August 2012 – Pat Boland CEO ANCA Pty Ltd

ANCA was founded in 1974 by Pat McCluskey and Pat Boland in Melbourne, Australia, where the company still has its headquarters. Although the two engineers had different backgrounds – one academic and one technical and trade – their skills and experience were complementary and they were like-minded in their drive to produce world class Computer Numerical Controls.

In the early 1980s ANCA expanded by applying its high level engineering and mathematical skills used in programming, to develop complete machine tools. The company developed sophisticated CNC tool grinding machines by combining leading edge technology with operating simplicity.

The decision to extend its operations launched the company into a major growth phase which involved the construction of a sophisticated machine tool factory and the employment of highly skilled and specialised staff. Continued growth has been matched by investment in factory equipment, research and development and a sales support infrastructure.
ANCA’s reputation for designing and building the highly capable and flexible CNCs used in our range of tool grinders, led to the formation of ANCA Motion in 2008. ANCA Motion produces CNC Control Systems, IO Devices, Servo Drives and Motors to suit a range of Machine Tool and Motion Control applications.

Since the company incorporation in 1974, ANCA has gained worldwide recognition in the industry as leader in the technology. All our innovations contributed to the success of our products and subsequently to the success of our customers. Some of these are:

  • First to design and manufacture an Australian CNC.
  • First to introduce a probe for digitising tools in a CNC tool and cutter grinder.
  • First to introduce modem for support and diagnostics in a CNC tool and cutter grinder.
  • First to introduce soft axes for significantly simplified programming of a CNC tool and cutter grinder.
  • First to introduce MPG Feed for safe program debugging and testing.
  • First to introduce Windows-style Graphical Users Interface and Real Time Operating System in a CNC tool and cutter grinder.
  • First to introduce a CNC tool and cutter grinder with all rotary and linear axes being directly driven.
  • First to introduce industry standard Statistical Process Control (SPC) in a CNC tool and cutter grinder.
  • First to introduce iBurr software for burr grinding, which uses Active Graphical User Interface.
  • First to introduce full and true 3D simulation of the grinding process. CIM3D (Patented in Australia & USA)

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August 9th 2012


Venue: The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club at 489 Glenferrie Rd  Kooyong VIC 3142