sell you the cheapest (as opposed to the least expensive) option for your project. It’s also why we will sometimes take the time to build your machine the right way rather than promise you a fast delivery that is unrealistic and forces our team to cut corners.
AutoDrill offers some of the lowest costs in the market for the highest quality products. We also offer significantly faster shipment times than most of our competitors. …We can do this because we took the time to set up our business the right way the first time – and you benefit because of it!
Whether you are interested in our Self Feeding Drills, Multiple Spindle Heads / Multi-Drills, Turn-Key Set-Ups, Production Tapping Machines, or simply Spare Parts and Service, AutoDrill stands ready and excited to serve you the best way possible each and every time you call.
Please CONTACT US to discuss your application and receive prompt product cost, literature and technical help.
January 14th, 2013
posted by AutoDrill
AutoDrill has once again pledged to support an excellent local charity in 2013.
Adopt One Village exists to serve the people in the Abetifi-Kwahu region of Ghana, and specifically a small village in that region. However, the good they do is not just overseas but also right here in US soil.
AOV’s mission is to… “…bring sustainability to this area, one village at a time. To do so, AOV has determined four areas of focus for themselves, their partners and their volunteers. They are Health, Education, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. AOV is currently working in the village of Yaw Tenkorang and hope to use our efforts there as a model to help other impoverished areas.”
In the last two years, Adopt One Village has expanded its aid to Abetifi-Kwahu dramatically. In this region, there are many small villages in need of aid as they lack electricity, running water and health facilities. Many suffer needlessly from curable diseases and infections simply because the water they walk to collect daily is polluted by animal feces or other contaminants. The children of these villages are educated in a deteriorating building with few teachers and often no supplies.
What they don’t mention on their site specifically is that they also give local youth and adults a chance to work on local teams, learn an amazing and unique life perspective, etc. It changes lives here in the USA as well as overseas. Being based out of Essex County, NJ, their efforts here in the states directly affect youth and adults in the Metro NYC area, and in the shadow of Newark, Paterson, the Oranges, etc.
AutoDrill has supported this charity’s efforts since 2010 by volunteering at local events. We have also sent two different owners to serve in Ghana, Africa on four occasions (one trip pending in just a few weeks as of this writing.)
If you would like to support this charity please check out their web site. We have agreed to support their Gala taking place on February 22 and would love it if you might consider doing the same… Will you join us at the event or through providing support?
A quick bit of information on the LIVE MUSIC for the February 22 Gala can be seen below. It’s going to be an amazing night!
Live Entertainment will be provided by:
Lynette Sheard on vocals
Boris De Vries on guitar
Gary Fredrickson on drums
Gerald Weir on vibes
Doug Andrews on Bass
(Lynette Sheard is a gifted versatile vocalist with a five octave range. She is an actor, producer and director. She is the unseated “West Orange Idol”. Her performances have been acknowledged in numerous publications including, NY Times, The Record and the Chronicle. The Star Ledger proclaims that “Her voice reaches deep into one’s soul and finds a soft spot” She performs Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Soul and Pop music throughout the tri-state area. Theater credits include principal roles in: Dream Girls, Smokey Joes Café, Ragtime, Swing, Aida, and an encore performance as Lena Younger Mama in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. She has received countless awards and recognition for her musical service work with children, the elderly and veterans. She is a founding member of the Guiding Stars. –A Medical Missions group of professional performers who volunteer to entertain veterans and children. Her performances have raised thousands for Hurricane Katrina Survivors, Haitian Relief efforts, The American Red Cross and numerous other local charities.)