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DeHoff 1024C Provides Six Spindles for Productive Camshaft Gundrilling

The DeHoff 1024C is a six-spindle gundrilling machine designed for high-volume production of automotive camshafts.

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The DeHoff 1024C, available from Kays Engineering, is a six-spindle gundrilling machine designed for high-volume production of automotive camshafts. The machine is designed to gundrill a hole down the centerline of the camshaft to reduce weight. This enables a Tier 1 automotive supplier to produce lighter camshafts in large volumes for use in newer high-efficiency engines.

The 1024C has a gundrilling diameter capacity of 1" (25.4 mm) and a slide travel of 24" (610 mm). It features six gundrilling spindles on a single machine base and uses adjustable tailstocks and hydraulic workpiece clamping. The camshafts are automatically loaded and unloaded using a lift-and-carry material handling system.

The machine features steel box ways and hand-scraped mating components (instead of linear guideways and milled surfaces). These components are said to provide superior vibration damping, extended tool life and improved surface finish, the company says.

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