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February
2015

EXOPRO® UVX-Ni End Mill Video

Written by OSG

Heat resistant super alloys like Inconel 718 have low thermal conductivity, causing rapid and extreme wear of the cutting tool due to concentrated heat on the cutting zone. To combat against this issue, OSG developed the EXOPRO® UVX-Ni End Mill. This high performance end mill has a five-flute variable helix design to facilitate excellent chip shape and evacuation, while the tapered core and special edge prep rigidity protects against wear. These features allow for consistent, stable machining in side milling, pocketing and slotting operations.


Check it out in action to see the difference!



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January
2015

OSG Changes Name to Better Reflect Core Competencies

Written by OSG




We have officially changed our name to OSG USA, INC. from OSG Tap & Die, Inc.

 

The corporate name change was made to better reflect the diverse array of products and services that OSG markets domestically. “It was important to change our name because of the full line of tooling products we offer to the US market beyond taps and dies,” said Mike Grantham, President of OSG USA. “Our customers have come to know us for all of the superior products we offer, so it was time to remove the “Tap and Die” from our name,” Grantham added.



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January
2015

Who's the Biggest Loser of 2015

Written by OSG



Around the office, people are running to the gym and stocking up on their fruits and veggies—OSG’s Biggest Loser competition has begun! For the 6th year in a row, we’re counting calories and getting active to see who can win our fitness contest. 


The Biggest Loser is a part of our year-around wellness program, which has given us recognition since 2010 by the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Employer in the Gold Category. We’re looking to continue this trend with 92 employees involved in this year’s competition—our best participation yet!


To track everyone’s weight loss, participants are weighed-in at the beginning and end of the contest with three optional weigh-ins in between. We’ve also implemented the use of the Lose It app, which tracks food intake and exercise sessions to help employees set goals throughout the contest.


By measuring weight loss percentage rather than pounds, employees who already live healthy lifestyles can participate as well. Plus, smaller challenges throughout the program allow more people to win while providing additional motivation.

As for the biggest winners of the Biggest Loser competition, a cash prize is awarded through a $5 buy-in, plus additional prizes:


- 1st Prize—50% of the pot and a $75 gift card
- 2nd Prize—30% of the pot and a $50 gift card
- 3rd Prize—20% of the pot and a $25 gift card


Kelly Turk, Compensation and Benefits Specialist for OSG, oversees the competition and recognizes the benefits of pushing wellness at OSG. “We’re already ahead of the game as far as wellness. Other companies are only now starting to incorporate fitness into their companies—we’ve been doing this for 6 years! By tying wellness into cost benefits, we incentivize people by offering discounts on their health insurance as well as other prizes. We want to encourage people to be healthy and go to the doctor to stay well long past the competition.”


We wish everyone competing the best of luck and can’t wait to see who this year’s Biggest Loser will be! 


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January
2015

On the Job with: Dan Volpe

Written by OSG



Featured Employee:
 Dan Volpe

Title: Senior Inside Tech

Tenure with OSG: 18.5 years

 

Dan Volpe is a passionate and dedicated man both in the gym and at OSG. He’s been a member of our team for almost 19 years and worked hard to move from the warehouse into his current position as our Senior Inside Tech. He is also committed to living a healthy lifestyle and is enthusiastic about running and working out.

 

Dan has been devoted the past three years to getting fit. His hard work paid off, losing over 100 pounds since he started. He continues to stay in shape and encourages others to follow his lead.

 

With the help of his family, Dan stays motivated and views each day as a blessing.  He looks up to his parents and appreciates their encouragement throughout his weight loss process and throughout his life. “They are always by my side whenever I need them.”




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January
2015

All Forming Taps are Not Created Equal

Written by OSG

David Aly, Aerospace Specialist

 

Just because you’ve tried one forming tap, doesn’t mean you’ve tried them all. We had the recent opportunity to prove that OSG forming taps are better than the rest.

 

As a supplier of custom fabricated metal products and machinery, one of our customers approached us wanting to get better chip control during their tapping operation. Located in Winona, Mississippi, they have a 92,500 square foot manufacturing facility for producing fuel tanks, hydraulic tanks and custom designed machining fixtures.



After discussing the customer’s chip control needs, I recommended OSG’s EXOTAP® NRT® Forming Tap, a more stable, thread rolling tap that makes threads by compressing the work material without creating chips. Because no chip is produced, breakage due to chip packing and bird nesting is eliminated.

 

The EXOTAP® NRT®  also has significantly reduced friction resistance because of its special threading design and surface treatment. Made from VC-10 Powdered Metal High Speed Steel, this forming tap has a longer tool life when tapping difficult to machine materials like carbon steels, alloy steels, stainless steels and aluminum alloy.

Initially, the shop foreman, Mr. William Smith, was hesitant about using a forming tap due to a bad experience with a competitor’s brand. After I showed William a presentation and a chip flow demonstration video, he was willing to give our forming tap a chance.

 

We approached his staff with OSG’s EXOTAP® NRT® Forming Tap in hand.  After explaining the test with the operator and reiterating
that there will be no chips, we began the trial.

 

A few days later, I called to check in on their progress. William enthusiastically explained that he was still running the same tap. He had lost count of the number of holes produced but assured me that it was well over 1,000 holes! After such a successful run with the first test tap, he purchased more of the test size, now truly convinced that all forming taps are not created equal.




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December
2014

On the Job with: Ron Portwine

Written by OSG


Featured Employee: Ron Portwine

Title: Operations Manager

Tenure with OSG: 7 years


Our operations manager at the new Atlanta office doesn’t take no for an answer.  With his “go for it” attitude and dedication, Ron Portwine is always striving to learn and be better than the day before.


Ron has a desire to grow outside of the office as well. At home, he is Mr. Fix-it and always tries to improve his handy skills. He also enjoys a good game of golf, because the nuances of competing against oneself forces honesty and integrity - two characteristics that are important to him.


His passion and perseverance extend to his home and spiritual life. His faith, his wife and two daughters are what keep his life in balance. Priorities in Ron’s life are important, which he recognizes as: “First God, then job, then family, and finally self. God gives me my abilities for the job, without the job I could not take care of my family, and, of course, always take time for yourself.”




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December
2014

EXOPRO® WHR-Ni Tap Video

Written by OSG

Tap heat resistant super alloys like Inconel 718 without the risk of breakage using OSG’s EXOPRO® WHR-Ni Taps. The unique rake angle combined with OSG’s powdered metal substrate improves cutting edge rigidity, while the addition of OSG’s proprietary HR coating offers superior wear resistance for significantly longer tool life.


 




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December
2014

The Story of Sterling: The History of OSG’s Parma Branch

Written by OSG



As a leading manufacturer of cutting tools, OSG Tap & Die is best known for our high performance, quality taps. But there is less attention brought to our other namesake: the OSG Die Division. Ten years after OSG Corporation was founded in 1938 in Tokyo, Japan, Sterling Die Operation was established halfway across the globe in Cleveland, Ohio. These two companies continued to grow separately, towards a future where the two would eventually merge to become one internationally successful business.


Sterling Die Operation began as a supplier of thread rolling dies. During its early years, the company focused on manufacturing for the Aerospace and Defense industries in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and as technology progressed, worked its way into the Automotive and Industrial industries in the 1990’s.


At the turn of the century, Sterling Die Operation achieved international recognition by becoming ISO certified. To date, they have never failed an ISO audit. This accomplishment has allowed the company to expand to global markets, which ultimately made the eventual merger with OSG possible.



On June 1st, 2004, OSG Tap and Die purchased Sterling Die Operation from its previous owner, EnPro Industries, Inc. Four years later, under the name Sterling Die, Inc., OSG Fastener Products Division merged with Sterling to create a stronger overall company.


This Parma, Ohio branch of OSG is now one of the largest full-line domestic die manufacturers in the United States. This modern facility now offers a wide range of products for the thread forming industry including flat, cylindrical, planetary, trimming, rack and segmented carbide dies, along with bent shank taps, nib taps and gages. They also provide reconditioning services for OSG and non-OSG dies. By combining OSG’s global history with Sterling Die’s hardworking perseverance, we have molded a company with a well-rounded future to shape the dreams of our customers worldwide.




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December
2014

VGx - More Than Just Variable

Written by OSG

Jerry Von Bokel, District Manager


To stay competitive, companies need to keep overhead under control to reduce unnecessary cost. To do this, customers often want to eliminate sub-contracting and choose the most efficient tool for in-house production. This is where OSG’s HY-PRO® CARB VGx variable geometry end mill series comes into play.  


One customer located in St. Louis, MO came to us when they were just starting to cut their own parts for the power generation industry. Previously they were sub-contracting this work to other vendors, but the customer knew that it would be less expensive to produce the parts in-house. They already had a couple machining centers in the facility to do emergency work. All they needed was to find the right tooling to perform the production of their own parts. The lead machinist found success with a competitor’s end mill, but he was open to trying
 something new if 
it would benefit
 the company. I
 suggested OSG’s HY-PRO® CARB VGx end mills.

The VGx series features chatter-free machining of a wide range of materials and milling applications. The VGx’s variable index and eccentric relief design helps eliminate chatter by breaking up harmonics that are produced during normal milling operations. For further stability and minimal wear, the VGx’s raised land configuration and OSG’s TiAIN coating keeps the VGx end mill cutting consistently at accelerated speeds.


With its sophisticated design, the VGx excels in difficult-to-machine materials, such as carbon, alloy steels, cast irons, stainless steels, titanium and nickel alloys, while maintaining high metal removal rates. This keeps inventory cost low due to the reduced need to stock multiple cutters.


We decided to run a test with the VGx versus the competitor’s end mill. The customer was cutting 410 Stainless Steel using a 1⁄4” and a 3/16” with .03 corner radius. We first ran the competitor’s end mill at 75 SFM, 4,800 RPM, and 38 IPM. To compare, we then ran the 3/16” VGx end mill at 290 SFM, 5,900 RPM, and 23 IPM. By using the VGx, we reduced the cycle time by two minutes on the 3/16” and by three minutes on the 1⁄4” cutter. Not only did we save the customer time, but the VGx produced twice as many parts for increased overall productivity.


After all the tests had been completed, the operator was still trying to wear out the OSG cutter with no success. The VGx End Mill far surpassed his expectation and was able to run with any materials that they cut, which finally sold the customer on the VGx series. They now stock over
 40 different styles of the HY-PRO® VGx End Mills and are ready to tackle any materials that come their way, proving that the “V” in VGx not only stands for “variable” – but “versatile” as well.




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November
2014

OSG Opens Southeast Regional Service Center

Written by OSG

We are expanding our presence in the Southeast by opening a new Regional Service Center at 5324 Georgia Highway 85 in Forest Park, Georgia. Set to open on December 1st, the 21,198-square-foot facility will stock a complete line of cutting tools, with over 25,000 SKU's for OSG taps, end mills, drills, indexables, as well as other products including thread gages and holders. We expect to create at least 10 new warehouse and customer service positions with this expansion.

 

OSG's primary objective is to significantly improve service levels to customers in the Southeast by reducing delivery times. With the opening of this facility, our customer support is now available nationwide from the Eastern time zone through the Pacific, where OSG already operates a facility in Placentia, California. The Atlanta facility also creates a second fully functional warehouse operation to service customers in the event of an operations outage at the main headquarters operation in the Chicago-area.

 

"We are very excited to expand our operations into the Atlanta area. This new facility will help improve our order fulfillment times to customers in the Southeast and give them another reason to look to OSG for their cutting tool requirements," said OSG President, Mike Grantham.




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