The company’s entry was a complex tool with many features incorporated into one cutter.

“We designed the tool to satisfy a customer’s problem, where our one cutter replaced a machining requirement that previously required six tools,” says Beland. “The customer was very happy with the production gains and for us to submit the cutter to Anca’s Tool of The Year competition. We believe winning the award makes our company more marketable, give us great exposure and hopefully expands our customer base.”

Tools, all of which were produced on Anca tool and cutter grinders, were judged on criteria such as surface finish, tolerance to drawing and level of complexity.

The runner-up in the competition was Eshed Tools from Israel, while a special creativity award was bestowed upon Zakłady Mechaniczne Kazimieruk of Poland.