This manufacturer was reaming a bore on a steering fork made out of case-hardened steel on a horizontal index lathe. The bore diameter was 15-0,027 mm with a pre reaming operation of drilling, prebore Ø14,8mm. The yearly production of this steering fork was 100,000 parts.
Material: Steel / case hardened steel
Machine: Index lathe, horizontal, tool rotating
Bore diameter: 15 -0.027 mm
Bore type: 2 bores in line, interrupted cut, irregular bore entry and exit
Pre-reaming operations: Drilling, prebore Ø14.8mm
Yearly production: 100,000 parts
Here was the original process:
The customer was using an expandable monoblock reamer supplied by a competitor, the reamer was carbide tipped with a TiAIN coating and a negative bevel lead. This reamer was achieving tool life of 1500-2000 parts after 3 total reamer expansions.
Tool: Expandable monoblock reamer
Cutting material: Carbide tipped, TiAlN coated
Bevel lead: Negative bevel lead
Tool life: 1500 – 2000 parts (reamer expanded 3 times)
After reviewing the project, the reaming experts at Monaghan Tooling Group and Diatool worked together to recommend an expandable monoblock reamer with through coolant. The reamer was carbide tipped and ATN coated with a special geometry bevel lead G09K08.
Tool: Expandable monoblock reamer similar type 3461, with through coolant
Cutting material: Carbide tipped, ATN coated
Bevel lead: Special geometry G09K08
Vc: = 80 m/min ( 262 SFM)
n = 1700 RPM
f entry = 0.4 mm/rev ( 0.015 IPR )
f rest = 0.5 mm/rev (0.019 IPR )
Coolant: Water Soluble Oil
Tool Life: 12,000 parts and 48,000 bores
Tool Life Improvement:+500%
After working with the Monaghan and Diatool team, this manufacturer was able to achieve over a 500% improvement in tool life.
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