Field Proven Software Technology
ICAM has been working with customers to provide efficient and innovative ways to simplify UHF set-up programs that have been developed to dynamically move actuators while avoiding collisions.
ICAM successfully implemented its integrated post-processing & machine simulation solution for different types of UHF systems around the world – some with actuator systems (cylinders going up and down with air vacuum system) as well as 3D clamps used to hold the side of sheet metal or composite sheets.
ICAM’s integrated post-processing & machine simulation solution allows programmers to quickly program various types of UHF systems – what used to take hours or days can now be done in minutes depending on the machining complexity.
What is a UHF System?
A Universal Holding Fixture (UHF) and relative methods corresponds to flexible fixture mechanisms to accommodate a wide range of work-piece contours, geometries, sizes, and configurations. As compared to traditional clamping / holding assemblies that are created for one part and can not be easily used for various different part shapes and dimensions.
Why were UHF Systems Created?
For years organizations were obliged to design and manufacture complex fixtures and tooling in order to properly hold a single free-formed shape. Design, manufacturing, production and storage of these fixture assemblies are very expensive. Currently, companies want to produce small lots of parts on demand and therefore, it is important to find a solution to these expensive fixture systems, especially for large parts like aerospace skin – thus, the birth of UHF Systems.
Videos of Real-Life UHF Programming using ICAM’s Software
ICAM Graphical Post-processing Solution for Forest-Liné Vstar2 Machine equipped with a Flexitool UHF
Post-processing & Machine Simulation for Zimmerman Machine Equipped
with an M-Torres UHF
Post-processing & Machine Simulation for a Modig Chord Trimmer
CMS Cronus Machine – Actuator Device with Real Axes & Actuator
with Pneumatic Axes