Flamecut Weldments: Original T-A® 
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The Challenge

The customer machines flamecut A36 mild steel plate weldments using a radial arm drill machine with flood coolant.

Because this drilling operation was ineffective, the customer requested a solution to improve performance.

The Original T-A significantly improved the customer’s process, providing substantial cost savings from multiple areas of the operation.

Product: Original T-A
Objective: Improve performance
Industry: Structural steel/fabricator
Part: Flamecut weldments
Material: A36 mild steel plate
Hole Ø: 2.5" (63.5mm)
Hole Depth: 4.0" (101.6mm)

The Solution
The Original T-A Drill
  • Holder: 22050S-005I
  • Insert: 135T-0216
Measure Competitor Drill Original T-A
RPM 60 115
Feed Rate 0.003 IPR (0.076 mm/rev) 0.012 IPR (0.305 mm/rev)
Penetration Rate 0.18 IPM (4.572 mm/min) 1.38 IPM (35.052 mm/min)
Cycle Time 22 min 13 sec 2 min 54 sec
Tool Life 75 holes 300 holes
The T-A offered 86.25% cost per hole savings over the competitor tooling.

The Advantages
The Original T-A provided:
  • 300% tool life increase
  • Decreased cycle time
  • Decreased cost per hole