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April
2015

OSG Promotes Jones to Vice President - Sales

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OSG announced the promotion of Rick Jones to Vice President- Sales. Jones joined the OSG sales team as a District Manager in 1986, and he ascended to various leadership positions such as Regional Manager, Area Manager, and most recently the National Sales Manager. Jones has overseen the national sales force of OSG’s cutting tool division as the National Sales Manager since 2013.

 

In his new role, Jones will also oversee the OSG fastener products division sales team in addition to cutting tool sales. “With his 29 years of experience and guidance of OSG’s Sales, we are certain that he will help OSG reach new heights,” said Mike Grantham, the President of OSG.

 

 


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March
2015

OSG New PHOENIX® Catalog for High Performance Indexable Drilling and Milling

Written by OSG




We have introduced our highly anticipated OSG PHOENIX® Vol.4 catalog in print and digital versions!

 

The latest catalog edition is over 150 pages and features new products and many expansions to existing quality lines of indexable milling and drilling. Notable additions to the milling lineup includes 45° face milling cutters, screw fit end mills, and replaceable head end mills. Indexable drills and replaceable head drills also have been added to the drilling offering.


Click here to view the catalog!





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March
2015

The Biggest Loser of 2015 Is...

Written by OSG

We recently completed our Biggest Loser 2015 competition, and the results are in!


For 8 weeks, 91 employees participated in a weight loss challenge involving diet and exercise to see who could lose the most weight. Measured by percentage rather than pounds, the average weight loss was 2.56%. Going well above the average were our top three winners:

 

           First Place: Kevin Dyer—lost 16.11% of weight

           Prize: 50% of the pot and a $75 gift card

 

Second Place: Adrian Garcia—lost 9.27% of weight

Prize: 30% of the pot and a $50 gift card

 

Third Place: Adam Samano—lost 8.57% of weight

Prize: 20% of the pot and a $25 gift card


KEVIN DYER: BEFORE & AFTER

To achieve this win, Kevin Dyer went on a very strict diet, only eating fruit in the morning, a V8 and carrots for lunch, and usually a salad for dinner. Both Kevin and Adrian Garcia gave up beer during the competition, which cut down on extra carbs. Besides giving up beer, Kevin says the hardest part of the competition was not eating hot wings. Overall, the competition left him feeling “really good, and I have much more energy from eating healthier.”


Our second and third place winners also feel better since the competition. Adrian Garcia and Adam Samano, both started going to the gym four to five times a week, on top of a healthier diet. Adrian would wake up at 4:30 every morning so he could get to the gym by 5am. Taking third place in the Exercise Challenge, Adam chose to exercise in the afternoon, and would play on two indoor soccer teams. Both winners felt they gained more energy throughout the day during the challenge.


Along with Adam, the top two winners of the Exercise Challenge were Devon Tatano in First Place and Lee Meyrick in Second Place. Winners received gift cards according to their rank in the challenge.


Overall, this year’s Biggest Loser competition was a great success. We appreciate the hard work of everyone that participated and look forward to our next fitness challenge.



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March
2015

Faster Production with the WXS® High Feed Corner Radius End Mill

Written by OSG

Jacob Van Oost, District Manager


The die and mold industry is a very competitive sector. Shops are constantly 
striving to
 outperform
 competitors by 
quoting shorter 
delivery time, better finish, and lower cost per
 unit. At OSG, we go beyond the quote to demonstrate our abilities in action. With our EXOCARB® WXS® High Feed Corner Radius End Mill, shops are able to achieve faster feed rates, superior surface finishes, and better overall cycle times.

Working with a shop specializing in automotive work in Muskegon, MI, the engineer there wanted a tool that could speed up a process for adding a groove in a P-20 with a 0.25” wide gasket track going around the whole part. The customer originally had it programmed with a 0.25” end mill, but it was taking 3.25 hours to put in the groove. After evaluating the application, we recommended OSG’s EXOCARB® WXS® High Feed Corner Radius End Mill to get the job done.


This corner radius cutter is extremely rigid with a long reach capability. The reverse taper on the cutting edge prevents chattering and eliminates dwell marks on sidewalls. With a new WXS® coating, this end mill oxidizes at around 1300° C, allowing it to withstand much greater heat than competitor tools that are treated with TiAlN.


Initially, we wanted to start the tool at 1,300 RPM and 715 IPM. However, after getting a more detailed look into the program, we realized that the machine for this job could not handle such an aggressive feed rate. To resolve this issue, we decided to cut everything in half, bringing it down to 650 RPM and 357 IPM. Using the EXOCARB® WXS® High Feed Corner Radius End Mill with a light depth of cut, this part of job was completed two hours faster than the original method, and the program time was reduced to merely 35 minutes. The customer was thrilled with the result, and they now use this corner radius end mill to reduce production time overall.


Beyond the automotive industry, this dynamic tool can be applied
 to many applications in die/mold shops. For detailed, 3D contoured parts, it can be used in conjunction with the true 4-flute ball mill. It leaves smaller scallops and has faster metal removal rates than that of ball nosed end mills, making it ideal for roughing. Smaller scallops also makes finishing with the true 4-flute easier and faster, allowing customers to go from roughing straight to finishing, bypassing semi-roughing altogether.


To stay ahead of the competition with faster production, OSG’s EXOCARB® WXS® High Feed Corner Radius End Mill will bypass extra processes along the way.




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March
2015

On the Job with: Kevin McPherson

Written by OSG


Featured Employee: Kevin McPherson

Title: Regrind Lead

Tenure with OSG: 3 years


Regrind Lead with OSG for three years, Kevin McPherson is always working to improve the quality of his department. Before coming to OSG, Kevin got his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Valdosta State University and worked in CNC. At OSG, he enjoys working with his team to find the best solutions to keep up with customers.


Away from work, Kevin is a family man who likes to keep moving, either by running, riding his motorcycle, or traveling to go see his daughter. He also believes in the importance of disconnecting from phones and computers as much as possible to spend quality time with his wife on the weekends.


Kevin learned his best habits from his father, who he calls his hero. “He taught me the importance of a good work ethic and honesty.”



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March
2015

WHO-Ni Drill, WHR-Ni Tap, UVX-Ni End Mill - Total Solution Video

Written by OSG

When tapping, drilling, and milling heat resistant super alloys like Inconel 718, you need tools that can take the heat. OSG provides a total solution tooling trifecta for these tough machining applications.  With the rigid substrates, tailored geometries, and advanced coatings on our EXOPRO® WHR-Ni Taps, EXOPRO® WHO-Ni Drills, and EXOPRO® UVX-Ni End Mills, you can tap, drill, and mill without the worry of rapid wear or extreme breakage.


Check out these tools at work:





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February
2015

On the Job with: Lisa Ryan

Written by OSG


Featured Employee: Lisa Ryan

Title: Customer Service Manager

Tenure with OSG: 12 years


Lisa Ryan, Customer Service Manager at our California office, always tries to live every day joyfully. She’s been with OSG for 12 years and is confident in her work knowing that customers are happy and satisfied with their orders.

 

To keep her joy alive, Lisa loves spending time with her niece and enjoys watching her grow (although a little too quickly). She’s also passionate about her church and her faith. Currently, she serves on two hospitality committees and helps out by cooking breakfast for the church band.

 

But Lisa’s passions go beyond her local endeavors. With a strong desire to travel and see more of the world, Lisa is on a personal quest for discovery and always wants to learn more about herself and others. Even when she doesn’t have the chance to physically travel, she sets a goal to meditate daily so she can continue living a thoughtful and joyful life. 




16

February
2015

EXOCARB® WXL® and WXS®

Written by OSG


For milling pre-hardened and hardened steels, you need an end mill that won’t wear down. OSG’s premium high performance carbide end mills, the 
EXOCARB® WXL® and the EXOCARB® WXS®, are specially designed for rigidity and performance in even the toughest materials and milling applications.


The WXL® is specifically tailored for nonferrous materials and mild steels up to 55HRC, and can withstand up to 1100 degrees Celsius. The WXS®, on the other hand, is made for hardened steels like D2, A2, S7, H13 and CPM, milling up to 65HRC and able to withstand up to 1300 degrees Celsius.


For added strength, our WXS® and WXL® have thicker core diameters and are made of the hardest carbide possible for incredible wear resistance. The higher coating oxidation temperature and hardness keep these end mills performing long after the competition wears out.


Ideal for the Mold & Die industry, the WXS® and WXL® utilize high precision geometry with a +/- 5um radius tolerances for both corner radius and ball end mills, eliminating the need for benching and reworking.


With hard carbide materials combined with high precision, the EXOCARB® WXS® and WXL® are the top hard milling solutions.




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February
2015

Heading to HOUSTEX 2015

Written by OSG


We’re taking tooling to Texas for this year’s HOUSTEX Show. Located at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, HOUSTEX runs February 24 through 26, 2015 and features the latest innovations in manufacturing technology, speakers, and interactive product demonstrations.

 

OSG will be featuring a variety of tools at this year’s show. To showcase our newest innovations, we’re featuring our all-purpose EXOTAP® A-TAP designed to excel in a wide variety of materials and applications and the EXOPRO® WHR-Ni, a spiral point tap for nickel-based alloy applications. We’re also bringing the EXOCARB® WDO Drill series, our high performance coolant-fed carbide drills for ferrous and non-ferrous materials, and our EXOPRO® UVX-Ni End Mills with a variable helix design to reduce vibration in difficult-to-machine materials like nickel alloy. Plus, we will showcase some of our indexables from our high performance PHOENIX series, such as the multifunctional PSE shoulder cutter and ultra performance PHC cutter for maximum metal removal rates.

 

We’re excited to be a part of another great HOUSTEX show! Come down and see us at Booth #258. Register today.




10

February
2015

Aero Rougher for the Tough and Nasty

Written by OSG

Chris Presley, District Manager

Inconel – oh no! Its a tool killer. Its too tough and nasty to cut!”

This is a common customer reaction when dealing with Inconel. It is a difficult material, but should it make shops run for the hills? Absolutely not! Common in the aerospace industry, Inconel is one of the toughest high temperature resistant materials. However, with the correct tool, it too can be easier to machine.

One of my customers working with Inconel was in need of a 5/8” end mill for a new project involving an aerospace engine part that they were quoting. After examining the job, we realized that removing all the material would be the biggest challenge.

For their slotting operation, I recommended OSGs EXOCARB® Aero Rougher. Many people in the industry are familiar with older end mill designs such as the Corncob Rougher and Knuckle End Mill. Our Aero Rougher, however, is not just a typical Corncob Rougher. It is specially designed for maximum metal removal in exotic high temperature materials. The uniquely configured serrations on the cutting edge reduce friction, thereby generating less heat and requiring less horsepower than standard or variable helix carbide end mills. In addition, the combination of the shallow profile serration and the 45° helix provides a much smoother surface finish.

With it being a new project, my customer needed to make profit but also keep costs down in order to win the bid. To determine if the Aero Rougher was their best choice, we tested it against two other competitors that had a variable design.

To begin the test, we used the OSG recommended speeds and feeds for the application, 520 RPM at 2.7 IPM. With the majority of the cuts being a slot, we recommended 0.156” on the depth of cut (DOC).  In the end, the operator was delightfully surprised when he saw the results of the OSG tool performance. After several trials, the customer was able to push the Aero Rougher to 0.200” DOC. OSG scored lower in cost and provided the customer a completed part.  The competitors, on the other hand, were not even able to finish the job.

In todays competitive market, OSGs EXOCARB® Aero Rougher is able to provide users the ability to run tools with higher feed rates and deeper depths of cuts for reduced cutting time. It not only handles the tough and the nasty, but it helps eliminate stress when working with Inconel. 



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