AMF’s Tube Laser has given the company an incredible tool to fabricate high-end maintenance platforms for the customers like the US Airforce.
These platforms, without disclosing too much information, were designed to assemble with light gauge tubing so that they can easily roll in and away from the aircraft. Even more, the custom-shaped platforms have been designed and fabricated so that they can fit, jigsaw-puzzle-like, into tight-quartered & specific spaces next to the Airforce’s amazing jets.
These tight-fitting platform designs allow the maintenance teams safe and speedy access into areas of the plane that were, before, hard to reach. The improved ergonomics also improve the maintenance productivity and safety significantly.
The tube-skeleton platforms require very precise hole and slot alignment that would have required custom milling with multiple setups. Now, using AMF’s tube laser, we can do that effortlessly with one setup.
The Tube Lasers, on this job, cuts small and long slots perfectly and easily. In addition, slots and holes can be cut with one setup and, as the video showcase, even tapped holes are no problem—again, all with one setup.
Dozens and dozens of individual tube assemblies on these platforms can now be done in a few short hours—which, using the old process of saw-cutting and milling, would have taken four or five times that long.
Even better, once the tube materials are cut, they fit precisely together making the fit-up and welding 30-40% faster.
AMF has delivered many of these types of platforms with fantastic success.
AMF is doing similar work for companies all over the country.
Tube assemblies used to fabricate test stands, maintenance platforms, custom material racks, and custom fixtures are all fabricated assemblies that AMF loves to manufacture!
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