SJ Tools wins ANCA prize for cutting tool with five operations in one

Edwin Juarez, CEO of SJ Tools, left, and Russell Riddiford, ANCA Inc. president. (Courtesy: ANCA Inc.)

SJ Tools, the first Mexican #ANCATooloftheYear winner, entered a cutting tool that combined multiple features into a single tool where all features were finished with a very accurate surface finish.

The complexity of the design was possible through ANCA’s flexible iGrind software that offers its users a myriad of advanced features. SJ Tools’ drill point was special with a roughing tip just below the drill point to carry out high speed drilling and chip management.

Into its fifth year, ANCA’s industry-first competition announced winners live at the international trade show IMTS in Chicago, Illinois. Participants and winners of the contest achieve important brand recognition with a reach of over two million across extensive media and social media coverage, as well as money and other prizes.

“Every year I am delighted by the skill and creativity of our customers and how they apply the ANCA technology to design and manufacture market leading cutting tools,” said Patrick Boland, co-founder at ANCA. “I think it is very important to recognize the amazing results we see across our industry and ANCA’s Tool of the Year is a chance to get together and celebrate our vibrant and innovative industry.”

JG Group won the virtual category with an excellent display of creativity and were the third runner-up for the main ANCA Tool of the Year. The effort and creative thinking process coupled with intimate knowledge of the iGrind and the CIM3D software enabled them to design a life size model of the “Hummingbird” which was both beautiful and an impressive application of design.

“In this very competitive world with the technology that exists in cutting tools, it’s a great achievement for me as well as the whole team that works at SJ Tools (designing, sharpening, grinding, machining area, polishing, honing, quality, purchases, sales, and administration),” said Edwin Juarez, CEO of SJ Tools. “Our tool was designed for a customer which machines aluminium. With this tool we could eliminate five tools and machine it with one. The first and second operation performed was roughing and a chip breaker on the tip to break the chip, giving better output and avoiding obstructions. The third operation interpolates to create a pocket. In the fourth and fifth we made two internal slots in which we did roughing and finishing, also super polishing and honing. At the same time, we managed to reduce cycle times, production cost and inventory cost.

“There is no simple tool. That is why I want to highlight the engineering, design and manufacturing team since they worked hard analyzing each of our client’s operations to be able to create this tool.”

Winner, Main Category: SJ Tool

  • First runners-up: ARCH Cutting Tools
  • Second runners-up: TDM Cutting Tools
  • Third runners-up: JG Group

Winner, Virtual Category: JG Group

  • First runners-up: Centrum Techniki MACRO Sp. z o.o.
  • Second runners-up: Xiamen Golden Egret Special Alloy Co.,Ltd

ANCA Tool of the Year
There are two competition categories to recognize 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.” Entrants are encouraged to be creative and use ANCA tool design software to push ideas to their limits.