OSG Introduces the New EXOCARB® ADF Drills!

 

We announced the release of our new EXOCARB® ADF drills. The ADF combines two operations in one for the drilling of inclined surfaces and counterboring applications.

 

The ADF was developed with an “all-purpose” concept for superior versatility, reliability and quality for flat-bottom holes. Machining a flat hole traditionally required the use of an end mill and a drill. The ADF enables one-step drilling thereby simplifying machining time and tool management. The drill’s balanced point form improves precision and minimizes the shifting of hole position. Its sharp cutting edge results in low cutting force to minimize burrs even in thin plates. With a wide chip room geometry, trouble-free chip evacuation can be achieved. Furthermore, with the addition of OSG’s new proprietary EgiAs coating, tool life can be prolonged with excellent heat and wear resistance.

 

The ADF is engineered for a wide variety of drilling applications including inclined surfaces, curved surfaces, counterboring, eccentric holes, thin plates, etc. It is suitable for common materials such as carbon steel, alloy steel, hardened steel (up to 35 HRC) and cast iron. Standard types are available in diameters from 2 to 20 mm; long types are available in diameters from 3 to 20 mm).

 

Orthodontics Made Easier

By Dustin Loschiavo, District Manager

 

 

Did you know there are twice as many people wearing braces today than there were 15 years ago? The need for the new and improved orthodontic products has grown rapidly.  I recently visited American Orthodontics in Sheboygan, WI, one of the largest Orthodontics manufacturers in the world. They have just introduced the PowerScope, a wire to wire device that eliminates the need for headgear and special bands with more comfort and a better aesthetic appearance.

             

                                          

I spoke with Lee Vogel, Manufacturing Engineer at American Orthodontics, who expressed that they were having a problem with tool life on the right and left side tower mounts. They had recently changed materials per the customer’s request from a 316 stainless steel to a 17-4 stainless steel to extend the life of the device. The machining process involved milling a flat on two sides of round stock using a Citizen bar-feeder lathe. They were using a competitor’s 1/8 – 1/8 – 1/4, 1 ½ 4 fluted end mill. This end mill was taking 10 passes per side running at 4500 RPM and a feed rate of 8 IPM. I suggested that Lee should take less passes and test OSG’s Aero UVX end mill (3/16 – 7/16 - 0.015 CR 4 flute) for his new material application. We set up at 4 passes per side running at 5000 rpm and a feed rate of 16 IPM.  This change alone saved 11 seconds per part and the tool life went from 1600 pieces to 6000 pieces per end mill.

 

 

As the number of people with braces is expected to increase more in the near future, manufacturers need to keep up with the trends and demands for the improved braces by coming up with new innovations. In order to do so, it is crucial to be flexible and ready to machine any new materials with efficiency. OSG’s Aero UVX end mills changed the game of machining 17-4 stainless steels with efficiency and extended tool life.

 

*This article originally appeared in the OSG Cutting News Magazine 2015 Medical Edition.

Case Study: Down time is the time to improve efficiency and productivity


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)


2.
1 ¼-7 HY-PRO® VXL Tap (30 SFM and 13.1486 IPM) vs. Competitor A’s tap (23 SFM and 11.0 IPM)


3.
1 ½-6 HY-PRO® VXL Tap (30 SFM and 12.5 IPM) vs. Competitor A’s tap (23 SFM and 10.0 IPM)


4.
½-13 EXOTAP® A-Tap® 50 SFM and 29.3758 IPM vs. Competitor A’s tap (13 SFM and 7.692 IPM)


5.
7/16” EXOPRO® Mega Muscle® Drill (325 SFM and 48.2 IPM) vs. Competitor B’s Cam Drill (8.2 IPM)


6.
7/15” EXOCARB® WDO® Drill (325 SFM and 28.4 IPM) vs. Competitor B’s Cam Drill (2.5 IPM)


7.
22mm PHOENIX® PXD Exchangeable Head Drill 300 (SFM and 21.2 IPM) vs. Competitor B’s Cam Drill (2.8 IPM)


Results


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!



Stable and Efficient Milling with OSG PHOENIX® Indexable Tools!

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!



The EXOCARB® WDO-SUS Drill Video: Meet the Game-Changer for Stainless Steels & Titanium Alloys


What are the common issues you encounter while machining stainless steels and titanium alloys? You name it and OSG’s new EXOCARB® WDO-SUS drills will tackle it!

 

The WDO-SUS drills are specifically developed to combat work hardening, elongated chips, low thermal conductivity and welding on the tool. Watch the video below to learn more about the premium features of the WDO-SUS drills including the newly designed MEGA COOLER™ coolant holes.



The EXOTAP VA-3® Now Available with Coolant-Through!


For any manufacturer, time is money, and an increasing number of companies are looking for ways to improve efficiency in their manufacturing process. In order to support such demand, OSG improved its popular tap series, the EXOTAP VA-3®.  The EXOTAP VA-3® already excelled in both stainless and carbon steels, but now you can tap at even faster speeds with our newly expanded VA-3® offerings!


What makes it possible to tap faster is the new VA-3® coolant-through capability. It prevents overheating and improves chip removal rates. As a result, you can achieve faster cutting speeds and smoother chip evacuation! In addition to the coolant-through capability, the new VA-3 taps offer DIN overall length for longer reach applications. The EXOTAP VA-3® series has become even more versatile to address your challenging needs.

 

 

In addition to these new features, the VA-3® taps feature optimized geometry specifically designed for stainless and carbon steels. OSG’s patented V coating provides excellent wear resistance and extended tool life. If cost savings and efficiency are in your To-Improve-List, give OSG’s EXOTAP VA-3® taps a try!

 

 

Spiral Flute      

List 307 - Inch  

List 347 - Metric  

 

Spiral Point

List 306 - Inch 

List 346 - Metric 

 

Faster Production with the WXS® High Feed Corner Radius End Mill

Jacob Van Oost, District Manager


The die and mold industry is a very competitive sector. Shops are constantly 
striving to
 outperform
 competitors by 
quoting shorter 
delivery time, better finish, and lower cost per
 unit. At OSG, we go beyond the quote to demonstrate our abilities in action. With our EXOCARB® WXS® High Feed Corner Radius End Mill, shops are able to achieve faster feed rates, superior surface finishes, and better overall cycle times.

Working with a shop specializing in automotive work in Muskegon, MI, the engineer there wanted a tool that could speed up a process for adding a groove in a P-20 with a 0.25” wide gasket track going around the whole part. The customer originally had it programmed with a 0.25” end mill, but it was taking 3.25 hours to put in the groove. After evaluating the application, we recommended OSG’s EXOCARB® WXS® High Feed Corner Radius End Mill to get the job done.


This corner radius cutter is extremely rigid with a long reach capability. The reverse taper on the cutting edge prevents chattering and eliminates dwell marks on sidewalls. With a new WXS® coating, this end mill oxidizes at around 1300° C, allowing it to withstand much greater heat than competitor tools that are treated with TiAlN.


Initially, we wanted to start the tool at 1,300 RPM and 715 IPM. However, after getting a more detailed look into the program, we realized that the machine for this job could not handle such an aggressive feed rate. To resolve this issue, we decided to cut everything in half, bringing it down to 650 RPM and 357 IPM. Using the EXOCARB® WXS® High Feed Corner Radius End Mill with a light depth of cut, this part of job was completed two hours faster than the original method, and the program time was reduced to merely 35 minutes. The customer was thrilled with the result, and they now use this corner radius end mill to reduce production time overall.


Beyond the automotive industry, this dynamic tool can be applied
 to many applications in die/mold shops. For detailed, 3D contoured parts, it can be used in conjunction with the true 4-flute ball mill. It leaves smaller scallops and has faster metal removal rates than that of ball nosed end mills, making it ideal for roughing. Smaller scallops also makes finishing with the true 4-flute easier and faster, allowing customers to go from roughing straight to finishing, bypassing semi-roughing altogether.


To stay ahead of the competition with faster production, OSG’s EXOCARB® WXS® High Feed Corner Radius End Mill will bypass extra processes along the way.



EXOCARB® WXL® and WXS®


For milling pre-hardened and hardened steels, you need an end mill that won’t wear down. OSG’s premium high performance carbide end mills, the 
EXOCARB® WXL® and the EXOCARB® WXS®, are specially designed for rigidity and performance in even the toughest materials and milling applications.


The WXL® is specifically tailored for nonferrous materials and mild steels up to 55HRC, and can withstand up to 1100 degrees Celsius. The WXS®, on the other hand, is made for hardened steels like D2, A2, S7, H13 and CPM, milling up to 65HRC and able to withstand up to 1300 degrees Celsius.


For added strength, our WXS® and WXL® have thicker core diameters and are made of the hardest carbide possible for incredible wear resistance. The higher coating oxidation temperature and hardness keep these end mills performing long after the competition wears out.


Ideal for the Mold & Die industry, the WXS® and WXL® utilize high precision geometry with a +/- 5um radius tolerances for both corner radius and ball end mills, eliminating the need for benching and reworking.


With hard carbide materials combined with high precision, the EXOCARB® WXS® and WXL® are the top hard milling solutions.



EXOPRO® UVX-Ni End Mill Video

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!


EXOPRO® WHR-Ni Tap Video

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.