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ITC’s new balanced tools cover all substrates

ITC’s new balanced tools cover all substrates
The 180-10-A Series of single flute routers from Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has now been extended with the arrival of a balanced Vitreo coated router for machining Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) and a balanced range of Iridis coated variant for the machining of aluminium.

The high-quality solid carbide routers from ITC have long been the ‘go-to’ cutting tool for signmakers with performance that has set an industry benchmark. With the increasing application of high-frequency digital cutting tables that are capable of cutting at speeds of 30,000rpm and beyond, ITC has added the balanced option to its new Vitreo coated single flute routing tools.

As the industry has evolved, so have the materials being processed and thus 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 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 signmakers 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 the 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 two, three, four and six-millimetre diameters with a six-millimetre reinforced shank, an overall length of 50mm and the length of cut that is seven millimetres on the two-millimetre diameter tool, 10mm on the three and four-millimetre variants and 14mm on the six-millimetre diameter option. This geometry further enhances the rigidity and strength of the tool, which subsequently results in the end-user making 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 an exceptional surface finish 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.

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