The ANCA Group Celebrates 50th Anniversary at U.S. Headquarters

North American team joined ANCA founder Pat Boland and hundreds of customers, welcoming the Australian Consul General and local Michigan congresswoman’s representative

On May 7-8, 2024, in Wixom, Michigan (Detroit), the team of the North American operation for Australian-based ANCA Group, a global leader in grinding machines and automated manufacturing technologies, celebrated the company’s 50th anniversary with company founder Pat Boland.  Founded in 1974 by Boland and his partner Pat McCluskey, the company is today a world-class supplier to the major auto, aero, medical, electronics, woodworking and other market segments in the industrial world.  The North American operation is headed by Russell Riddiford, a longtime ANCA associate.  At the event, the company welcomed hundreds of customers and business associates, as well as the Australian Consul General Chris Elstoft and Cody Schaub, a representative from the office of Michigan Congresswoman Haley Stevens.

Pat Boland, ANCA co-founder, remarked, “For 50 years, ANCA has been on a journey to change the shape of the cutting tool industry. To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we look forward to meeting with our customers and partners at celebrations being held at our global facilities. As innovation has motivated us throughout our history, new products and developments will be at the center of all these celebrations. ANCA’s future is exciting, we are focused on continuing to invent and deliver groundbreaking technology to help take cutting tool production into areas not previously thought possible.”

During the event, Russell Riddiford presented a fully refurbished TG4 tool grinder to Pat and Libby Boland.  The TG was an early generation of machine for ANCA, and this particular one was the third of its kind and the first sold in the US.  The machine will be displayed in the company’s booth at IMTS in Chicago, September 9-14, then returned to the company’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. 

A number of ANCA business partners were in attendance at the event in Wixom, including Arobotech Systems, Blaser Swisslube, Ebbco, Continental Diamond Tool, CemeCon, ACEL Leasing, TechMet, Rush Machinery and Zoller. 

Russell Riddiford commented, “We were very honored to have Pat Boland join us to celebrate this milestone for ANCA.  His vision for the company remains our benchmark of success and our inspiration to do more for our customers, with machines, software and manufacturing automation technology.  Plus, as good Australians, we love a party,” he mused. 

50 years of innovation and “thinking outside of the box”

ANCA started with a minicomputer and teletype installed at co-founder Pat Boland’s home, followed by a CNC and then the design and manufacture of machine tools with co-founder Pat McCluskey. Throughout the years, ANCA has brought significant advantages to the industry with pioneering innovations like the first touch probe, soft axes and 3D simulation.

Naturally, software and automation are key highlights of ANCA’s anniversary innovation portfolio. The latest version of ANCA’s ToolRoom software, RN35, offers:

  • Average performance increase of up to 20% with advanced features and functions, optimizing feedrate, improving cycle time and surface finish, while extending wheel life.
  • New developments including the integration of material removal rate calculations, allowing manufacturers to automatically set parameters for constant removal rates, plus air-time reduction.
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC) software for statistical analysis and evaluation of manufactured part characteristics streamlines manufacturing processes.
  • Profile fluting further enhancing the popular flute from solid feature of the proprietary ANCA software.

The Future of Automation in Tool Production IS here today…AIMS

The ANCA Automated Manufacturing System (AIMS) is a highly integrated, advanced automation system that brings together machining, metrology and materials handling plus data management in a leading-edge ecosystem for a lights-out production of tools used in myriad industries.

With AIMS Connect, recently debuted at GrindingHub in Germany, visitors can experience firsthand the power of digital production control and modular automation, now available for existing installations. The system has proven in the field that it empowers manufacturers to explore new opportunities, products and features while maximizing productivity and quality.

AIMS is growing in popularity, as it enables shops of all sizes plus huge production departments the flexibility to integrate machining, metrology and materials handling into a unified ecosystem with full data capture and management capabilities. 

ANCA’s AIMS (ANCA Integrated Manufacturing System) is the smart manufacturing solution for cutting tool production, enabling manufacturers to connect, automate and create like never before. The modular system comprises hardware and software components for automated, closed loop manufacturing. AIMS Server controls production processes and AutoComp, the intelligent compensation module maintains part quality automatically, while the new AIMS Connect function covers job management.


For further information, please contact:
Amanda Bakun
Marketing & Communications Manager – Americas

ANCA is a market leading manufacturer of CNC grinding machines. It was founded in 1974 in Melbourne, Australia where the company still has its global headquarters. ANCA has offices in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Japan, Brazil, Korea, Mexico and the USA as well as a comprehensive network of representatives and agents worldwide.

ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing precision cutting tools and components across a diverse range of competitive industries including cutting tool manufacture, automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical.