KDP – Automatic Drilling System
Built-to-order automatic drill systems. Customized to work the way you need them to.
Ideal for aluminum, steel and composites, tubular and flat bar materials, the Kentucky Gauge KDP series of drilling systems will increase your efficiency in producing high quality parts in an efficient and lean manner. With varying horse power options and two speed stroke control, a customized drilling solution can be provided to meet your specific requirements.
All drilling systems are built-to-order and customized to meet your drilling requirements.
Check out the photos and videos below to see a few examples of the drilling systems we’ve manufactured.
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5-Micron Linear Encoder – Non-Contact and Wear-Free
Our linear encoders boast a resolution of 0.005mm, allowing you to achieve unparalleled length accuracies. The non-contact nature of these encoders ensures high-accuracy measurements for a lifetime.
Unlike rotary encoders, there are no moving parts. All the mechanical components found in rotary encoders (flange, shaft, bearings, etc.) are not needed, which eliminates mechanical failures.
Self-Feeding Pneumatic Drilling Units
Each pneumatic drilling unit is designed specifically for production drilling (and tapping) operations. With varying capacity and size options available, a drilling unit is available for any application that requires holes from 1/32″ to 2″ or larger!
Rack and Pinion Drive – Rugged and Reliable
Unlike belt drive systems, our rack and pinion drive isn’t prone to wear or fatigue. Moreover, we’re not limited by the belt length. We can build these systems to measure ANY LENGTH that you require.
Fully Programmable with I/O's for Multiple Drill Heads
Our controllers are fully programmable to do exactly what you need them to do. The controllers are simple to program at the keypad without requiring specialized training. If you require nesting and optimization, programs can be optimized using Excel and downloaded to the controllers using our supplied software.
We also include a free-standing controller stand that allows you to place the controller where it’s most convenient for your operators.
Hydrospeed Feed Controls
The HydroSpeed unit provides rapid advance and precise control during the critical drilling process and breakthrough.
PeckFeed units are available for deep hole drilling where the depth of the hole requires that you remove the tooling to clear the chips or drilling debris.
Clean Hole Breakthrough
Utilizing the hydrospeed feed control and proper RPM settings, you can minimize a secondary deburring process with a very clean hole breakthrough.
Proximity Sensors for Stroke Control
All drilling systems come standard with adjustable proximity sensors to provide end-of-stroke control and proof of stroke return. These allow the operator to precisely control the drill stroke to provide the most efficient cycle time possible.
Customized to Fit Your Needs
Need to drill and tap? NO PROBLEM.
Need to drill on multiple planes? NO PROBLEM.
You tell us what you need and dedicated production team will make it happen.
LCD controller with fractional display available on request.
|0.001″, 0.01mm, 1/64″ (on request)|
Non-contact and wear-free magnetic linear encoder.
|± 0.001″ / 0.01mm|
With varying HP and RPM options, we can provide a turnkey system to automatically drill nearly any hole size and nearly any material type.
|1/32 to 2+”|
For smooth and accurate positioning, our motor drive incorporates acceleration and deceleration speed ramps, which can affect overall speed when pushing heavy weights.
Additional gearbox ratios available to adjust speed and/or pushing capacity
|15-20″ / sec|
Multiple drill sizes available to accommodate the required thrust forces.
|up to 1,000 lbs|
Additional programs can be stored on a PC and downloaded to our controllers using our DAVe software.
|3000 Individual Positions|
Unlike our competitors, we’re not limited to a few standard sizes. We can build our systems to ANY length that you require.
Manuals / Downloads
Due to the large selection of customization options, manuals are provided as general guidelines only. Supplemental material is provided for customized features.
Ideal for tube and pipe drilling, the Skipfeed allows enables a rapid traverse through the void when drilling both walls. This vastly improves the cycle time in tube and pipe drilling applications.
Self-Reversing Tapping Head
Self-reversing tapping heads allow for drilling and tapping operations to be handled with one drill head. The tapping system is capable of any thread configuration within its capacity range without any internal changes. No longer is it necessary to have an individual lead screw for each thread pitch.
Customized Multi-Spindles Heads
Multiple Spindle Heads for gang drilling, tapping, reaming, polishing and brush turning, product spinning, etc. can often be made to the exact pattern and custom design you desire.