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May
2018

OSG Featured in Cutting Tool Engineering Article

Written by Kellie Osgood

Admitting My Mistakes

Author: Kip Hanson

Published May 29, 2018 - 10:15am Cutting Tool Engineering Magazine

I received an email from a reader letting me know that he disagreed with my recent article on tapping versus thread milling. In it, I stated, “There’s little chance of successfully thread milling metals much above 45 HRC. And if you’re going to try to tap them, be prepared to duck the flying shrapnel when the tap explodes!”

We all make mistakes. So when Tom Fares, president of TNT Custom Equipment in Stow, Ohio, called me out on that section of the article, saying that he routinely taps holes in 45 HRC steel alloy and thread mills into “the low 60s,” I listened to what he had to say.

Fares uses an OSG EXOPRO S-XPF oil tap to form M30 × 3.5 threads in a proprietary alloy similar to 1050 steel but heat-treated to 45 HRC. He said he tried “every M30 forming tap I could find,” but this was the only one his Hurco VMX-84 50-taper belt-driven vertical machining center could actually turn without stalling the spindle.

He has nothing but good to say about the OSG oil tap, citing another example of a long-running job where he taps M30 holes in A514 grade 50 plate (a high-strength structural steel). At 250 rpm, the OSG averages up to 9,000 holes through 1.575" thick material compared with 1,750 holes per tap with “the other brand.” That spindle speed is faster than Fares likes, and he thinks tool life would be even better by slowing things down, but he needs to run at that rpm to keep the spindle from stalling.

He also breaks the rules somewhat by using a water soluble, semisynthetic cutting fluid with a chlorinated lube additive. (Speaking for myself, I’d use a sulfur-based oil or squirt a little tapping wax into the hole.) “I know they say water soluble coolant isn’t recommended for form tapping, but it works for me,” said Fares.

On the thread-milling side, he cuts 62 HRC flame-hardened 1045 and 52100 steels for prototypes and fixturing, although this is admittedly “one-off stuff, but it can be done.”

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve tapped thousands of holes over the years. Cut taps, roll taps, spiral, plug and bottoming taps—I’ve used them all in everything from nickel-based superalloys to Teflon. And while thread milling wasn’t possible when I started in the trades, I did my fair share of that as well in later years.

In my defense, Fares is using a coolant-through-the-tool tap. This is one of those “newer” cutting tool technologies that makes a huge difference in many applications but especially when you’re pushing the limits as TNT Custom Equipment does. The tap is also advertised to reduce torque by up to 50 percent compared with competing brands, which is surely another factor in Fares’ success.

Anyway, my bad. My wife is enthusiastic about pointing out my mistakes, but I don’t often hear it from my readers. So thank you for your email, Tom, and for sharing the details with me. That’s the wonderful thing about manufacturing: There are always new things to learn.

You can view the original article by clicking here


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May
2018

OSG USA, INC. Awarded One of the Best Places to Work in Illinois for the Second Year in a Row!

Written by Kellie Osgood

OSG USA, INC. was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Illinois. The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council and Best Companies Group.
This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. The 2018 Best Places to Work in Illinois list is made up of 30 companies in the small employer category (15-99 U.S. employees), 24 companies in the medium employer category (100-499 U.S. employees), and 21 companies in the large employer category (500 or more U.S. employees). OSG USA, INC. has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois in the mid-sized category.
To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
  • Have at least 15 employees working in Illinois;
  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • Be a publicly or privately held business;
  • Have a facility in the state of Illinois; and
  • Be in business a minimum of one year.
Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Illinois. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Illinois and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.
OSG USA, INC. was recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Daily Herald Business Ledger on May 17, 2018 and will be profiled in a special publication on June 18, 2018. The final rankings were announced at the event and will be announced on the Business Ledger website (www.dhbusinessledger.com).
For more information on the Best Places to Work in Illinois program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkinIL.com.

 


22

May
2018

OSG Announces the "Shaping Your Dreams" Scholarship Program for 2018!

Written by Kellie Osgood

 

OSG is proud to announce its "Shaping Your Dreams" Manufacturing and Engineering Scholarship program for 2018 to assist local students in fulfilling their educational goal in the field of Manufacturing, Machining or Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering.

Scholarship Amount:

One-time amount of $1,000 per scholarship (1 available)

Eligible Applicants:

Chicago-area graduating high school seniors, current undergraduate students who wish to pursue higher education in Machining, Manufacturing or Mechanical/Manufacturing/Aerospace Engineering at an approved traditional College or University, Community College, vocational school or technical school.

Criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (when 4.0 is the maximum)

  • References: at least 2 reference letters from math, science, or technology-related instructor

  • Essay: A statement from the applicant about him/herself, future professional goals, and why they are a good candidate for this scholarship

  • In-person interview will be required for finalist candidates

For Details & How to Apply:

Please contact Paul Wilhelm at paul.wilhelm@osgtool.com or 630-790-5153

Or go online: www.osgtool.com/scholarship

Application Deadline: June 15, 2018

Scholarship recipient will be announced July 11, 2018


15

May
2018

OSG Announces the Release of EXOCARB® WXS-CRE End Mills for High Feed Machining!

Written by Kellie Osgood

The following NEW list numbers are associated with the 

EXOCARB® WXS-CRE End Mills:

 

  • List 4472 - EXOCARB® WXS-CRE (Inch)

  • List 4572 - EXOCARB® WXS-CRE (Metric)

 

 The series offers the following features and benefits:

  • Provides advanced productivity with spiral flute design

  • Radius end mill for high feed machining

  • Ideal for stainless steel and titanium as well as cast iron

  • Effective up to 65 HRC steel

  • WXS coating, carbide substrate


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February
2018

Congratulations to our Shaping Your Dreams Scholarship Winners!

Written by Kellie Osgood

 
(Pictured from Left: Kelly Turk, OSG Regional Human Resource Manager; Todd Surritte, OSG Vice President; Maram Safi;
Casey McCormick; Paul Wilhelm, OSG Human Resource Generalist; Chuck Abate, OSG Plant Manager; Pete Gennuso,
OSG Sales Engineering Manager.)
 
On February 7th, 2018, OSG USA, INC. recognized the recipients of its inaugural "Shaping Your Dreams" Scholarship
program, which was created to assist students in fulfilling their educational goals in the field of machining, manufacturing
and Engineering.  
 
Maram Safi of Elk Grove High School and Casey McCormick of Fenwick High School each received the $1,000 scholarship
toward their education in their chosen fields.  Maram would like to major in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
and Casey is targeting Mechanical Engineering.  
 
The students were presented with their awards at OSG's Manufacturing Facility, located in Bensenville, IL. Representatives
from OSG were on hand to present these two very deserving winners with their scholarship certificates.  
 
Congratulations Maram and Casey!  We are eager to see where your education and careers take you!
 
The "Shaping Your Dreams" scholarship program for 2018 will be announced this April and recipients will be chosen
prior to the Fall semester 2018.

2

February
2018

We are pleased to announce the following expansion to our EXOTAP® VCX, EXOTAP® A-Tap®, and PHOENIX® product offerings!

Written by Kellie Osgood

EXOTAP® VCX Series

Added to List 10051:

  • Fractional Sizes (10 edp's)
  • Large diameters from 9/16" through 1"

Added to List 11051:

  • Metric Sizes (12 edp's)
  • Large Diameters from M14 through M24

 

 

EXOTAP® A-TAP® Series

 NEW EDPs Have been added to the following List #'s:

  • List 16500- (5 edp's)
  • List 16505- (3 edp's)
  • List 16510- (5 edp's)
  • List 16515- (1 edp)
  • List 16525- (4 edp's)
  • List 16535- (4 edp's)

OSG PHOENIX® Indexable Inserts:

 PHOENIX® PSE Inserts

 Added to List 78PSE:

  • Corner radius sizes and more polished inserts for precision finishing operations in aluminum.
  • Corner radius sizes for greater variety for shoulder milling & profiling operations.
  • XC3020 & XP3025 as additional options for steel & cast iron operations.

 PHOENIX® PHC Inserts

  • XC3020 & XP3025 to PHC09 & PHC12 offerings as additional options for steel & cast iron operations. 

PHOENIX® PSTW Inserts

Added to List 78PSTW:

  • CK010 grade to cover aluminum applications.
  • GM chipbreaker to cover medium cutting operations in all materials.
  • Additional corner radius sizes to have more variety for shoulder milling operations.

 

PHOENIX® PRC Inserts 

Added to List 78PRC:

  • GL chipbreaker to cover light cutting operations in steel & stainless. 

PHOENIX® PAO Inserts

Added to List 78PAO: 

  • GL chipbreaker to cover light cutting operations in all materials.

9

January
2018

Come See Us At Our Upcoming Trade Shows!

Written by Kellie Osgood

 

Amerimold

Where: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI

When: June 13-14, 2018

Booth #: 136

International Manufacturing Technology Show

Where: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

When: September 10-16, 2018

Booth #: 432080

International Fastener Expo

Where: Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

When: October 29-31, 2018

Booth #: 1137


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