CONTOUR360 wins the ANCA Tool of the Year competition

September 24, 2018 - 09:45am

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CONTOUR360 has been announced as the first ever ANCA Tool of the Year award winner at IMTS with the company's creative and eye-catching tool.

Charles R. Day, vice president and general manager, said: “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.  

“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,” he concluded.

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 our customers. All other finalists receive an ANCA software package of their choice.

Pat Boland, joint co-founder at ANCA, said: “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. 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. After measuring the surface finish and geometry on Alicona and Zoller machines respectively, the 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 setup."

Alfred Lyon, cutting tool supervisor at AB Tools, 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."

Michael Kroodsma, marketing specialist at ZOLLER Inc., said: “It’s been an honour to be selected by ANCA as a judge in the Tool of the Year competition on behalf of ZOLLER Inc. It was great to use our technology to measure which finalist’s tool was closest to the nominal tolerance stated on the drawing in terms of diameter and profile. In the commercial world the level of accuracy on a finished tool is what sets tool manufacturers apart from their competition.”

Alicona President Stefan Scherer said: “For more and more tool manufacturers, surface finish and roughness measurement on tools are getting increasingly important. We clearly see a trend towards the manufacturing of highly polished surfaces as they significantly increase machining results. By including surface finish values as a criterion in their tool competition, ANCA shows that they meet the needs of their customers who in the end can produce state-of-start tools with outstanding life-time and machining quality.”


  • SAN Engineering and Supply
  • Acu Twist
  • Zakłady Mechaniczne Kazimieruk
  • Miltera Machining Research Corp.
  • Daily Grind Industrial Tool
  • Contour360

Judging panel:

  • Pat Boland, joint co-founder and managing director at ANCA
  • Pat McCluskey, joint co-founder and managing director at ANCA
  • Alicona – measurement of surface finish
  • Zoller – measure profile and diameter 
  • Alfred Lyon, cutting tool supervisor, AB Tools

The top five tools were judged on the following criteria:

  • Finest 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 0.005mm then this will rank favorably)
  • Tool that has been ground to the tightest tolerance as per the drawing (i.e. the tool with the lowest tolerance will rank favorably)
  • Level of complexity (i.e. in terms of the number of steps, profiles will rank favorably)

Related Glossary Terms

  • computer numerical control ( CNC)

    computer numerical control ( CNC)

    Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.

  • grinding


    Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.

  • tolerance


    Minimum and maximum amount a workpiece dimension is allowed to vary from a set standard and still be acceptable.


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