Lexington Cutter’s Vice President of Sales Junita St Esprit and Vice President of Technical Services Jim Trammell were invited by Jason Mathis of Max Tool to evaluate an application at Briggs and Stratton. The goal was to reduce tooling cost in a project that used custom carbide step drills on large runs of cast iron flywheels.
Lexington Cutter designed a custom carbide tipped step drill that was priced nearly 50 percent lower than the previous drill used by Briggs and Stratton, but achieved 10 times the performance. The tool produced 11,000 parts per tool, compared to just 1,100 parts for the tool it replaced.
The previous tool generated a tooling cost of $0.454 per part, compared to just $0.0262 per part for the new tool, for a total monthly savings of $12,850.