Tombstone Application - Bombardier Aerospace
When Drew Hanus, Bombardier's Methods Engineer, had a project requiring increased productivity, he turned to Advanced Machine & Engineering (AME) for Assistance. He was already familiar with their products and had previous experience with AME. Dietmar Goellner, President & CEO of AME, Alvin Goellner, Fixturing Group Product Manager, and Jim Park, AME's representative in Wichita, visited Hanus at the Wichita facility.
Bombardier was running 240 different parts through a cell comprised of four horizontal, 4-axis machines with a 28-pallet system and one vertical, 5-axis machine with an 8-pallet system. AME's team of experts demonstrated the advantages of sub-plates with hardened precision bushings and hardened threaded inserts on a 2-inch grid system. Hanus needed to change parts quickly from one set-up to the next, so he was shown grid tombstones and plates along with modular components, which would allow him to locate and align very accurately and quickly on a 2-inch precision grid system. Hanus purchased several full-grid tombstones to be used with their palletized system along with sub-plates, components, and precision dowel screws, which can be used for locating fixture plates onto tombstones or their pallets for quick changeover.