WDO Drill, XPF Tap, VGx End Mill - Total Solution Video

The versatility of the EXOCARB® WDO Drills, EXOPRO® XPF Taps and HY-PRO® VGx End Mills makes this dynamic trio an unstoppable force.

Whether drilling, tapping or milling, the unique design of these tools allows them the ability to machine a wide range of materials from cast aluminum and carbon steels to die steels and hardened materials, making them an ideal solution for job shops and manufacturers requiring flexible tooling options.




HELIOS® Drill: No Pecking or Coolant-Through Required

David Whitmire, District Manager



There are many things that can hold job shops back, from tight tooling budgets to non-coolant through machines.  On a recent visit to a customer located in Overton, TX, the owner of a medium sized job shop had expressed a major concern regarding one of his drilling operations.  The OSG solution easily solved both these issues and more.

 

The customer was trying to drill a 7/16” diameter hole, 9” deep in alloy steel using a competitor’s high-speed steel drill, running at 525 RPM and a feed rate of 0.003 IPR. With that tool, at those parameters, they were pecking every 0.050” to get the chips out of the hole, which added considerable time to the process; it was taking approximately 22 to 25 minutes to drill just one hole.

Based on the cutting conditions and the trouble they were having with pecking, I knew that this was a great application for the OSG HELIOS® Drill. OSG’s V-Series HELIOS® drill is a high-speed, cobalt drill designed for deep-hole drilling. The unique design and patented technology of this drill gives it the ability to process deep holes without the use of internal coolant supply. State-of-the-art flute design improves chip evacuation, making it feasible to drill up to 20D without pecking. By utilizing OSG’s WXL® coating, the V-Series HELIOS® drill can handle a wide range of materials with up to three times greater wear resistance versus conventional coatings.

 

Upon explaining the benefits of this high performance drill, informing the customer that we had a HELIOS® 7/16” x 20D drill available off the shelf with the required flute length and that we could run it at 837 RPM and 0.008 IPR, he immediately ordered two test drills.

 

As soon as the drills were delivered, I received a call from the machine operator wanting to verify the speeds and feeds before running the drills. After I confirmed that 837 RPM and 0.008 IPR was indeed accurate, his first comment was that he didn’t think the HELIOS® Drill would make it through one hole, but he proceeded with the testing based on those parameters.  

 

When the operator couldn’t hear any noise on the first hole, he was sure the drill was already broken, but to his amazement, the drill was still in the machine when the cycle ended. Even then, the operator continued to be skeptical. It wasn’t until the HELIOS® drilled 100 holes and all the parts were completed that he was finally sold on this dynamic drill. The operator himself admitted that the HELIOS® Drill had dramatically reduced cycle time and saved three days of machine time alone.


When all was said and done, by eliminating all the pecking required with the other drill, we reduced the total drill cycle time from 25 minutes to 1.5 minutes per part. This didn’t even take into account the cost savings, which was estimated to be nearly $30,000 based on the 5,000 holes the shop was scheduled to drill.

 

OSG’s HELIOS® drill was able to help this customer improve their machining process and produce more parts off the machine per day. Plus, the HELIOS® Drill is a fraction of the price compared to solid carbide drills, making it a more economical solution with the flexibility to be used on non coolant-through machining centers.



EXOCARB®-WDO Drill Video

The OSG EXOCARB®-WDO Drill is an ultra-premium coolant-through carbide drill, ideal for a variety of work materials, from stainless and alloy steels to die steels and more.

 

This drill features OSG's proprietary WD1 coating providing higher hardness and heat resistance, allowing for increased speed and feed rates.

 

Available from 3xD up to 30xD, the EXOCARB®-WDO Drill is the perfect solution for any number of applications.