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After switching from a competitors tapping unit to an ATS unit, we’ve run millions of parts and substantially reduced maintenance & operating costs. We have since converted all our tapping dies to ATS tapping units.
We’ve used ATS tapping units for the last 20 years, finding service & customer support to be exemplary. We’ve found the latest generation of ATS units too be the most compact, durable and designer friendly we’ve experienced.
After experiencing an alarming number of failures with a competitors tapping unit, we mounted an ATS unit in one of our existing tapping dies, With the ATS tapping unit we were able to increase our per tap numbers from 30 thousand parts per tap to 90 thousand parts per tap and were able to use standard taps priced at $8.00 each, compared to custom taps priced at $30.00 each. We have run in excess of 50 million pcs. lowering maintenance and operating costs to a small fraction of what they were.
We looked at all the in-die tapping options available and only one could meet our specifications. We bought that first 2-spindle ATS unit in 1996 and it paid for itself within the first year. We were so pleased with those savings and the units flawless performance that we have purchased thirteen more units since then with 1,2,3 or 5 spindles. We currently have eight progressive dies in use with eleven “bottom-up” tappers and three “top-down” units tapping up to six million pieces per spindle per year.