The end-user is manufacturing pipe extensions, made out of steel forgings that are180 BHN. The machine is an Okuma 20 HP lathe with only 50 PSI thru-tool water-soluble coolant.
Previously the customer was using a Mitsubishi 2-3/16" diameter IC Drill, followed by 18 boring passes removing only .100" on diameter at a time. The finished hole diameter was 4", and the depth was 7.5”. They were running at the following parameters: 650 RPM, .005 IPR, with a cycle time of 1.5 hours. Cycle time was clearly an issue with this customer, so they asked if Allied could do better.
Allied suggested the Revolution Drill™, item # R58x25-200L, a 4" diameter adjustable IC drill 2.5XD. It was recommended to run at a speed of 350 RPM, 366 SFM, and .005 IPR. The outcome was very pleasing to this customer. The Revolution Drill™ cut the cycle time by half, from 1.5 hours to 45 minutes.
Allied provided a real solution to the customer’s problem. The Allied Revolution Drill reduced the customer’s cycle time by 50%. Using the same machine, customer was able to significantly improve the profitability of this application. This allows them to be more competitive in today’s global environment. By simply upgrading their tooling, they achieved peak performance from existing capital equipment.