Iscar Tool Advisor optimises tool selection for free (Video)

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The Iscar Tool Advisor (ITA) is a free web-based software package that is built around a unique mathematical algorithm for selecting the optimal tool for machining.

When machining a part, optimum productivity and maximum profitability is dependent on a wide range of issues, including the kind of machine tool being employed, the type/condition of the selected cutting tool, the prevailing cutting conditions and the complex interaction between each of these various factors. It is clear that a process as important as the selection of the optimal tool should be made in a scientific manner, based on objective grounds and well researched empirical technical evidence, rather than the conventional, intuitive methods that are normally used. For this reason, Iscar developed the Iscar Tool Advisor utilising a complex algorithm that allows the user to rapidly narrow down all of the possible alternatives, taking into account a multitude of determining factors, such as cutting conditions, machine power, metal removal rate and cutting time. Benchmarking ITA recommendations with experts' tool selections, for a range of given applications, has shown the advantage of using Iscar's intuitive software. Even for a simple application, such as the milling of a 90° shoulder, of low alloy steel, 10 mm height and 10 mm width, tools selected by the use of ITA delivered 100% more productivity compared to manual tool selection. ITA displays up to three tool recommendations for the required application. Results include tool details, insert details, cutting conditions, power, metal removal rate and cutting time. David Jones, Iscar's UK sales manager, commented: "Having witnessed the impressive speed and efficiency of ITA in identifying the optimal cutting tools for a given range of tasks, I consider this free to use software to be a major breakthrough for companies who are searching for higher levels of production and profitability." ITA is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the weblink below. The ITA 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. Related video: the ISCAR Tool Advisor