HP5D Horizontal Bore, Dowel, and Panel Grooves2024-06-11T11:15:05-06:00


Horizontal Bore, Dowel, and Panel Grooves

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HP5D Advantages:

  • Quick, accurate assembly of TFL doors.
  • Elimination of complicated machine setup.
  • Perform multiple machining operations on one machine reducing the amount of time the part is being transferred.
  • Gain production times on CNC routers and Point to Points by shifting boring, doweling and grooving to the HP5D.

 Category: Dowel Insertion Machines

The HP5D is designed to machine parts used in TFL (thermally fused laminate), TFM (thermally fused melamine), paper wrapped, vinyl wrapped or thermofoil doors.

The model HP5D is a horizontal point to point bore and dowel insertion and panel groove machining center. It is designed to CNC position a drill spindle, bore a hole, then CNC position the dowel inserter, inject glue or water (for pre-glued dowels), and insert the dowel into the hole. As well as cut a panel groove in the center section of the inside edge of the door stile and the entire inside edge of the door rail material.

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HP5D Machine Description

Our dowel insertion machine is a customizable line of horizontal point to point machining centers designed for boring, gluing, doweling, and panel grooving.

Pillar’s bore and dowel machines are designed to CNC position the spindle, then CNC position the dowel inserter, inject glue or water (for pre-glued dowels), and insert the dowel into the hole, providing a cycle time of 10 seconds for each bore, glue and dowel insertion when the holes are spaced at 64 mm intervals. Add 15-30 seconds for grooves. Custom designs are available, as the HP5D can be outfitted with multiple horizontal and vertical spindles, horizontal dowel inserters, and hardware inserters.

Standard Operation

Place a part into the work zone referencing the back and side fences. The palm button is pressed, and the clamps secure the part into place. The machining is now ready to begin in the work zone. There are two fixed zones and two pop up zones standard in the base model HP5D allowing for pendulum processing. While the one part is being machined, the other zone(s) can be loaded and queued for machining.

A standard HP5D is equipped with a single horizontal drill and glue/dowel insertion unit that is set up for 8 mm diameter dowels. The HP5D has 4 work zones, standard, with the left and right fences removable for the processing of longer length panels.

In addition to machining Stiles and Rails this machine can be used as a standard dowel machine.

What the HP5D Does

rail and stile cross section

The HP5D is typically used to perform the following operations:

1. Drill and dowel rail ends.
2. Cut panel groove on the inside edge of the rails.
3. Drill for dowel holes and cut panel groove on stiles.
4. Standard horizontal drill and dowel work for cabinet construction.

Pillar Machine Touchscreen Interface

Touchscreen Interface

A 15″ Industrial Color Touchscreen is used to write and store programs.

The 15″ touch screen monitor makes viewing the specific parameters of a program easy.

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Pillar Operator Interface Screen

Note: Image may not necessarily depict final Operator Interface and is only used as an example of an Operator Interface Screen.


The on-screen graphics of the operator interface have been designed to allow for quick programming at the machine. Typically, programs can be written and recalled in less than one minute. The Interface is open architecture allowing it to integrate with design software that can give hole locations in the form of a .xml file or a bar code (with bar code reader purchase found in options).


Standard Features in the software include:

1. Graphic interface to show where holes are to be drilled and if a dowel is to be inserted.
2. Parametric Programming.
3. Pattern Drilling/Inserting.
4. Password protection of certain features/functions.
5. Online diagnostic capability (if machine is connected to an internet connection).
6. Toggle between Metric or Imperial programing parameters.

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Pillar HPJ/HP5D Maintenance Screen

Note: Image may not necessarily depict final Operator Interface and is only used as an example of a Maintenance Screen.


A Maintenance Screen gives you the ability to manage inputs, outputs and machine offsets.

From this screen you can manually trigger all outputs as well as visually see if the machine is seeing the inputs correctly. You also set the machine parameters that are not as communally used such as fence and spindle offsets from this screen.

Because this screen is password protected you can be selective with who you grant access to it.

industrial computer

Industrial Computer (Windows 10)


Video: on board
Ethernet 1 x PCIE Broadcom GbE (or similar)
USB: 2 x USB 2.0 (or similar)
Serial Port: 1 x RS-232 (or similar)
100-240 VAC External Power adapter (or similar)
Windows 10 operating system

Note: photo may not represent the exact computer to be used in the machine.

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Installation & Training

One day of installation is included in price of machinery.

Customer Responsibilities:
1. Floor preparation per your needs.
2. All power supply connection per national and local codes and standards.
3. Any necessary pneumatic connections and supply.
4. Moving of the equipment which could require forklift(s), rigging, and labor.
5. Materials and tooling needed for machine testing, training, or adjusting.


The machine will ship fully assembled, and nearly functional. Pillar Machine expects the machinery to be in place, and all the necessary utilities to have already been brought to the machine before the technician arrives. The technician will finish preparing the machine to run and instruct any machine operators in how to maintain and operate the machine properly.

Should the machine not be ready at the time of the technician’s arrival, Pillar Machine reserves the right to charge up to $1000 for itinerary changes in the case of a complete cancellation of the installation, Pillar Machine will charge the full $1600 per day rate plus all travel expenses for the return visit.


Training should be attended by all individuals that need to understand how the machine functions including all Management personnel, Team Leaders, Operators and Maintenance personnel. If this machine is going in operation for multiple shifts per day, we suggest having all personal from those shifts attend this training session as well. If this is not possible and they need to be trained from the factory technician, please ask your Pillar Machine sales representative to add an additional day of training.


Notes: One day of technician time is defined no less than 6 hours on-site. The technician will spend the first few hours getting the machine setup correctly and the remaining time training.

If you have purchased a custom machine that has custom tooling you have purchased, make sure to have the tooling onsite and ready for installation, prior to the installer arriving. If we purchased the tooling, it will be on your machine. Have your samples ready for the installer.

The technician has planned the day(s) to install the machine and do any training of the machine as indicated in the contract. Having your appropriate tools and equipment needed to do the install and training will provide you and the technician a smooth install.

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Made In The USA

All Pillar Machine Machines are built 100% at our Salt Lake City Factory.

The benefits of purchasing an American made machine extend far beyond simply supporting the “local” economy.

Additional benefits include:

  • All parts are sourced from vendors in North America.
  • Parts availability is increased and assures honest pricing.
  • Real Factory Support.
    When technical assistance is required you can often talk directly to the people that built, wired, and tested your machine.
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1 Year Warranty

Pillar Machine warrants to the original purchaser of the Pillar Machine Machinery that this product will be free from defects in material or workmanship, when purchased, and under proper, normal use, for one (1) year from the original date of delivery. Original purchaser understands that the machine warranty is only applicable to machines that are or were paid in full within 60 days of the original delivery date.

The full defined warranty can be found here: https://pillarmachine.com/pillar-service/#warranty 

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