Tool of the Year Competition What's your favorite tool? Grinding machine manufacturer looking for best precision tools

Editor: Alexander Stark

Italy — With its “Tool of the Year” competition 2021, Anca is giving cutting machine operators the chance to win large prize money and worldwide recognition. Together with tool manufacturers and other experts, the tool grinding machine manufacturer is celebrating the achievements of the entire machining industry.

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Last year, the award went to Arch Cutting Tools for its outstanding use of multiple iGrind operations with multiple complex profiles.
Last year, the award went to Arch Cutting Tools for its outstanding use of multiple iGrind operations with multiple complex profiles.
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The “Tool of the Year” competition from Anca CNC Machines — the first of its kind in the industry — is taking place again this year. The winners will be announced live at EMO in Milan, Italy, one of the most important global metalworking trade shows. Last year, despite the Corona pandemic, the industry again took the opportunity to showcase its skills: Over 80,000 interested people saw the nearly 30 entries from around the world, resulting in over 200,000 connections and links on social media.

To help find the Tool of the Year, customers can submit their favourite tool. The winners will be evaluated and announced live at EMO. In two competition categories, both the functionality of the tools and the creativity of the cutting tool manufacturers will be honoured.

  • The main prize goes to particularly precise tools manufactured on an Anca machine. In addition, the geometry of the cutting tools is assessed.
  • In the second category, virtual tools will be awarded as “Most Innovative Tool Design 2021”. Participants are encouraged to be creative and use the Anca tool design software for their ideas.

The winner of the tool made on an Anca machine will receive original Anca parts, accessories or software worth 10,000 Australian dollars for custom grinding requirements, and the winner of the most innovative virtual tool will receive the complete CIM software package.

Submissions are open from 15 June to 15 August.

Jury members:

  • Pat Boland, co-founder and managing director at Anca.
  • Ivan Cuscov, plant manager at Cerin, Italy
  • Thomson Mathew, Product Manager at Anca
  • Zoller - measuring profile and diameter

At EMO, the five best tools from the finalists will be awarded according to the following criteria:

  • Best surface finish in Ra (average roughness) on the flute or groove surface.
  • The tool that comes closest to the nominal tolerance indicated on the drawing in terms of diameter and profile (i.e. if the tolerance for the diameter is +/- 0.010 mm and the tool is measured to 0.005 mm, then this is considered to be beneficial)
  • Tool ground to the closest tolerance according to the drawing (i.e. the tool with the closest tolerance is given preference)
  • Degree of complexity (i.e. profiles are preferred in terms of the number of steps)

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