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
2140-2 With ER16 Collet Chuck
Here are the specific details:
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.
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.
AutoDrill has added a complete line of rotary and indexing tables to its product offering by partnering with a number of high quality vendors across the USA. Sold either direct to the customer in conjunction with an AutoDrill sale or as a turn key solution direct from the secondary vendor, the tables are available in various diameters and with various motor options. Standard table diameters are available in a variety of sizes and custom builds are no problem.
Some of the features offered are:
Auto home positioning and brake systems
Precision components insure long term indexing accuracy
Excellent design features for maximum rigidity
Multiple gear ratio options may be available to provide high speed feed rates
Custom designs available for extremely tight work areas or overly large projects for drilling, tapping, reaming, etc.
The rotary and indexing tables are part of the custom set-up offerings provided by AutoDrill and our business partners to guarantee a one stop shop for all of your high volume needs. AutoDrill and our partners also offer fixed pattern table fixtures as well as small items such as collets and custom collet chucks for Jacobs tapers, Morse tapers and even motor shaft mounts. With almost 100 years of experience in machinery and productivity related projects, AutoDrill manufactures and distributes a range of solutions including multi-spindle drill and tap heads, self feeder units and much more. The company’s expertise is machining and processing both ferrous and non-ferrous materials (as well as just about any other material) for industries such as automotive and trucking industries, aerospace, electrical, medical, off-road construction equipment, pneumatic and high-production drilling and tapping.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, for more information and a no-obligation quotation.
Rotary Table Indexing Action! (Drilling and Tapping Stations)