Case Studies

back spotfacing on a gear housing

Reducing Production Costs for Machining Inconel Gear Housings

Posted on: November 1, 2018
Tags: Precision Machining, Aerospace, BSF, Spotfacing, Inconel, Back Counterboring

A precision manufacturer focused on the aerospace Industry was using a competitor’s back spotfacing tool for a gear housing, as the Heule BSF had not been introduced at the time his project began. Due to his lack of success with the competitor’s tool (tool breakage as well as insert longevity) the customer was willing to test the HEULE BSF not long after its introduction.

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cross bore deburring crankshaft

Deburring 1:1 Ratio Oil Bores on a Crankshaft

Posted on: October 1, 2018
Tags: Automotive, Precision Machining, Steel, Cross Hole Deburring, COFA-X

A manufacturer was deburring the oil bores on these crankshafts by hand for a large automotive customer. After repeated complaints from the customer, the manufacturer set out to look for a more reliable process for producing higher quality parts. HEULE determined that the application was suitable for the newly-innovated COFA-X, currently the only automated solution available on the market for deburring 1:1 ratio cross bores. 

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wind mill blade hub counterbore tool

Applying Counterbores to a Wind Mill Blade Hub

Posted on: October 1, 2018
Tags: Cast Iron, Counterboring, Energy, Back Counterboring, GH/E

A manufacturer of wind mills discovered HEULE's GH/E tool for applying counterbores to a wind mill blade hub, saving over 12 hours per part to produce.

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finshed hole 2

Deburring Challenging Cross Bores on a Valve Fitting

Posted on: October 1, 2018
Tags: Steel, Deburring, Cross Hole Deburring, COFA-X, X-Bores

A hydraulics manufacturer was able to reduce production costs and eliminate manual deburring using HEULE's X-Bores technology to deburr complex cross bores. 

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alum wheel

Combining Drilling, Deburring, Chamfering, and Countersinking on an Aluminum Wheel Valve Hole

Posted on: May 23, 2018
Tags: Automotive, Aluminum, VEX-S, Drilling, SNAP, Deburring, Countersinking, Chamfering

A manufacturer producing approximately 800,000 aluminum wheels for the automotive industry each year was looking for a more cost-effective and efficient solution to produce valve holes that would not require turning of the work piece. 

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Motorcycle fork

A More Efficient and Cost-saving Back Counterbore Tool for Motorcycle Parts

Posted on: March 22, 2018
Tags: Automotive, Steel, SOLO, Back Counterboring

A high-volume motorcycle manufacturer that was producing 480 lower fork arm brackets per day was seeking an efficient back counterbore tool.  Their current tool was having issues with tool breakage and required machine down time for insert changes. 

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deburring composites

Deburring Bores in Composite Aircraft Parts

Posted on: March 7, 2018
Tags: COFA, Aerospace, Deburring, Composite

There are two major challenges to machining composites: one is to cut the fibers neatly without fraying; the other is that the abrasiveness of the material leads to heavy wear on the cutting edge of the tool blade. HEULE worked with this aircraft manufacturer to develop a cost-effective solution (a tool with a long blade life) that would also deburr the bore neatly. 

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afterangledsurface4

Deburring Bores on Hard-to-Reach Irregular Surfaces

Posted on: February 12, 2018
Tags: COFA, Automotive, Steel

A  manufacturer of V-8 crankshafts was faced with the challenge of deburring a main bore that broke into seven different surfaces, some of which were angled/irregular. They needed a tool solution that would reach all the large exit bores on the hard-to-reach surfaces of the part.

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Spotfaces in cast iron

A Stronger and More Reliable Spotface Tool for Machining Iron

Posted on: February 2, 2018
Tags: BSF, Spotfacing, Heavy Equipment

A precision machining shop focused on earth moving, rail, highway engines, power generation, and construction markets was using another company’s back spotfacing tool, but came to HEULE after continuous problems with tool breakage after less than 10 holes while manufacturing a cast iron engine pulley.

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sprocket wheel

Saving 34% Cycle Time on a Sprocket Wheel

Posted on: January 11, 2018
Tags: Automotive, Precision Machining, Steel, Drilling, Deburring, VEX-P, Chamfering

A subcontracting company to the automotive and the fittings industry produces a range of components such as flanges, sprockets and drive shafts and was looking for a solution to reduce cycle time for drilling, deburring, and chamfering a sprocket wheel. 

Previously, the customer used a full carbide drill for the hole and a front and back deburring tool for removal of the burrs. The cycle time for all 12 bores amounted to 320 seconds. Since the deburring tool failed to produce a consistent chamfer, the sprockets had to be reworked manually outside of the machine.

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