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SGS helped one customer significantly reduce job cost by increasing tool life and decreasing cycle time per part with their Hi-PerCarb drill.

Goals

The goal of this study was to significantly reduce job cost by increasing tool life and decreasing cycle time per part.

Strategy

SGS provided the new Hi-PerCarb® 143M-S internal coolant drill due to its proven performance and chip control in stainless steel applications. The single margin design was engineered to combat many of the issues commonly encountered during high production drilling.

Conclusion

The customer was able to achieve the primary goal of reducing cycle time which lead to a noticeable increase in tool life. With greater tool life comes decreased tool change cost along with a total reduction in machining cost. The efficiencies gained ultimately netted the customer a reduction in total machining cost per part of over 84%.

Results

Adding the Hi-PerCarb® 143M-S internal coolant drill to the customer’s tooling arsenal resulted in an 88% improvement in cycle time. The 143M-S was able to produce over 8 holes for every hole produced by the competitor’s drill and the customer saw a 66% improvement in tool life. After the job was complete, the customer saw a total cost savings of over $17,000 and a total cost reduction of 84%.

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KYOCERA SGS Precision Tools, Inc., formerly known as the SGS Tool Company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of KYOCERA Corporation, was originally founded in 1951 and is an ISO-certified leader of round solid carbide cutting tool technology for the aerospace, metalworking, and automotive industries. Today, it is best known for its solid carbide high performance end mills and drills. However, it is also well known for its stainless steel medical tools and technically advanced, proprietary PVD coatings. KYOCERA SGS Precision Tools, with manufacturing sites in the United States and United Kingdom, aggressively services its customers through a global network of Sales Representatives, Industrial Distributors, and Agents that sell into more than 60 countries.

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