ITA (Iscar Tool Advisor)

January 01, 2011

Profitability from machining a part is dependent on the machine type, cutting tool, cutting conditions and the interaction between them. ITA (ISCAR Tool Advisor) is a user-friendly, web-based tool selection software that is constructed upon a unique mathematical algorithm. The importance of tool selection is paramount in maximizing productivity and thus should be based scientifically on objective and empirical technical data rather than any conventional intuitive method. The ITA application provides an effective process of narrowing down all possible tooling scenarios, taking into account cutting conditions, machine power, metal removal rate and cutting time. Even for a simple application, such as milling a 90 degree shoulder of low alloy steel, 10mm height and 10mm width, tools selected by ITA delivered more productivity compared to manual tool selection done by industry experts, according to the company. ITA delivers profitability. Users can enter only a few mandatory fields (2 to 6) for quick results or complete more detailed fields specifying machine parameters, tool diameters, tool type, grade etc. The application provides the 3 best tooling options but can display up to 25 tool recommendations per application search. Results include tool details, insert details, cutting conditions, power, metal removal rate and cutting time. Each search has a printable recommendation report valuable to the user. ITA supports both inch and metric platforms and supports 25 different languages. Users can link to the ISCAR electronic catalogue, 2D and 3D tool drawings, product videos and pictures. ITA can send users via e-mail a pdf file that includes the input and output for each application search. The ITA software is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a direct connection to an ITA support team.. Immediate access can be obtained at or by going directly to The application can also be uploaded and used on any iPhone or iPod Touch, making all of ISCAR's technical information available and accessible to any user via the internet, Wi-Fi or mobile connection. As the ITA application gains users, ISCAR is developing new sub-applications to meet the diversity of their needs. Iscar is currently launching three new sub-applications in the Groove-Turn main application: Internal grooving, Internal turning and Internal face grooving (applies to boring bars.

Related Glossary Terms

  • boring


    Enlarging a hole that already has been drilled or cored. Generally, it is an operation of truing the previously drilled hole with a single-point, lathe-type tool. Boring is essentially internal turning, in that usually a single-point cutting tool forms the internal shape. Some tools are available with two cutting edges to balance cutting forces.

  • gang cutting ( milling)

    gang cutting ( milling)

    Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.

  • grooving


    Machining grooves and shallow channels. Example: grooving ball-bearing raceways. Typically performed by tools that are capable of light cuts at high feed rates. Imparts high-quality finish.

  • milling


    Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.

  • turning


    Workpiece is held in a chuck, mounted on a face plate or secured between centers and rotated while a cutting tool, normally a single-point tool, is fed into it along its periphery or across its end or face. Takes the form of straight turning (cutting along the periphery of the workpiece); taper turning (creating a taper); step turning (turning different-size diameters on the same work); chamfering (beveling an edge or shoulder); facing (cutting on an end); turning threads (usually external but can be internal); roughing (high-volume metal removal); and finishing (final light cuts). Performed on lathes, turning centers, chucking machines, automatic screw machines and similar machines.

Additional Products from Iscar USA

The XNMU inserts are the original concept of double-sided inserts with 4 right-hand and 4 left-hand helical cutting edges for slot milling cutters. These inserts are made of SUMOTEC carbide grades, designed for milling alloy steel, ferritic and martensitic stainless steel, and cast-iron. 

The drill bodies are available in 3xD and 5xD length to diameter ratios. The inserts are supplied in a specifically developed user-friendly key, enabling easy mounting with no setup time.

The milling heads have been designed for shoulder roughing, semi-finishing and finishing applications with ramping down capability. The milling heads are available in .312-1.00” diameter range.

A new family of tools and economical 5 pocket adapters for existing TANG-GRIP inserts in sizes of 2 and 3mm. These new adapters will allow parting applications of bar diameters up to Ø45mm. A new SLIM-GRIP 1.2-1.6mm inserts for a pentagonal adapter suitable for parting up to 22mm bar diameter.

The advanced design combines a strong insert structure, a durable cutter body, secure mounting, and advanced carbide grades. This innovative solution enables face and square shoulder milling, while providing an additional option for milling close to shoulders where there are workpiece or work…

The NEOTURN XNMG demonstrates excellent chip control and highly stable tool life in a wide range of applications. The NEOTURN system also enables machining complicated workpiece shapes close to the tail stock where space is limited. This can be performed without replacing the holder and decreases…

When mounted in a NEOFEED tool, the insert enables a positive tool rake angle which assures smooth cutting and reduced cutting forces and power consumption. The insert pocket has a dovetail shape that provides rigid and reliable insert clamping and improves the a cutter’s capability to withstand…

135° Point Geometry – Split point geometry for superior drilling penetration and accuracy. Double-Margin Design – For improved drilling stability and smooth surface finish. Polished Flutes - Chip evacuation is improved during deep-hole drilling when the flutes are polished. Coolant Holes – Cooling…

The spline connection designation is SP… where the no. indicates the connection size.
The general duty cutting geometry of the heads is suited for efficient slot milling on a wide spectrum of workpiece materials for maximum depth of cut.

ISCAR is introducing 17 mm diameter PENTA inserts, designed for machining small size parts with up to 4 mm maximum grooving depth capability. The inserts are available in a range of widths from 0.25 to 3.18 mm, with different edge configurations for parting, grooving, turning and threading.