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!




The OSG BOOT CAMP Winners are...

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Just in time for summer, we completed our annual BOOT CAMP and the results are in! We have become physically stronger, and we are ready to enjoy the summer fun! BOOT CAMP started on May 4th with initial tests in planks, sit-ups, squats, push-ups, vertical jumps and a 40 yard dash. Employees had 6 weeks to improve their scores from the initial results.


Overall, 12 participants improved their scores by at least 20%. The average improvement was 33%. Our top 2 winners went well above the average:


Most Improved Performer: Irma Carrera, QA Inspector II—improved her score by 131%


Most Improved Runner-Up: Pravina Panchigar, QA Inspector IV—improved her score by 86%


OSG also has some great performers who demonstrated their physical strength with the highest test scores!


Highest Performing Female: Alyssa Walther, Applications Engineer


Highest Performing Male: Ian Duncan, Inventory Control Planner



You are probably wondering how well they performed in the tests. Our highest performing female, Alyssa, who practices volleyball regularly, excelled in the squats and vertical jump tests and the 40 yard dash. Her vertical jump score was 19.50 inches, and she ran the 40 yards in 5.50 seconds! Our highest performing male, Ian, also showed his strength in the plank test. He held a plank for over 2 minutes! According to the research, average men should be able to hold a plank for at least a minute, so Ian went well above the average.

Summer just started, and it is not too late to kick-start your fitness. From OSG BOOT CAMP, we recommend the plank to improve your core stability and strength. It is likely that you have great physical fitness if your core is strong. Not only does the plank exercise strengthen your body, but it also improves your mood! If you sit at your desk all day at work, your muscles tighten up. According to LIVE STRONG.COM, we are able to stretch stiff muscles that contribute to stress by practicing the plank exercise. In addition, plank exercise can help calm your brain to reduce stress!

Congratulations to the winners and stay tuned for the OSG’s next fitness challenge!

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