Case Study: Down time is the time to improve efficiency and productivity

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Current Situation

David Whitmire, OSG district manager, has been covering a sales territory in Texas and Oklahoma for 9 years. He has witnessed both the best and worst days of the energy industry. Since the price of oil per barrel has recently reached record lows, our economy and oil field manufacturers have been severely affected. An increasing number of layoffs and downsizing at companies has occurred in the area. During this down time, some oil field manufacturers started to do their homework by reconsidering their machining processes as an avenue to cut costs. This has opened up some new opportunities for OSG in David’s territory.

One of David’s customers is a large pump housing manufacturer in the oil field industry. During the industry slowdown, the company wanted to be proactive, so they invited OSG and a local distributor to host a tap trouble shooting seminar. During the seminar, David showed them the OSG EXOTAP® A-Tap® and EXOPRO® Mega Muscle® drill videos. These videos drew a lot of attention as they showed A-Tap® and Mega Muscle® products surpassing speeds and feeds of competitors’ tools. This company produces 50 to 60 parts after spending over 625 hours machining per month. David decided to perform tool testing with his local distributor to help the company improve productivity and cut costs.

Tool Testing/Solutions

Material: 4140 Modified Alloy Steel

1. ¾-10 EXOTAP® A-Tap® (18 SFM) vs. Competitor A’s tap (18 SFM)

1 ¼-7 HY-PRO® VXL Tap (30 SFM and 13.1486 IPM) vs. Competitor A’s tap (23 SFM and 11.0 IPM)

1 ½-6 HY-PRO® VXL Tap (30 SFM and 12.5 IPM) vs. Competitor A’s tap (23 SFM and 10.0 IPM)

½-13 EXOTAP® A-Tap® 50 SFM and 29.3758 IPM vs. Competitor A’s tap (13 SFM and 7.692 IPM)

7/16” EXOPRO® Mega Muscle® Drill (325 SFM and 48.2 IPM) vs. Competitor B’s Cam Drill (8.2 IPM)

7/15” EXOCARB® WDO® Drill (325 SFM and 28.4 IPM) vs. Competitor B’s Cam Drill (2.5 IPM)

22mm PHOENIX® PXD Exchangeable Head Drill 300 (SFM and 21.2 IPM) vs. Competitor B’s Cam Drill (2.8 IPM)


Test 1 demonstrated a significant advantage of the A-Tap®. Even if it ran at the same speeds and feeds with the competitor’s tap, the A-Tap® was able to produce 25% to 40% more pump housings and to reduce costs by $22 per tool versus the competitor’s tap.

Tests 2, 3, 4 and 5 showed that OSG’s taps and drills ran at faster speeds than the competitors’ tools, and the A-Tap®, VXL Tap and Mega Muscle® products were able to reduce the cycle time by 23 minutes. In addition, the A-Tap® and Mega Muscle® machined 5 times more parts than the competitors’ tools did.

Tests 6 and 7 have not been completed, but David is confident that the WDO® drills and PXD drills will reduce the cycle times even more. By using OSG’s taps and drills in their operation, David predicts that the company will be able to reduce at least 21 hours of machining time per month!



Getting to Know You - Share your finished parts and get an OSG rolling cooler!

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Thursday, October 15th is National Get to Know Your Customer Day! In celebration of the day, OSG wants you to share what you manufacture with our tools. Join our “Getting to Know You” campaign to get an OSG rolling cooler (while supplies last)!

The campaign starts on Wednesday, October 14th and ends at noon (CT) on Friday, October 16th.

How to Participate



Post a picture of a finished part which you manufactured with an OSG tool on your wall

Tag OSG USA in the post


Follow us @OSGTOOL

2. Tweet @OSGTOOL a picture of a finished part which you manufactured with an OSG tool



On the Job with: Herb Vazquez

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Featured employee: Herb Vazquez
Title: Engineering/Production Control/Inspection Manager
Tenure with OSG: 25 years

For Herb Vazquez, Engineering Manager at the OSG Parma Facility, his career hasn’t been on one straight trajectory. It has been more like a jungle gym where you can climb up to the next level using different paths to get where you want to go. Herb has held 5 different positions in his 25 years at OSG. He served as a production control coordinator, Engineer Assistant, Jr. Designer, Customer Service Coordinator and Systems Engineering Manager prior to his current position.


“Change is good,” Herb said smiling. “Having been exposed to different facets of our company has helped me understand our business from different perspectives,” he added. With his diverse knowledge and experience, he is able to lead and assist not only his engineering department, but also other departments to make OSG a stronger team.


In his personal life, Herb also has experienced a positive change a few years ago when he became a father. “The entire experience of becoming a parent for the first time has been the greatest occurrence in my life,” said Herb. “Even during the most hectic days, I try to take time out to do something that recharges my family battery.” Herb and his family enjoy traveling to see the different parts of the world. “Stepping outside of your comfort zone by going to unfamiliar destinations is a liberating experience unlike any other,” said Herb. “Our new goal is to learn and explore new cultures.”



OSG Introduces New Thread Milling NC Code Generator Software

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We announced the release of ThreadPro, OSG's latest thread milling NC code generator software.

Generating codes for complex machining couldn’t be easier with ThreadPro, which has eliminated the hassle of having to “enter data as text, copy and replace.” The configuration of multiple paths, which was not adjustable before, has been greatly simplified to enable the easy creation of zero cut programs. In addition to multiple feed (machining at each cutting edge length), single feed (1 pitch per cut) is also available, which is ideal for machining high hardness materials. Last but not least, with the capability to review machining trajectory, trouble-free tool movement can be confirmed to minimize tool damage.

The new ThreadPro is available in 12 different languages and supports eight NC programming languages. The software incorporates “RPRG” value to reduce setup, machining time and achieve stable tool life.

Click here to download!



Committed to Help Shape Future Manufacturers!

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Happy Manufacturing Day!

We believe that manufacturing programs of technical schools are vital to train a skilled manufacturing workforce and also to provide a viable career for students.

Find out what OSG can do to help get more young people interested and prepared for careers in manufacturing technology.




Tooling Tim Interviews OSG Customer Service Reps!

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Happy Tooling Tuesday!
Ever wondered how many phone calls and emails customer service reps receive per day? Tooling Tim interviewed Krista and Veronica from OSG Customer Service team to find out more about their job!


Do you still have some questions? No worries, Tooling Tim is hosting an ALL DAY Q&A session today to answer all of your questions. You can ask any question by commenting on the video on Facebook or by tweeting with #ToolingTim on Twitter!
Don't forget to Like and Follow Tooling Tim on Facebook and Twitter!



Stable and Efficient Milling with OSG PHOENIX® Indexable Tools!

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Are you struggling with unstable machining with your indexable tools? Higher cutting force is one of the main causes of vibration and instability. You want to achieve lower cutting force to prevent vibration, but you are also looking for ways to improve productivity. OSG’s PHOENIX® PSE (90° indexable shoulder cutter) and PHC (indexable high feed cutter) offer solutions that not only provide lower cutting forces and better productivity, but also enhanced rigidity and improved quality of your finished parts. 

Many conventional shoulder mills have difficulty with ramping and helical milling operations due to their design. OSG's PHOENIX® PSE enables productive ramping and helical milling with the insert's bottom notch feature. The PSE's cutting geometry also generates lower cutting forces, and the insert's wiper edge produces superior surface finish. PSE is a multi-purpose cutter that can tackle a wide range of applications including facing, side milling, slotting, ramping and helical milling! Watch PSE in action!

If you have specific needs for a rough milling application and achieving high metal removal rates, our PHC is the go-to tool for you. A combination of sharp cutting edge and high feed cutting edge design makes it possible to achieve productivity and low cutting force even with overhangs! PHC’s economical 4-corner insert with a chip breaker enhances cutting performance while maintaining rigidity. Watch PHC in action!

For a limited time only, you can save on our high performance indexable milling cutters. Take advantage of our amazing deals to achieve stable milling! Click HERE to learn more about the deals!



7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Aviation Industry

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It’s National Aviation Day! OSG and its products support the continuous advancements being made in the aviation industry. So let’s celebrate the day by learning new facts about aviation!


1. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird currently holds the record for the fastest manned aircraft at approximately Mach 3.3 in 1976, but the aircraft was decommissioned in 1998. Standard evasive action for a missile attack was to accelerate until it out ran the missile.


2. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is comprised of more than 50% composite materials and is over 20% more fuel efficient than comparable models of previous design.


3. Boeing’s Everett facility is the largest building in the world by square volume at over 472,000,000 ft and covers just almost 100 acres.


4. The McDonald Douglas F15 Eagle has over 100 aerial victories and 0 losses in air to air combat. It is currently expected to serve in the U.S. Air Force past 2025.


5. The commercial aerospace market is expected to grow from 20,000 aircraft to over 42,000 in the next 20 years, with a need for 36,000 new planes due to demand growth and decommissioned airplanes. This is over a $5 Trillion market.


6. Retired Air Force Brigadier General, Chuck Yeager, is credited as the first person to fly a plane past the speed of sound in 1947 on the experimental Bell X-1.


7. Ohio and North Carolina both claim to be the place where aviation first began. Ohio state license plates read, “Birthplace of Aviation,” and the North Carolina’s reads, “First in Flight.” The Wright brothers dreamed up the idea of the airplane in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio, but Kitty Hawk, North Carolina was where they had their first controlled powered airplane flights.








On the Job with: Tim Holmer

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OSG’s Applications Engineer, Tim Holmer, better known as Tooling Tim, comes to work every day looking for a new adventure. “I like that I get to do many things and wear many hats,” said Tim smiling. “I help customers trouble shoot machining problems, train people on OSG products and industry trends and help make new flyers to just name a few.” Tim enjoys that his position challenges him with new tasks every day.


His greatest challenge in his career at OSG was to learn all of the specific geometries and features of the products. He has overcome this challenge by going over them again and again and eventually teaching them to other people. “I am a big believer that you don’t truly know something until you can teach it to others,” said Tim.


Tim takes care of various tasks at OSG, but he also wears many hats in his personal life. He is a soccer player, an avid traveler and a motorcycle lover! He keeps his life in balance by having a “work hard, play hard” mentality. “When I work hard playing soccer, I help my team win games and when I work hard at OSG, it reflects in my career and OSG’s success,” said Tim.


There is another exciting thing happening for Tim at OSG. Last month he started appearing as Tooling Tim on a video posted on OSG social media sites and hosting Q&A sessions one Tuesday a month! This is a chance for all of you to ask Tooling Tim any questions you have about OSG, his career as an engineer or OSG products. Like Tooling Tim on Facebook and follow @ToolingTimOSG on Twitter to learn when the next Q&A session will be held!



Take OSG Out to the Ballgame!

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“Outsmart, Outservice, Outfun.” As the OSG motto describes, we work hard, but we also know how to have fun! On Saturday, July 25th, we had an annual OSG summer event at the Schaumburg Boomers Baseball Stadium. 169 people including our employees and their families came to watch the game between the Schaumburg Boomers and Rockford Aviators.

One of our traditions at the summer event is to hold a raffle that benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Raffle prizes included a 32” TV, iPad Mini 2, Visa gift cards and Chicago Cubs tickets to name just a few. With the company matching each employee’s contribution, we are donating $7,488 which is $800 more than last summer’s donation!

OSG’s Network Administrator, Brian O’Donnell, was surprised to see the amount of raffle prizes we had! He bought $20 raffle tickets and won $90 worth of gift cards of Starbucks, Lowes, HomeGoods and Dunkin Donuts!

 “Isn’t it refreshing to see your co-workers outside of work?” said Brian. “My family and I enjoyed getting to know my co workers’ families and friends. It was such a family friendly event with a kids-section where my 2-year-old daughter can also have fun and I felt that OSG really values employees’ families.” 

At the end of the game, we had a chance to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for the 7th inning stretch in front of all of the audience at the stadium. What a cool experience!

We want OSG to be the company where everyone laughs, smiles, plays, feels comfortable and connects with each other! Stay tuned for more fun events!


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