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Intelligent Flexible Fixturing System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
32682
Program Year/Program:
1996 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
32682
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ACT Research Corporation
16 Walnut Street, Suite 43 Arlington, MA 02174
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1996
Title: Intelligent Flexible Fixturing System
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $99,137.00
 

Abstract:

Two approaches are proposed to attack the problems of fixturing process. First, a novel hardware holding system, Dexterous Vise, is proposed. Functionally, a single Dexterous Vise is capable of revealing four faces of the clamped workpiece to the cutting tool without re-fixturing, which actually increases one degree of freedom to the machine tool. A pair of Dexterous Vises, the "Dual-Vise", enable revealing all six faces of the cutting tool without actual re-fixturing, which adds two degree of freedom to the machine tool. Second, a computer software based method for aiding and systematizing the procedure of fixture selection and allocation is to be developed, based on the previous work Intelligent Workstation Intiative. In combination, the Intelligent Flexible Fixturing System can shorten fixture planning time, reduce setup time, reduce the need for re-gaging and tool resetting.

Principal Investigator:

Che-chih Tsao
6176217181

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Act Research Corp
One Kendall Square, Suite 2200 Cambridge, MA 02139

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No