6 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Drill/Tap Center

DST36 (3)When it comes to manufacturing, speed and precision are critical factors for success. One way to achieve both is by investing in a 30-taper compact machining center. This versatile piece of equipment can handle drilling, tapping, and other machining operations accurately and efficiently, making it a valuable asset in any manufacturing setting. But with so many options available, how do you know which drill/tap center is right for your business? Here are some factors to consider when making your decision:


The most critical factor to consider when purchasing a drill/tap center is precision. The machine should be able accurately, consistently, and efficiently meet the required quality specifications for your machined parts. A high level of precision is particularly important when working with small or delicate parts.


Another important factor to consider is the machine's speed. The faster the machine can perform its operations, the more parts you can produce in a given amount of time. This factor is particularly important when working with high-volume orders, where time is of the essence.


It's essential to choose a drill/tap center that is flexible enough to handle a wide range of materials and part sizes. This way, you can use the machine for various manufacturing tasks, making it a valuable investment in the long run. The ability to simultaneously machine multiple parts with continuous uptime can also increase the value of your investment; dual-spindle drill/tap centers can be a game changer because they can machine two parts within the footprint of a single machine.


Automation is becoming increasingly important in the manufacturing industry, and a drill/tap center is no exception. Look for machines that come prepared for easy automation, for example, tool changers, pallet/work changers, and the ability to easily retrofit external automation such as robots and gantry loaders. Our DST machines are equipped with gantry doors or other openings for quick and safe part retrieval and designed with a hydraulic interface to make adding a robotic loading arm to your machine much easier.

Ease of use

The drill/tap center should be user-friendly and easy to operate. The machine's interface and controls should be intuitive, making it easy for your team to program and operate the machine without extensive training.


The drill/tap center should be reliable and durable, with minimal downtime and maintenance costs. A reliable machine will minimize production delays and help ensure that your orders are completed on time.

Investing in a drill/tap center can be a smart move for manufacturers looking to increase speed, open up capacity, and diversify their operations. When choosing a machine, consider each of these factors and make sure the machine you choose best meets your priorities. By selecting the right drill/tap center for your business, you can streamline your manufacturing processes while increasing productivity and profitability. Contact us today to find out how adding a Nomura DT 30-taper compact machining center to your machine floor can boost your operation!

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