Boeing Selects ICAM for Post-Processing & Machine Tool Simulation Solutions for Their 787

ICAM Technologies Corporation (ICAM) has been awarded a contract from Boeing Winnipeg (Boeing) to develop leading edge NC post-processing and machine tool simulation solutions for new CNC equipment installations under the 787 program initiatives.

A new Zimmerman 5-Axis mill, trim & drill machine will be equipped with an M-Torres Universal Holding Fixture (UHF), more commonly known as an actuator or pod system. ICAM’s NC post-processing and machine tool simulator, CAM-POST and Virtual Machine, respectively, will be used to manage the complex synchronization requirements of the Zimmermann machine and the UHF.

Boeing will use ICAM’s software to perform forward-looking analysis to ensure that no collisions exist between the cutting tool and the UHF during the machining process. The post-processor will then output the appropriate commands to the M-Torres machine to set the initial height and vacuum conditions for each individual holding fixture.

As a result of this unique NC manufacturing methodology, CATIA V5 design & engineering changes, as well as changes to the part location, become irrelevant to the manufacturing programming process for the Zimmerman / M-Torres UHF. The integrated communication capabilities offer Boeing a uniquely automated NC programming process

Martyn Grist, Manufacturing Process Lead, 787 Program at Boeing Winnipeg stated, “ICAM is our selected technology partner, because of the magnitude of their experiences with advanced multi-axis post-processors, expert knowledge of CATIA V5, current relationships with 787 Program suppliers and their in-depth understanding of our unique programming objectives.”

“This is truly one of the best scenarios demonstrating ICAM’s unique integrated post-processing and machine tool simulation solution,” said Brian Francis, ICAM’s director of R&D. “Simulating the machine during post-processing allows Boeing’s NC programmers to concentrate solely on the manufacturing process, transferring tedious pogo control to the post-processor.”