On the Job with: Tom Schlueter
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Featured Employee: Tom Schlueter
Title: Senior Production Control Planner / QA Supervisor
Tenure with OSG: 36 years
During Tom Schlueter’s 36 years with OSG, he has worked his way from Machine Operator all the way up to Senior Production Control Planner and QA Supervisor at the Parma, Ohio office. No matter what position he is in, Tom believes in always doing his best and the importance of honesty. These traits have certainly helped him grow at OSG over the years.
In order to do his best, Tom relies on and values his teammates, saying that they are “what makes everyone’s future bright” at the company. He is often complimented on his training skills, which helps the team continue to grow and develop.
When Tom isn’t planning production control, he’s coordinating family trips to Disney World. He always puts family first, spending as much time as he can with his wife, daughter, and two puppies. The work and home life balance is hard to achieve, but Tom’s years of experience have taught him that simplicity is best, and that even “a visit to an antique mall on a Saturday afternoon” with his family can make all the difference.
EXOPRO® WHO-Ni Drill Video
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The EXOPRO® WHO-Ni drill series from OSG can take
the heat when processing Nickel Alloy, Inconel 718 and other hardened steels.
These high performance drills incorporate OSG’s exclusive WXS
nano-coating, which has been developed specifically for high heat applications.
Internal coolant holes offer further heat resistance and chip evacuation, while
a slow helix angle provides ultimate rigidity with minimal wear even after
hundreds of holes.
Tools to Shape the Future
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Actions speak louder than words, and we at OSG are using our new tagline – “Shaping Your Dreams” – to inspire outreach. In an ongoing effort to get more young people interested and prepared for careers in manufacturing technology, we donated over $85,000 in new tooling to Chicago-area colleges.
Mike Grzybowski, Regional Manager for OSG, has delivered tools to College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Joliet Junior College and the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Students involved in these manufacturing programs will now have access to training with industry-leading tools which will better prepare them for going into the field.
Grzybowski most recently visited the College of Lake County where instructor Jeff Hines received the donation. He was extremely appreciative of the tooling as well as the decimal charts, safety glasses and catalogs that OSG additionally provided. In reviewing the technical information within the OSG catalogs, Hines realized the valuable information it contains and will look to it for teaching lessons in the future.
Dave Szumowski, Mechanical Production Technology Instructor at Joliet Junior College, also received a visit from OSG. Szumowski truly appreciated the thought and generosity of OSG to think of Joliet Junior College and donate such a large amount of tooling for their program. He recognizes the importance of fostering an ongoing relationship with OSG moving forward, including hosting OSG guest speakers and more.
When visiting College of DuPage, Grzybowski delivered the cutting tools and other training aids to Jim Filipek, Coordinator of Manufacturing Technology. Having worked in manufacturing and machining for years before retiring and becoming a teacher, Filipek knows the importance of being trained with quality tools from the start.
“This action by OSG allows us to train the workforce of tomorrow with the tooling of today!” Filipek was grateful for the donation and believes the addition of OSG’s tooling is going to help their program tremendously.
Reaching out to these local colleges is one way that we can improve the future of students looking to go into the manufacturing industry. By providing the quality tools they need to learn the trade, we are certain to get engineers and machinists who are better prepared and more driven in the field for years to come.
EX-SUS-GDR Drill Reduces Cost per Part on Stainless Steel Exhaust Header
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Darrel McCoy, District Manager
The 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson Auction located in
Scottsdale, AZ. is no ordinary auction. It is “The World’s Greatest Collector
Car Events™,” which captures the essence of a passionate obsession that
collectors and enthusiasts share throughout the world. I was fortunate enough
to attend the auction where I saw lines of gorgeous vehicles and watched a
$50,000 bid shoot up to $250,000 in 30 seconds, all for a used car!
Many of the high performance vehicles displayed in the auction had employed the exhaust manifold design, also known as the exhaust header design, for car tuning. Exhaust headers are one of the easiest
performance because they make
it easier for
the engine to
gases out of
the cylinders. Most headers
for naturally aspirated
in mild steel, while headers for turbo charged engines, on the other hand, are often manufactured in 304 Stainless Steel.
Recently, one of my customers from Las Vegas, NV, who is a header plate manufacturer, called regarding a drilling operation in 304 Stainless Steel. He had been using standard cobalt drills but was not able to produce a good hole and had encountered some abnormal sound during the operation. To solve the problem, the customer had to pay to water jet at $40
per part. Not only were they losing money, they also had to extend their lead-time by using an outside vendor.
After a careful examination of the application, I recommended OSG’s EX-SUS-GDR drill from the EX-GOLD® series. OSG’s EX-SUS-GDR drill is manufactured from premium high-speed steel, ideal for stainless steels, mild steels and aluminum alloys. The addition of OSG’s TiN or TiALN coating improves wear-resistance and prolongs tool life.
During the first test, the EX-SUS-GDR drill also encountered the abnormal sound, producing a long thick chip and breaking after the second hole. I was concerned with the chip formation while the customer was concerned with the sound, breakage and no parts. I knew that once we had the chip formation under control, the sound and tool life would increase. So, starting off slow, we increased the 10 mm EX-SUS-GDR drill to 480 RPM with 0.009 IPR. With these simple adjustments, we were able to produce 120 holes and finish the job with no trouble whatsoever.
At the end of the day, this customer was not only able to produce holes efficiently and effectively, but they also eliminated the need to utilize an outside vendor, reducing lead-time and cost per part.
The success of large auto events like the 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson Auction depend on having consistent, working parts in all of their cars. By using our EX-SUS-GDR drill combined with the right cutting tool strategy, our customer was able to produce parts more efficiently, allowing them to continue to supply cars with headers that hold up under the spotlight.