Australia – Anca has just announced the winner of its first Tool of the Year award at IMTS in Chicago recently.
Contour360, designer and manufacturer of high performance solid carbide round shank tools, won the Anca Tool of the Year award for its creative and eye-catching tool.
Contour360 Vice-President and General Manager Charles R. Day said: “While indeed this recognition speaks to the craftsmanship of our toolmakers – it also makes a tremendous statement to the craftsmanship of the machine maker and the support provided.” Day added that Contour360 utilises many different types of Anca machines, including three recent additions of new equipment, namely the FX7 Linear wheel exchangers, laser measurement equipment and a Fanuc Robomate.
For the competition, Anca said its customers could submit their favourite tool. The prize is a trip for two to the Australia-based Anca HQ in Melbourne to see, firsthand, how the technology is created and also meet the team who are dedicated to finding even better solutions for customer needs. All other finalists – Daily Grind Industrial Tool, Acu Twist, Miltera Machining Research Corp., San Engineering and Supply as well as Zakłady Mechaniczne Kazimieruk – received an Anca software package of their choice.
To find the top tool, the criteria the panel of judges based on were:
- best surface finish in Ra (roughness average) value on the flute or gash surface
- tool closest to the nominal tolerance as stated on the drawing in terms of diameter and profile (i.e., if the diameter tolerance is +/- 0.010mm and the tool is measured to 0.005 then this will rank favourably)
- tool that has been ground to the tightest tolerance as per the drawing (tool with the lowest tolerance will rank favourably)
- complexity level (in terms of the number of steps, profiles)
“After measuring the surface finish and geometry on the Alicona and Zoller machines respectively,all votes were tallied and Contour360 won for their complex tool that was brilliantly executed. Grinding a complex tool like that requires sharp wheels, accurate qualification of wheels and a perfect set-up,” Anca joint co-founder Pat Boland noted.