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Application Example

Just a few days ago, we received confirmation from a customer we had quoted that they were indeed going forward with their upgrade project.

It’s nothing out of the ordinary, but we thought you might want to read a bit about what a typical AutoDrill customer does and purchases.

First, the customer told us they had two separate applications.  One required a multi-drill head and the other would be a single spindle unit.

Four Spindle BCD Multi-Drill Head

Four Spindle BCD Multi-Drill Head

2140-2 With ER16 Collet Chuck

2140-2 With ER16 Collet Chuck

Here are the specific details:

  1. The first application was relatively simple as far as the process went. The customer wanted to drill four holes at one time. The hole size would be anywhere between 1/8″ )0.125″) to `1/4″ (0.250″) in diameter and would be drilled through 1/8″ thick aluminum material.  The catch was that the customer wanted to drill four parts at once. They would nest the parts on their fixture next to each other in a way that allowed the AutoDrill multi-drill spindle head to perform a perfectly spaded square pattern.  The customer had preciously used single spindle Suhner brand drills but wanted to try something a bit more modern.  We quoted a model 2240-2 AutoDrill for the stroke, a MS4C-13 gang drill head for the four hole process, and a three phase, 1 HP motor set-up that allowed the customer to choose an RPM rate from 862 RPM to 4200 RPM from the factory.  Speed changes are easily accomplished with simple belt and pulley swaps if needed. Their control system was a special dual pressure set-up pneumatic control that allows the customer to set a different downward line pressure from the retract pressure. The controls will be triggered by a PLC running 24VDC signals to a solenoid provided by AutoDrill.  Finally, a pair of proximity sensors (NPN/PNP dual compatible model) were added to the drill to inform the PLC of “proof of return” and “end of stroke” positions.
  2. The second application was a bit less critical as far as the initial set-up by the customer, but a bit more critical because of the process itself.  The customer wanted to drill a single 1-1/2″ (1.500″) hole through a plastic material. Because of the nature of the job, the exact material type was unknown and could range from PVC to HDPE or even some of the more exotic plastics.  The customer’s tool has a 1/2″ (0.500″) shank on it but sometimes comes with a hex shank.  Seeing as the shank changed from time to time, we decided to quote a standard key-type chuck.  We quoted a model 2240-2 AutoDrill for the stroke, a KT500J33 key-type chuck for the hole process, and a three phase, 1 HP motor set-up that allowed the customer to choose an RPM rate from 862 RPM to 2100 RPM from the factory.  Speed changes are easily accomplished with simple belt and pulley swaps if needed. Their control system was a again a special dual pressure set-up pneumatic control that allows the customer to set a different downward line pressure from the retract pressure. The controls will be triggered by a PLC running 24VDC signals to a solenoid provided by AutoDrill.  Finally, a pair of proximity sensors (NPN/PNP dual compatible model) were added to the drill to inform the PLC of “proof of return” and “end of stroke” positions.

The final cost of the equipment to the customer was less than $9,000 and delivery of some products will be in less than one week. Delivery will be made by simple UPS Ground shipping.

AutoDrill would love to help solve your high volume drilling needs.  Our quotes are 100% no obligation and basic PDF, DXF and/or DWG drawings of equipment are available with the quote in most cases.

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

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Our competitors often sell outdated, inefficient machines.  We sell only the most modern and efficient designs.

The remaining major competitors to AutoDrill are either overpriced, overseas, or sometimes both!  We keep everything except custom drilling heads and devices in stock at all times.

 

2240 With 2 Spindle Multi-Drill Spindle

2240 With 2 Spindle Multi-Drill Spindle

2140-1 with Key-Type Chuck

2140-1 with Key-Type Chuck

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