Posted September 25, 2018

CONTOUR360 wins ANCA award

Carbide cutting tool manufacturer CONTOUR360 was named the first ever ANCA Tool of the Year award winner.

The award was presented by ANCA, a manufacturer of CNC grinding machines and software, at IMTS 2018.

“It is with heartfelt pride that we accept ANCA’s prestigious Tool of The Year award. 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,” said Charles R. Day, vice president and general manager of CONTOUR360. 

Day added that CONTOUR360 utilizes many different types of ANCA machines, including the recent addition of three new state-of-the-art FX7 Linear wheel exchangers, laser measurement and Fanuc RoboMate. "But our business requires more than just state-of-the-art equipment. It demands machines that are reliable day in and day out. It demands support, when needed, in the “lights out” environment in which we work today,” Day said.

To find the Tool of the Year, ANCA held a competition for customers to submit their favorite tool with the winners judged and announced live at IMTS. The prize is a trip for two to ANCA’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, to see firsthand how the technology is created and meet the team who are dedicated to finding even better solutions for customers. All other finalists receive an ANCA software package of their choice.

“All the entrants were a very high standard and demonstrated a deep understanding for tool geometry as well as taking full use of ANCA’s software," said Pat Boland, co-founder of ANCA. "It was very close and difficult to decide, and I congratulate all the finalists including CONTOUR360, Daily Grind Industrial Tool, Acu Twist, Miltera, SAN Engineering and Kazimieruk.”

Alfred Lyon, cutting tool supervisor at AB Tools and a judge in the competition, said: " A great cutter grinder has the eye of an artist and the heart of a craftsman. We can use any tools available to create the desired cutter complete with the perfect geometry, profile, and finish.”

“ANCA CNC grinders have allowed us to push the envelope of perfection and we are truly only limited by our imagination. The entrants in ANCA’s Tool of the Year contest are wonderful evidence of what we can come up with,” Lyon said.

The top five tools were 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 +/- 0.010mm 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 (i.e. the tool with the lowest tolerance will rank favourably)
• Level of complexity (i.e. in terms of the number of steps, profiles will rank favourably)