3 New Applications for Composites We Can't Stop Talking About

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1. “Real” hoverboard made with composites
ARCA Space Corporation will launch a “real” hoverboard without wheels called ArcaBoard in April. ArcaBoard is powered by 272 horse power and 203,000watts of installed power. Aerospace grade composites were used for the board to make it light weight and rigid. The ArcaBoard weighs 180lbs and it is able to fly up to 1ft (off the ground?) with speeds up to 12.5mph.

2. An earthquake resistant office made with composites

A Japanese fabric manufacturer, Komatsu Seiren, and a Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, constructed an earthquake-proof office using composites. The carbon fibers root the building and numerous carbon fiber rods called CABKOMA Strand Rods surround the building. The CABKOMA Strand Rod is a thermoplastic light weight carbon fiber compositewith high elasticity and a tougher structural body. According to Composite Manufacturing, “The company claims that it is the lightest seismic reinforcement in the world.”

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3. 3D printed arm brace for Carolina Panthers made with composites

Carolina Panthers line backer, Thomas Davis, broke his arm during the NFC Championship game that led Panthers to Super Bowl 50. Despite the injury, he was able to compete during Super Bowl by wearing a 3-D printed arm brace made with a plastic and elastomer composite. According to Composite Manufacturing, Davis tried 3 other regular braces, but he chose the 3D printed composite brace “for its toughness.”

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Reaming Composites Made Easy with the EXOPRO® AERO-D-REAM!

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Are you having issues with peel-up, thrust and delamination when drilling or reaming carbon and glass fiber composites? These composites are constructed with layers of material that are prone to delamination. You are probably having problems with your tool life as well. Carbon fiber is known to be abrasive, and could easily wear your tool down. If your tool loses its sharpness, it pushes the material away instead of cutting, producing uncut fibers. This forces you to continually monitor your tools while machining.

With OSG’s EXOPRO® AERO-D-REAM, you can machine carbon and glass fiber composites without worrying about tool life. The AERO-D-REAM features OSG’s patented diamond coating which significantly improves tool life and hole quality. The coating has a maximum diamond grain size diameter of 2μm. This strictly controlled diameter allows our coating to be super smooth and extremely sharp! We also utilize grinding techniques on our special carbide substrate which prolongs tool life.

When the AERO-D-REAM was compared to its uncoated counterpart, it was able to drill 14 times more holes and provided better hole quality. At 180 holes, it did not show any signs of margin wear!

In addition, the AERO-D-REAM has a tapered-4-flute design to limit peel-up at hole entrance as well as elongated double-angle geometry to reduce thrust and limit exit delamination.

Sounds too good to be true? We are currently offering promotional deals to save up to 15% on our aerospace tools including the EXOPRO® AERO-D-REAM! Click here to learn more about our deals.



OSG Sponsors Engineering Teams at Purdue University and the University of Michigan

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Did you know that some college students design and manufacture mini-baja vehicles and submarines? Not only do these students take engineering classes, but also they get to implement their knowledge by designing, machining parts and assembling a vehicle. We at OSG believe that such opportunities to actually manufacture a complete vehicle will inspire these future manufacturers and will develop their skills and creativity.

To help these students in their efforts to manufacture these vehicles, OSG donated over $30,000 in new cutting tools to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja Racing Team at Purdue University and the Human Powered Submarine Team at the University of Michigan.

“Through our tooling donations to the Purdue University’s Mini-Baja Racing Team and the University of Michigan’s Human Powered Submarine Team, we hope to help these engineers better understand metal cutting through the use and applications of OSG’s advanced and innovative cutting tools,” said Mike Cotton, Marketing Manager at OSG.

The SAE Mini-Baja Racing Team at Purdue University designs, manufactures and races a one-person off-road vehicle.  The team participates in three regional competitions annually. The Human Powered Submarine Team at the University of Michigan also designs and fabricates their submarines to participate in national and international competitions.

Students of the Mini-Baja Racing Team and the Human Powered Submarine Team received the tooling donations last week, and they are getting ready to install the tools in their machines. 

“These end mills are very high quality, and we are excited to put them to good use,” said Tasha Gillum, a student from the University of Michigan’s Human Powered Submarine Team.

We were glad to see the students open the boxes of new tooling with big smiles on their faces. Seeing them excited to use our tools made us realize how important it is for us to be a part of educating manufacturing students. We continue to actively work with technical colleges and universities to demonstrate our commitment to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.   



Scott Daggett to Present at AeroDef

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Our very own, Scott Daggett, better known as an OSG aerospace expert, will be presenting “Milling High Speed vs. Surface Finish in Composites” at AeroDef in Long Beach, California on Wednesday, February 10th. AeroDef is the most recognized trade show in the aerospace industry where numerous aerospace innovations are presented.

During Scott’s presentation, he will compare various common and commercially available end mills and routers for composites. By examining various geometries, attendees will learn which style of end mills and routers are the best for achieving high feed rates, superior surface finish and lower cutting temperature. Scott’s presentation will assist you in choosing right the geometries for machining specific types of composites.

Scott has been with OSG for 16 years and has diverse experience providing customer support, training and developing products. He has previously spoken at AeroDef, AeroCon, Boeing Symposium and IMTS. Currently as a National Aerospace Specialist, he will be hosting OSG’s 2016 Aerospace Seminars which cover composites and high temp alloys.

Scott’s AeroDef presentation will begin at 3PM on Wednesday, February 10th in room S-7 during the Machining & Drilling of Composites session. Be sure to also stop by OSG’s booth #237 to speak with our industry experts and learn about our latest innovations!



OSG USA, INC. Acquires Assets and Manufacturing Technology for IMU Dies

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OSG USA, INC. announced that it has acquired the assets and proprietary manufacturing technology of IMU Dies. Effective immediately, OSG is the exclusive source for IMU branded dies globally.


“IMU has produced and sold dies for almost 40 years, so we are excited to now be able to sell them as an OSG brand and manufacture them at our fastener products plant in Parma, Ohio,” said Mike Grantham, President of OSG USA. 


Customers can order IMU branded dies by contacting OSG USA at the following:



12502 Plaza Drive

Parma, OH 44130

Phone: (216) 267-1300

(800) 533-1300

FAX: (216) 267-3356



OSG Becomes Official Sponsor of New Space Mission to Tackle Space Debris

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OSG Corporation held a press conference today at the Hotel Arc Riche Toyohashi to announce its sponsorship with Astroscale, a Singapore-based private space company founded in 2013, on the world’s very first in-situ micro satellite “IDEA OSG 1” to collect and monitor data on sub-millimeter sized debris in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) region in real-time.


The mission of the “IDEA OSG 1” sponsorship aims to contribute to the sustainable use of the space environment by actively developing solutions against space debris. OSG’s corporate tagline “shaping your dreams” summarizes its passion for new challenges and commitment to assist clients accomplish their goals. With the new “IDEA OSG 1” mission, OSG strives to utilize its know-how and resources to protect the environment beyond earth, shaping your dreams for space.



On the Job with: John Taylor

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Featured Employee: John Taylor

Title: Pacific Northwest District Manager

Tenure with OSG: 3 years

John Taylor was named OSG’s 2015 Salesman of the Year. He is a rookie with just 3 years of experience in sales at OSG. You are probably wondering if he really has what it takes to be the top salesman. What makes him different is that he utilizes various people to further his knowledge. When he wasn’t making calls and customer visits, he listened and asked questions. Yes, it is that simple.

For John, a coffee break with a colleague can turn into a training session. “One time I spent 3 hours at Starbucks with an indexable expert from OSG to learn milling techniques, trouble shooting and calculations without realizing how many hours have passed,” said John.  He believes that’s how he gets better at selling even if it requires tremendous time and effort. “I pushed myself out of the comfort zone to grow through failures and successes,” said John.

This top salesman doesn’t stop pushing himself further. He is already on a mission to achieve his next goal. “I would like to become an expert in indexable tooling,” said John. “Its versatility and complexity of the industry excites me.”  

When John isn’t visiting customers or doing his homework, he enjoys working out or watching Seattle Seahawk’s football games.



3 Myths about Manufacturing Jobs

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1. Manufacturing jobs are low income jobs.

On average, manufacturing workers earn $77,060 yearly while other average workers earn $60,168. According to Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 20% of workers with technical certificates earn more than the workers with Bachelor’s of Arts degrees. 30% of workers with associate’s degrees make more than the workers with four-year college degrees. Even 20 years after graduation this stays true.


2. Manufacturing jobs are blue-collar and low skilled jobs, so they are only for “certain” people.

Manufacturing jobs require creativity, innovation, analytical and problem solving skills. You will be surprised to see how challenging and high tech manufacturing jobs can be especially when you get involved in R&D. According to the Manufacturing Institute, 80% of manufactures are experiencing a skills gap. Their applicants are not skilled enough to perform in production positions that require high levels of critical thinking. The majority of manufacturers help their employees pursue higher education while they work by providing financial help.


3. Manufacturing jobs are dirty jobs with oily floors and noisy machines.

Nowadays, manufacturing has also turned into a high-tech industry. Machines look very modern, and are operated with computers and touch screen key boards. Shop floors are clean and shop temperature is controlled to maintain product quality. The days of the dirty floors and miserable shop conditions are a thing of the past!


On the first Friday in October annually, MFG DAY leads the way to inspire future manufacturers. Its missions include addressing stigmas of manufacturing by encouraging current manufacturers to show what the modern manufacturing really is like. Many manufactures joined its effort and held numerous events this year to invite students from high schools or technical colleges. According to a post-event survey conducted by MFG DAY, as a result of their efforts and collaboration with manufacturers, 81% of students believe that manufacturing jobs are both interesting and rewarding, and 71% of students want to tell their friends and families about manufacturing. By motivating and educating students, we are shaping the future of manufacturing!








Manufactuing and Engineering Technology Expo to debunk the myth of manufacturing jobs

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What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you think of manufacturing jobs? Some of you probably imagine a dirty shop floor and oily, noisy machines. Sadly, this is what most of the people think of manufacturing. However, the College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn, Illinois has been trying to debunk this myth about manufacturing by showing interested students what manufacturing really is. As part of this effort, COD hosted their 4th annual Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Expo last week at their Technical Education Center (TEC).

Over 200 students from 9 local high schools visited the expo and interacted with 15 vendors who came prepared to provide information about their businesses and discuss potential career paths. The students also received a tour of the beautiful machine shop at the TEC.

As we continue to embrace the mission behind MfgDay which is to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, OSG volunteered to participate in the COD expo as a vendor and talked to the students about our company, available career paths and internship opportunities. OSG district sales manager, Matt Dahlberg, also shared his experiences from his career. Matt graduated from Technology Center of DuPage and started in manufacturing as an apprentice at a local die mold company. Over the past 13 years, Matt progressed in his career to CNC machinist, CNC machine programmer, then CAD/CAM designer and most recently to OSG district manager. In his present position, Matt applies his years of manufacturing shop floor experience to help his customers cost effectively and efficiently manufacture their parts with OSG drills, taps, end mills, indexable cutting tools and thread forming die products.


Nowadays, most high schools encourage and prepare students to attend 4-year-colleges after graduation. Fenton High School in Bensenville, Illinois also focuses on sending students to 4-year-colleges, but the technical education teacher, Ben Nelson, decided to take his students to this year’s expo. “I want to make my students realize the variety of career paths available to them,” said Nelson. “Matt’s career path is eye opening for kids because average kids do not know such a career path is actually possible.”

On the other hand, the technology and engineering program at Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois focuses more on developing students’ practical skills. Andy Rupnick, technology and engineering teacher at Lake Park High School said, “We are pushing career readiness.” The school has just opened a new innovation center which houses 10 brand new manufacturing machines. The new facility is used to accommodate 5 sections of classes in manufacturing and 4 sections of classes in engineering. Rupnick said he has a large number of students who are interested in a manufacturing career.

Associate Professor of Manufacturing Technology at COD, Jim Filipek, taught a class during the expo that shared with students the advantages and disadvantages of a manufacturing career. He said it is important for us to be honest with the students and to tell them how manufacturing jobs really are.

“A manufacturing career is not glamorous, and you do not dress up to go to work,” said Filipek, “but it gives you job security with a thick wallet which replaces being glamorous.”

OSG wants to help change the stereotype of manufacturing as a dirty shop floor environment and to share the rewarding job opportunities available to today’s students through our involvement in the community and with these technical school programs. In order to be successful, we understand that manufacturers share the responsibility with educators to inspire students to consider and pursue manufacturing careers. In the long run, this is essential to the future of American manufacturing.  





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!

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