- Tapping is the action of creating a thread in a piece of material, most commonly metal such as steel or aluminum. AGAM does approximately 1 million tapping cycles a year for various parts and multiple applications for its customers.
AGAM owns 2 semi-automatic tapping machines.
Depending on the tap, the operator will change the tapping head, with a pitch matching the tap size. After tapping is completed on the part, the machine has an automatic reverse cycle to extract the tap from the part.
- These machines have a powerful motor, driving multiple heads to complete 3 taps in one cycle. Such jigging aligns the parts perfectly and warrants accurate operations.
Flex Tapping Machines
AGAM also operates 3 flex tapping machines. Such machines eliminate setup in a conventional milling machine, and reduce material handling by articulating the tapping head over the work piece.
- Typically, AGAM will cut thousands of parts on the Laser Cutting Center. Then, on such sheets of parts, an operator will tap each individual hole cut to the proper size.
- Such arms are air-powered, and have a self-reverse mode to extract the tap from the piece.
Prior to tapping, a hole needs to be drilled at a lower diameter, slightly larger than the minor diameter of the corresponding male thread.
- The above chart illustrates the drill size for a tap for the metric system.
Alternatively, this second chart corresponds with the imperial system.