Conveyor Manufacturing Deep Hole Drilling Services in Troy, MI

Deep hole drilling has been a regular demand item for machine shops for years, especially as more and more complex assemblies require longer tunneling and channels for fluids and wiring to move through. No surprise, automation eventually caught up with what was traditionally a 100 percent task-driven exercise, even with CNC machine control of the work performed. Today, conveyor deep hole drilling is spreading as a commonplace activity in large manufacturing facilities, especially in fields like aerospace part production and automotive assembly.

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A Paradigm Change in How High Frequency Deep Hole Drilling is Applied

Fully automated conveyor systems, common in complex manufacturing, have begun incorporating the values of deep hole drilling systems utilizing integrated computer control systems. In many cases, such systems have to be custom programmed to the assembly line they are to work on, with equipment and hardware suited to the footprint and process. The typical design setup allows for long shaft drilling with suitable lubricant supply as well as support systems that help funnel drilling waste away from the work site on a continuous basis. As the target pieces load into the system by conveyor, each phase of the process is controlled by technology to ensure exact application specifications and results within given acceptable parameters. Ideally, such systems also need to be configurable to allow for different drilling depths as well as diameter size.
Both lubricant and waste removal are achieved through fluid pressure via the drill head itself. The drill piece involves hard metal such as carbide for long-term, high frequency performance. As the waste is produced in the drilling, the friction heat is cooled by the same lubricant protecting the drill, and the bits are pushed out onto a chip extraction system depositing into a receptacle for removal. Given the performance capability and operation on a 24/7 basis during large product runs, the demand for such automation has continued to increase, expanding the support market as well as upgrades to systems for even greater drilling capability.

Matching to the Floorplan versus the Client Matching the Machine

In many situations, as mentioned above, automated deep hole drilling systems are built to match the floor plan of the ultimate client. This allows for ideal practical efficiency and placement of equipment rather than trying to force standard equipment to work or having to change existing layouts to fit generic configurations. Utilizing a conveyor approach, units are then moved in from other assembly points and out again for additional work after the deep hole drilling is automatically applied. The design and approach speeds up overall production as well as keeps the drilling application uniform across a job run and from one batch to the next.
The beauty of many of the deep hole drilling systems being implemented is their standardized approach to compatibility. This is a key adoption factor as unique and infrequently used setups create additional customization challenges by merging an existing fabrication system network with a deep hole drilling system. Instead, utilizing standardized automation technology, new deep hole drilling systems are connected with little downtime and put into action with existing assembly lines and high quantity production.

Flexibility in Configuration is the Key

However, unlike other automated systems that generally have one activity to manage, a deep hole drilling system has multiple configurations to choose from, even in an automated application. As a result, it also needs to have the ability to switch easily and quickly to a standard machine with manual control as well when needed. This provides the flexibility to deal with special needs job runs that can provide greater occasional revenue bumps if the facility can address the demand without taking down the regular assembly process for an extended reconfiguration period.
Interestingly, some of the latest deep hole drilling systems can identify the part they are working on with sensor controls and can match the drilling task to the part moving in via the conveyor. This capability adds more complexity and range to the use of a conveyor manufacturing deep hole drilling system as well as how it can benefit a manufacturing system.
Acromatic Deep Hole DrillingĀ has the experience and technology access to help clients adopt deep hole drilling into their assembly lines and conveyor-fed plant footprints. When it’s time to seriously consider the benefits of adding a deep hole drilling system, our team and specialists are ready to help. Call us to find out more.

Contact us to discuss our aerospace and automotive drilling services in Troy, Detroit, Warren, and Southfield, MI. Acromatic Deep Hole Drilling looks forward to working with you!