Suhner Industrial Products Corp. (Rome, GA) has introduced machining units with special guards that protect mechanical and electrical components against contamination from fiberglass dust and fibers, as well as dust from composite and 3D printed products. Suhner offers automated drilling, boring, tapping, threading and other tools for high-production environments on these products throughout North America.
When drilling high quality holes into sheet metal composites and dissimilar material stacks of resin bonded fibers or 3D printed polymer substrates, for example, these dust-protected machining units are an ideal solution. They are universal and can be positioned everywhere alongside the workpiece for precision, automatic machining. Regardless of the complexity of the workpiece or the number of operations that need to be performed, all machining units work at the same time and only the longest operation defines the total cycle time, when the units are used in multiple setups.