ANCA’s tool of the year to be announced at EMO Milano

ANCA 23062021
ANCA 23062021

ANCA's industry-first competition is back with the 2021 winners to be announced live at European metalworking tradeshow, EMO Milano.

Last year the industry welcomed the opportunity to show off their skills with almost 30 entries received for the ANCA tool of the year competition.

Patrick Boland, co-founder at ANCA commented: “Our industry thrives thanks to grinders’ expertise. Much of what people use and enjoy in everyday life is due to the hard work and ever increasing technical acumen of these cutting tool makers and as a result we are seeing the complexity of cutting tools increase, improving productivity, tool life and functionality.”

“Now in its fourth year, ANCA Tool of the Year has gained significant coverage – raising the profile of cutting tools and those companies who make them. I encourage all cutting tool makers to enter our competition and be recognised on a global stage for your craftmanship and contributions to our industry,” he concluded.

Ivan Cuscov, plant director at Cerin and first time Judge said: "Continuous developments in tool technology have shown us that standard products have become easier and easier to make and the challenge is to create something new, putting creativity into the grinding process. Grinding technology can still be surprising for expert people who work in field every day given turning new ideas into reality is enhanced by an open, flexible software such as ANCA’s iGrind.”

Cerin began operating in 1971 and is one of the most reputable Italian manufacturer of carbide precision tools.

ANCA will also showcase the much anticipated AutoMarkX for the first time at EMO. AutoMarkX is an automatic stand-alone laser marking station replacing manual and labour-intensive processes. Find out more about what is at ANCA’s stand on our EMO page.

To find the Tool of the Year customers can submit their favourite tool with the winners being judged and announced live at EMO. There will be two competition categories to recognise both the functionality and creativity of cutting tool manufacturers.


  • The main prize goes to #MadeonANCA tools and entrants will be judged on the form and performance of their cutting tool.

  • The second category is for virtual tools as the “Most innovative tool design – 2021”. Entrants are encouraged to be creative and use ANCA tool design software to push ideas to their limits.

The winner of #MadeonANCA receives $10,000 AUD worth of ANCA innovations for parts, accessories or software that fit your grinding needs and the winner of the most innovative virtual tool will receive the full CIM software package.

Submissions open from 15th June to 15th August.

2020’s #MadeonANCA competition winner, ARCH Cutting Tools’ entry demonstrated excellent use of multiple iGrind operations with several complex profiles.

Jeff Cederstrom, president of ARCH Cutting Tools said: “It is a humbling experience to be involved in a friendly competition with some of the world’s most innovative and technically advanced cutting tool manufacturers. We will use the recognition to further motivate us to push the limits of cutting tool design to meet our ultimate goal of meeting our customers’ needs and the challenges they have in their applications every day.”

At EMO the top five finalist tools will be 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)
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