A Reliable Solution Built For Decades

Hickenbottom inlets are utilized in a variety of commercial, recreational, agricultural, and municipal applications. Each inlet is made of high-density polyethylene insuring the longevity and durability of the product. They needed the same in the machine that drills them with the versatility to drill a wide range of inlet sizes.

The client needed a multiple spindle drilling machine to drill twenty (20) 1-1/4″ holes in a 24″ HDPE inlet pipe and also capable to drill their current 12″ (15″ OD), 15″ (18″ OD), 24″ (29 1/2″ OD) and possibly 36″ inlets in the future. Reliability and longevity was a paramount concern.

Hydraulic, Pneumatic, and Automatic

Hypneumat, pronounced “Hi-New-Mat, provides high speed drilling and tapping units pneumatically, hydraulically or servo driven, as well as multi-spindle drilling and tapping heads. Hypneumat offers an array of custom fixed spindle multi-head configurations, adjustable gear driven heads, universal joint heads and clutch tappers.

In 1942 Earl Putrow, a self-taught inventor living in Northern Wisconsin, was selling motors, belts, pulleys and tooling gadgets through his garage-based company, Putrow Industrial Supply.

Earl would display his wares at all key trade shows. At these shows, he would bring along a showpiece item he dubbed “The Hypneumat”. The Hypneumat was cleverly coined from three existing words: hydraulic, pneumatic and automatic.

Putrow’s Hypneumat was the first high-speed automatic drilling and tapping unit. The invention is a classic case of the right product at the right time. Production plants in the 1940’s were looking to the power of industrial automation for time-saving solutions. The innovative Hypneumat fit the bill.

Within a year after developing the Hypneumat, the confident Putrow made a bold move and established a company by the same name, Hypneumat, Inc.

Since that time, Hypneumat, Inc. has developed into the leading supplier of automatic drilling and tapping units, which customers find in nearly every major manufacturing industry throughout the world.

Over the years, the accuracy and durability of the units have been improved, and the same sturdy, simple design of Earl Putrow’s original Hypneumat is found at the heart of the more than a dozen basic designs and countless customizations available.

With the 2007 acquisition of the Commander and SNOW product lines and the addition of contract machining services, Hypneumat, Inc. continues to innovate and position itself to meet the many needs of its customers.

The company prides themselves on the well-trained craftsmen and journeymen machinists who work at Hypneumat. Personal pride and integrity are part of every operation, from order taking to shipping.

Hypneumat has had to adapt to the evolution of CNC machining centers eating into the dedicated machinery market, over the past 25 years. This was accomplished by creatively designing automation solutions that can handle high volume requirements with a flexibility that provides additional options for the end user. The last 3 to 5 years has seen a resurgence in dedicated drilling and tapping needs, and Hypneumat has positioned itself for those opportunities.

The Delivery

Hypneumat designed and built a machine with a DQ56E series feed unit powered by a high efficiency on demand hydraulic power package and 7.5HP spindle motor. This drilling unit drives a custom 20 spindle adjustable heavy duty multi-head, drilling twenty (20) 1-1/4” holes in high-density polyethylene inlet tubes.

The fixture is setup to rotate the part for drilling perimeter holes in inlet tubes and is designed to incorporate inlet diameters ranging from 12” to 48”. This machine is also capable of a wide range of rapid advance and retract speeds as well as variable drill feed rates. The drilling unit and multi-head are mounted to framework that can be raised or lowered to accommodate different inlet sizes.

About Hypneumat, Inc.

Hypneumat, Inc. is a privately owned ISO9001 company located in Franklin, Wisconsin. Hypneumat equipment is utilized to drill and tap all types of metals and plastics, and serves nearly all major manufacturing industries throughout the world, such as automotive, aerospace and oil.

How can Hypneumat help your production efficiency?

For more information, visit www.hypneumat.com or contact info@hypneumat.com.

Hypneumat, Inc.
5900 W. Franklin Dr.
Franklin, WI 53132
P: (414) 423-7400