The high-quality solid carbide routers from ITC have long been the ‘go-to’ cutting tool for the sign making sector with performance that is the benchmark of the industry. As the industry has evolved, so has the materials being processed and therefore the cutting tools for machining the ever-increasing range of materials.
As a brand that has been at the forefront of cutting tool technology in the sign-making industry for more than 30 years, the new coated tools from ITC are developed and manufactured in the UK at the company’s Tamworth headquarters.
The cutting tool experts at ITC have relentlessly trialled and tested numerous tool geometries and coatings to provide the sign-making industry with what is undoubtedly the most productive and highest performing cutting tool in the industry. The 180-10-A Series single flute router with the new Vitreo coating is a solid carbide tool with an upward spiral geometry that incorporates a 30° helix with a reinforced 6mm shank.
Manufactured from ultra wear-resistant micro-grain carbide, the new Vitreo coated range is perfect for reducing the number of collet changes and prolonging to life when machining aluminium composite material (ACM). Furthermore, the combination of an efficient tool geometry with an extremely hard-wearing coating provides unsurpassed surface finishes that significantly reduce secondary finishing operations.
The Vitreo coated 180-10-A Series is available with 2, 3 and 4mm diameters with a 6mm reinforced shank, an overall length of 50mm and the length of cut that is 7mm on the 2mm diameter tool, 10mm on the 3 and 4mm variants. This geometry further enhances the rigidity and strength of the tool, which subsequently results in the end-user and taking fewer collet changes.
For machining aluminium, the new 180-10-A Series is available with the same tool dimensions and geometry but with an Iridis coating. Unlike the Vitreo coating for ACM, the Iridis coating has been specifically developed for the machining of aluminium at high speeds.
The coating technology guarantees exceptional surface finishes that is complemented by the tool geometry that minimises burrs. The combination of the Iridis coating and the tool geometry gives this new arrival longevity and performance that is the envy of the industry.