ITC develop new folding tool for ACM

​Machining aluminium composite material (ACM) can be a challenge for most businesses. Poor surface finishes and tool life, excessive tool wear and secondary hand finishing, as well as inconsistent tool performance, are common issues for manufacturers in the sign-making industry.

Not only can Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) remove these issues with its high-quality range of cutting tools, but the Staffordshire manufacturer has now launched a new line of folding tools that have been developed specifically for mineral core ACM.

The Mineral Core ACM folding tool that has now been introduced by ITC is manufactured from a micro-grain solid carbide that provides exceptional wear resistance.

Added to this, the Tamworth cutting tool experts have added the new Vitreo coating technology to further extend cutting-edge performance, dissipate heat generation from the cutting area and improve wear resistance when cutting mineral core ACM.

Complementing the solid carbide composition and the Vitreo coating technology is a specially developed helical flute geometry with the choice of either a 90° or 135° inclusive angle.

Capable of typically folding mineral core ACM up to 4mm thick, the new introduction to the ITC portfolio is available in two sizes. This includes a 10mm tool with an inclusive angle of 90°, a 3mm wide flat and an overall length of 70mm. The larger diameter tool has a 20mm diameter with a 135° inclusive angle and a 2mm flat with an overall tool length of 60mm.

These optimised dimensions provide exceptional rigidity and stability that enables end-users to cut mineral core ACM at high feeds and speeds with confidence. For further information on the new mineral core ACM folding tools, please contact your local ITC representative.