Valley Machine Shop Increases Manufacturing Efficiency with SmartPATH
Montreal, November 14, 2013 – ICAM Technologies Corporation (ICAM) announces that it has successfully implemented and tested its new SmartPATHTM technology at Valley Machine Shop (VMS). The results yielded a significant increase in programming efficiency and reduction in machine set-up time.
VMS, located in Kent, Washington, manufactures small to large aerospace details and assemblies and has specialized in CNC milling and turning applications for over 30 years.
As part of their post-processing and G-code simulation solution developed by ICAM for its 5-axis Makino A81 machine, VMS has successfully installed SmartPATH that allowed them to reduce programming and set-up time by 50%.
SmartPATH is unique software designed to automatically optimize rapid positioning tool-path motions generated by CAD/CAM systems. This software provides savings both in CNC run-time positioning and in CAD/CAM tool-path preparation.
Rapid positioning motions generated by CAD/CAM software do not take into account machine tool kinematics, workpiece setup and travel limitations and therefore, place the burden of responsibility for safe and efficient positioning onto the NC programmer.
Rapid positioning tool-paths often must be redeveloped and carefully verified by the NC programmer when migrating programs from one CNC machine to another.