2021 ANCA Tool of the Year winners to be announced live at EMO Milano
ANCA Tool of the Year 2021 offers thousands in prize money and global recognition, celebrating the magic of the cutting tool and the experts who create them
ANCA’s industry-first competition is back with the 2021 winners to be announced live at EMO, Milano: a major global trade fair that recognises the magic world of metalworking. Last year the industry welcomed the opportunity to show off their skills with almost 30 entries received from across the world being seen by over 80,000 fans generating over 200,000 engagement on social media. A video announcing the competition ic available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBL8CagvGu4.
Pat Boland, co-founder of ANCA comments: “Our industry thrives thanks to grinders’ expertise. Much of what people use and enjoy in everyday life is due to the hard work and ever increasing technical acumen of these cutting tool makers and as a result we are seeing the complexity of cutting tools increase, improving productivity, tool life and functionality.
“Now in its fourth year, ANCA Tool of the Year has gained significant coverage, raising the profile of cutting tools and those companies who make them. I encourage all cutting tool makers to enter our competition and be recognised on a global stage for your craftmanship and contributions to our industry.“
Ivan Cuscov, plant director at Cerin SpA and first time judge says: “Continuous developments in tool technology have shown us that standard products have become easier and easier to make and the challenge is to create something new, putting creativity into the grinding process. Grinding technology can still be surprising for expert people who work in field every day given turning new ideas into reality is enhanced by an open, flexible software such as ANCA’s iGrind.” Cerin SpA began operating in 1971 and is one of the most reputable Italian manufacturer of carbide precision tools.
ANCA will also showcase the much anticipated AutoMarkX for the first time at EMO. AutoMarkX is an automatic stand-alone laser marking station replacing manual and labour-intensive processes. For more information about what is at ANCA’s stand, visit the EMO page on the website.
Complexity through simplicity: ANCA makes it simple to design and grind complex tools
To find the Tool of the Year customers can submit their favourite tool with the winners being judged and announced live at EMO. There will be two competition categories to recognise both the functionality and creativity of cutting tool manufacturers:
The main prize goes to #MadeonANCA tools and entrants will be judged on the form and performance of their cutting tool.
The second category is for virtual tools as the “Most innovative tool design – 2021”. Entrants are encouraged to be creative and use ANCA tool design software to push ideas to their limits.
The winner of #MadeonANCA will receive $10,000 AUD worth of ANCA innovations for parts, accessories or software that fit your grinding needs and the winner of the most innovative virtual tool will receive the full CIM software package.
2020’s #MadeonANCA competition winner, ARCH Cutting Tools’ entry demonstrated excellent use of multiple iGrind operations with several complex profiles. Jeff Cederstrom, president of ARCH Cutting Tools says: “It is a humbling experience to be involved in a friendly competition with some of the world’s most innovative and technically advanced cutting tool manufacturers. We will use the recognition to further motivate us to push the limits of cutting tool design to meet our ultimate goal of meeting our customers’ needs and the challenges they have in their applications every day.”
Pat Boland continues: “In the Virtual Tool category, joint winner JG Group from Poland took a creative approach using an Australian theme of the Sydney Opera House reproduced in a profile tool, looking as impressive as a tool as it does in real life. Turcar’s tool amazed me in how they achieved their tool design. I had no idea our software could produce something as beautiful and as well executed as their entry.”
The competition will be based on the passion and the craft of tool making and celebrate our highly skilled tool grinding community.
The judging panel will comprise: Pat Boland, co-founder and managing director of ANCA; Ivan Cuscov, plant director at Cerin SpA, Italy; Thomson Mathew, product manager at ANCA – Zoller measure profile and diameter
At EMO, the top five finalist tools will be judged on the following criteria:
Best surface finish in Ra (roughness average) value on the flute or gash surface
The tool the that is closest to the nominal tolerance as stated on the drawing in terms of diameter and profile (i.e. if the tolerance on diameter is +/- 0.010 mm and the tool is measured to 0.005, this will rank favourably)
The tool that has been ground to the tightest tolerance as per the drawing (i.e. the tool with the lowest tolerance will rank favourably)
The evel of complexity (i.e. in terms of the number of steps, profiles will rank favourably)
ANCA is a market leading manufacturer of CNC grinding machines. It was founded in 1974 in Melbourne, Australia, where the company still has its global headquarters. ANCA has offices in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Japan, Brazil and the USA, as well as a comprehensive network of representatives and agents worldwide. ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing precision cutting tools and components across a diverse range of competitive industries including cutting tool manufacture, automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical.
ITC Takes Delivery of New ANCA
The continued growth at Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has now seen the Tamworth cutting tool experts take delivery of a new ANCA MX7 Linear grinding centre. The next generation MX Linear tool grinder has been designed to meet the needs of companies like ITC that demand maximum productivity levels while remaining flexible to the demands of its customer base.
The Anca MX7 Linear grinding centre is the 4th ANCA grinding centre to arrive at ITC and the 5th grinding centre to arrive since the company extended its manufacturing facility by over 50 percent in 2016. The industry leading cutting tool manufacturer has invested well over £1.5m in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to extend its product ranges. The latest ANCA MX7 Linear is the latest addition in a long line of cutting-edge technology to be delivered to further enhance productivity, capacity and the remarkably high-quality standards and benchmark position that ITC upholds within the UK cutting tool sector.
Capable of processing tools up to 300mm long with diameters up to 200mm, the MX7 Linear uses ANCA LinX Linear motors and scales for axis motion, precision and performance. The LinX Linear Motor has higher axis speed and acceleration leading to reduced cycle times while maintaining smoother axis motion. In addition, the latest machine to land on the shop floor at ITC has a permanent magnetic spindle that generates outstanding spindle performance across the entire spindle working range. Providing high torque at lower speeds makes the latest plant acquisition particularly suited for carbide grinding.
The new ANCA MX7 Linear incorporates a Bi-symmetrical gantry design that is proven for ultra-high precision grinding. Evenly straddling the tool centre line, it delivers superior rigidity and maximum resistance to thermal growth while keeping vibration to a minimum. In addition, the MX7 Linear has been specified with an automatic in-process measurement and compensation. This LaserPlus system will enable ITC to utilise the built-in laser probe to accurately measure tool geometries in-process within +/- 2 microns or less, enhancing the precision, performance and consistency of its cutting tool production runs.
The new addition incorporates an ANCA FastLoad-MX automation system. The FastLoad-MX automation system uses the existing machine axes to ensure a compact design with a small footprint and is an economical price. The loader movements are kept simple, making it perfect for ITC to undertake the grinding of tools in small batch sizes.
This high-performance addition will enable ITC to increase its capacity and meet the growing demand for its groundbreaking range of solid carbide round tooling. Furthermore, the characteristics of the ANCA MX7 Linear will support ITC in its drive to ever improve the performance, precision and longevity of its industry leading brands.
Industrial Tooling Corporation Ltd
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