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ITC’s Clearcut range of solid-carbide cutting tools have helped improve surface finishes at signmaker Bolton Sign, which manufactures point-of-sale and shop-window display units for brands such as Superdry.

The company normally cuts materials with thicknesses between 3mm and 5mm with no noticeable imperfections. However, it found that on the Superdry work — where the lettering is manufactured from 15mm-thick acrylic in various colours — surface finishes were poor and letter edges on display had imperfections that required considerable sanding prior to flame polishing.

A technical engineer from ITC reviewed the process, machine tool, material type and existing problems. It was discovered that the previous cutting tools were re-cutting the waste material and this was chipping the surface of the acrylic and creating imperfections in the surface finish.

The engineer recommended the company’s Clearcut 180 series of solid-carbide cutting tools to solve this issue.

Key benefits of product application

  • ITC’s cutters have reduced hand finishing for each Superdry acrylic sign from 90 minutes to 20 minutes.
  • The cutters remove the swarf from the channels to prevent re-cutting of the chips thanks to the high helix angle on the single-flute cutting tools and the polished finish on the cutting flutes.
  • Tool life has been extended considerably.

ITC is a round tool specialist with an objective to provide the correct cutting tool at the right time. ITC is confident that its products are the best available. To achieve this, we continue to invest in the right team of time served engineers, equipped with a full CAD-CAM facility dedicated to the design and manufacture of precision cutting tools. Whatever your requirement, from a one-off special to 1000 pieces, ITC can provide your company with a cutting tool that works.

ITC’s state-of-the-art production facility includes CNC grinding machines from world leading manufacturers. We have invested in a centralised oil filtration system to ensure optimum grinding conditions and our inspection department includes computerised laser measuring equipment to maintain the high standards for which ITC is renowned.

We source and stock the best available products from around the world, and hold over 100,000 HSS Co and Solid Carbide tools on the shelf ready for immediate despatch. ITC can also provide a fast modification service – even same day in some cases.

We provide same day despatch on standard stocked lines, whatever your industry sector may be. From production sub-contractor to tool room, through aerospace, motor sport, and the medical industry, from milling, drilling and reaming to de-burring, ITC has the tools and expertise to solve your problem.

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