Drilling operations are commonly performed using one of two machine formats. First, stand-alone drill machines offer vertical machining operations including drilling, tapping, and other spindle operations. This process delivers highly accurate holes, without exposing workpieces to damage from heat-affected zones.
A second machine format integrates drilling capability into an X-Y plasma, laser, or plate processing machine. By bringing these processes together, fabricators can enjoy superior productivity thanks to reduced material handling time and improved part quality. In addition, these integrated machines save on floor space.