Case Studies

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Eliminating Manual Deburring of a Steering Column Component

Posted on: December 6, 2017
Tags: COFA, Automotive, Steel, Deburring

A subcontractor to the automotive industry used to deburr a fork laboriously by hand. The fork is part of the steering column. Faced with the problem that the manual deburring was too time-consuming and that it became a bottle neck in the production process, the company set out to look for a new solution.

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Knee replacement system

A Better Quality Knee Replacement with Automated Deburring

Posted on: November 29, 2017
Tags: COFA, Deburring, Cobalt-Chromium Alloy, Medical

An artificial joint manufacturer in the medical technology field was not happy with the existing manual deburring solution of a crossbore in a knee replacement part and the quality of the parts being produced. As demand for the product increased and the manufacturer was faced with an increasing number of bores to be deburred, the quality of the product began to decrease. 

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back implant

Deburring/Chamfering Polyether Ketone (PEEK) Bores of Back Implants

Posted on: November 29, 2017
Tags: COFA, SNAP, Deburring, Chamfering, Medical, Polyether Ketone (PEEK)

The customer was looking for a solution to deburr/chamfer bores of back implants for the medical industry. The material, PEEK (Polyether ketone), posesses a very high continuous service temperature, stiffness and hardness as well as a unique high tensile strength. The material is very similar to the human bone.

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Automating Cross Hole Deburring on a Hydraulic Component

Posted on: November 29, 2017
Tags: Precision Machining, Steel, Cross Hole Deburring, COFA-X

A manufacturer of hydraulic components and fittings was looking for a more efficient and safer deburring solution for the cross hole of a ball valve. The goal was to automate the process and eliminate the tedious and time-consuming work of removing the burrs of the bore edge by hand with a brush.

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Back Spotfacing in Inconel 718 on an Aircraft Component

Posted on: November 29, 2017
Tags: Aerospace, Counterboring, BSF, Spotfacing, Nickel, Inconel

An aerospace manufacturer was machining 30 back spot facings in a component made of Inconel 718 for some years. To do this, the part needed to be set up several times because of the poor accessability of the bores. Countersinks were carried out by a box column drill. For the other counterbores, he used a counterbore tool with a plug-in head for the back bore machining. The process time amounted to approx. 6 hours for one component. His goal was to simply speed up this process. Due to the very demanding material and the difficulty of accessing the machining spots, the customer was very skeptical with regard to new solutions.

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countersinks on a tractor component

Countersinking Bores for a Tractor Component

Posted on: November 17, 2017
Tags: Steel, SOLO, Heavy Equipment, Countersinking

A major heavy equipment manufacturer was looking for a solution to produce countersinks on bores for a gear component on a tractor.

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chainwheeldrum

Reducing Labor Applying Spotfaces to a Nickel Chain Wheel Drum

Posted on: October 9, 2017
Tags: Precision Machining, Spotfacing, Nickel, SOLO

A subcontractor to the engineering industry was looking for a solution to apply back spot faces for the bolting that does the job without the time-consuming reclamping of the workpiece. The time used for the reclamping amounted to approximately 1 hour per workpiece (not including alignment and zeroing).

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Deburring a Fuel Pump Component on a Rocket Engine

Posted on: October 9, 2017
Tags: COFA, Aerospace, Cobalt-Iron Alloy, Deburring

This aerospace manufacturer was looking for a solution for deburring three through-holes with four bore edges each for a fuel pump component on a rocket. 

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common-rail-snap2

Automating Back Deburring in High Production Automotive Manufacturing

Posted on: October 9, 2017
Tags: Automotive, Precision Machining, Steel, SNAP, Deburring

A precision machining supplier to the automotive industry who produces more than 1 million common rails per year was looking for a solution to automate the back deburring of a low pressure bore.

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cylinderheadbsf

Applying Counterbores to an Aluminum Cylinder Head in One Operation

Posted on: October 9, 2017
Tags: Automotive, Aluminum, Counterboring, BSF

A manufacturer of motorsport engines was looking for a cost-effective solution for the application of counterbores.

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