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
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.
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