Here’s one way to ramp up your throughput.
You make money on the parts that come off your machine, so make sure you have the best tooling solutions in place to maximize your throughput. Our customer was experiencing lengthy cycle times while machining aerospace body assembly components from 6061 T6 aluminum. The finished holes required a 24 Ra, so the customer was first reaming the hole and then polishing it to achieve the necessary finish.
The reaming process took 2 minutes 48 seconds to complete, and the polishing added another 5 minutes, giving the customer a total cycle time of nearly 8 minutes. With our Wohlhaupter 320 Boring Head, the cycle time dropped to a quick 16 seconds (a 96% decrease) with a 10 Ra hole finish, eliminating the polishing process altogether.
Not only did the Wohlhaupter tool decrease cycle time and eliminate a process, but it also doubled tool life per insert from 500 parts to 1,000 parts. Overall, the customer’s cost per hole in this application decreased by 88% from $1.07 to $0.13.
With the previous process, the customer produced 500 parts annually. With the Wohlhaupter tooling solution, the customer could produce more parts in less time, increasing their overall production and throughput. Oh, and profit increased too. Don’t just make money - make MORE money by switching to the right tool.
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||Wohlhaupter 320 Boring Head
||(1) Decrease cycle time
(2) Increase throughput
||Body assembly component
||6061 T6 aluminum
Wohlhaupter 320 boring head
- Boring head, 320 series: 320001
- Boring insert: 297872PKDD30
||Ream and Polish
||320 Boring Head
||7 min 48 sec
|Cost Per Hole
The Wohlhaupter 320 boring head provided:
- 96% cycle time decrease
- Doubled the tool life
- Eliminated the secondary polishing operation
- Reduced the cost per hole