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ARCH Cutting Tools Takes Top Place in ANCA's Tool of the Year Competition

ARCH Cutting Tools team

(l-r) Thomson Matthew, ANCA Software Product Manager, and Pat Boland, ANCA Co-Founder

ANCA 2020 Tool of the Year awards

Some of the ANCA 2020 Tool of the Year entries

ANCA has announced that its 2020 Tool of the Year winner is ARCH Cutting Tools. The Tool of the Year must be a ground tool that is functional, high quality and complex. A panel of expert judges considers the surface finish, tolerance and functionality.

"ARCH Cutting Tools' entry demonstrated excellent use of multiple iGrind operations with several complex profiles," said a company spokesperson. "The tool came out in front of others when compared to the DXF and measured on the Zoller for profile O.D. and runout. The surface finish measurement on the Alicona produced a superb result. The tool also stood out in terms of complexity of grinding and was a large diameter (1 inch) multi-functional cutting tool with many features. Overall the tool ticked every box to be the Tool of the Year winner and was an exceptional effort from the team at ARCH."

ARCH Cutting Tools is the third American company in as many years to take out the accolade, highlighting that the skill and craftmanship of the USA cutting tool industry is alive and well.

"We entered to present and showcase our capabilities as a cutting tool manufacturer and to demonstrate the complex capabilities of the ANCA Tool and Cutter Grinder," said Jim Gray, President and General Manager, ARCH Cutting Tools-Latrobe. "Additionally, we entered to share with customers our own custom capabilities with solid carbide tools. Our entry was based on what we provide for our customers. It is multi-functional, providing the customer a single high-performance tool that is multiple tools in one. A solution-driven tool that reduces the need for tool changes and increases productivity."

ZMK received the runner up award in this category.

Pat Boland, ANCA Co-Founder, commented: "The cutting tool sector has faced a significant challenge with the onset of COVID-19. In these conditions it is even more important to promote and recognize our contributions as an industry. This year we saw the most complex and sophisticated entries to date. Having been part of the industry for over 40 years, the technical advancements demonstrated by cutting tool manufactures continue to amaze."

The winning entries for the Virtual Tool category were JG Group and Turcar. Both virtual tools were complex and demonstrated use of different cycles and operations. "Both tools showed a high level of effort, artistry and creativity. When creating the Virtual Tools, both Turcar and JG Group used their imagination along with the power and flexibility of ToolRoom RN34 and CIM3D V9 to produce works of art," Boland said.

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