OSG Announces the Release of PHOENIX® PRB Barrel & Lens Inserts

We are pleased to announce the release of our NEW OSG PHOENIX® PFB Barrel & Lens Insert Series!
The NEW OSG PHOENIX® PFB Barrel & Lens is a series of indexable inserts for finishing.

 

The following list numbers are associated with the NEW OSG PHOENIX® PFB Barrel & Lens Insert
Series:

The NEW OSG PHOENIX® PFB Barrel & Lens Insert Series offers the following features & benefits:

  • Large peripheral or bottom radius for increased milling efficiency or improved surface finish
  • Increased milling efficiency- larger step-overs while keeping the same surface finish/cusp  height compared to ball nose tools
  • Improved surface finish- reduced cusp height while keeping the same step-over compared to  ball nose tools
  • 2 insert grades based on application: XP3225 for stable milling in a wide variety of materials, and XP3310 for dry milling in cast iron and hardened steel

The NEW OSG PHOENIX® PFB Barrel & Lens Insert Series is ideal in the following applications:

  • Die/Mold Industry
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Energy Industry
  • Job Shops

 

Check out the new tools HERE

OSG Announces the Release of EXOCARB® VU-TBR End Mill Series

We are pleased to announce the release of our NEW EXOCARB® VU-TBR End Mill Series!
The NEW EXOCARB® VU-TBR is a series of taper barrel end mills for finishing.

 

The following list numbers are associated with the NEW EXOCARB® VU-TBR End Mill Series:

The NEW EXOCARB® VU-TBR Series offers the following features & benefits:

  • Increased milling efficiency due to the large peripheral edge radius and multi-flute configuration
  • Increased stepover reduces machining time compared to ball nose end mills
  • Reduced cusp height improves surface finish with approximately 60% machine time reduction compared to ball nose end mills

The NEW EXOCARB® VU-TBR Series is ideal in the following applications:

  • Die/Mold Industry
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Energy Industry
  • Job Shops

 

Check out the tools HERE

OSG Announces the Release of A Brand® AT-2 Thread Mill Series

We are pleased to announce the release of our NEW A Brand® AT-2 Thread Mill Series!
The NEW A Brand® AT-2 is a series of end-cutting edge thread mills for high hardness steel applications.

 

The following list numbers are associated with the NEW A Brand® AT-2 Thread Mill Series:

The NEW A Brand® AT-2 Thread Mill Series offers the following features & benefits:

  • Helical drilling and threading can be done simultaneously
  • Newly developed DUROREY coating enables superior heat resistance and high toughness optimized for high hardness steel milling.
  • Special cutting edge shape suppresses bending of the tool
  • Left-hand cut configuration enables climb milling to prolong tool life

The NEW A Brand® AT-2 Thread Mill Series is ideal in the following applications:

  • Hardened Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Cast Iron

 

A Brand® AT-2 Thread Mill Inch Sizes coming soon!

 

Check out the tools HERE

OSG Announces the Release of EXOCARB® AM-EBT & AM-CRE end mill series

We are pleased to announce the release of our NEW EXOCARB® AM-EBT & AM-CRE end mill series!
The NEW EXOCARB® AM-EBT & AM-CRE is a series of ball and corner radius end mills for post-processing of additive manufacturing and milling in hardened steels.

 

The following list numbers are associated with the NEW EXOCARB® AM-EBT & AM-CRE series:

The NEW EXOCARB® AM-EBT & AM-CRE series offers the following features & benefits:

  • Negative cutting geometry to prevent chipping in hardened materials
  • Wide chip room to evacuate chips in heavy milling operations with inconsistent stock removal
  • DUROREY coating to resist chipping and cutting heat in high hardness material

The NEW EXOCARB® AM-EBT & AM-CRE series is ideal in the following applications:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Die/Mold Industry

EXOCARB® AM-EBT & AM-CRE Inch sizes coming soon!

 

Check out the tools HERE

High Speed Machining

The perfect combination of cutting tool, tool holder, and machine tool takes mold manufacturer to a new level of productivity

Steve Lauman | District Manager

 

For the past 20 years, Lifetime Products Incorporated’s mold shop has been producing aluminum blow molds to support the company’s production of plastic tables, chairs, coolers, kayaks, outdoor sheds, and much more. Lifetime first started its legacy in the sporting goods industry in 1986, introducing a breakthrough basketball system that can be adjusted in seconds. It was the first system that allows basketball hoop homeowners to easily raise and lower the height quickly. Since then, Lifetime has become the world’s largest manufacturer of residential basketball hoops as well as folding tables and chairs, selling products in 58 countries around the globe. Today, the company has grown from 15 employees in a partial warehouse to over 1,500 employees around the world, serving the sporting goods, folding furniture, lawns and garden, playground and the watersports markets.

For the past 20 years, Lifetime Products Incorporated’s mold shop has been producing aluminum blow molds to support the company’s production of plastic tables, chairs, coolers, kayaks, outdoor sheds, and much more.

For the past 20 years, Lifetime Products Incorporated’s mold shop has been producing aluminum blow molds to support the company’s production of plastic tables, chairs, coolers, kayaks, outdoor sheds, and much more.

Lifetime’s global business and manufacturing headquarters is located in Clearfield, Utah, USA. Lifetime’s mold division, which was established in 1999, currently employs 23 staff and has an estimate production area of 16,000-square-feet. As an organization that is committed to innovation and quality, Lifetime is constantly looking for ways to improve their manufacturing process.

For some time, Lifetime has been searching for new solutions to enhance efficiency in their mold production primarily made of aluminum materials such as 6061, 7075 and QC10. In terms of production volume, Lifetime on average produces 20 to 30 molds per year. Lifetime Mold Engineer Dennis Norman and Lifetime Head CNC Programmer Randy Macari are well versed on high speed machining and how it can help them attain much higher productivity. They also understood the required three essential components in order to maximize the benefit of high speed machining – high performance tooling capable of running high speed machining programs, precision holders to secure tool engagement at high rpms, and a machine tool with features such as look ahead software and the ability to run at high speeds.

Lifetime’s mold production is primarily made of aluminum materials such as 6061, 7075 and QC10.

Lifetime’s mold production is primarily made of aluminum materials such as 6061, 7075 and QC10.

The first requirement of high-performance tooling was met when Lifetime began utilizing OSG end mills. Lifetime’s previous tooling choice was a 3/8” 3-flute end mill that was used at 6,000 rpm and 60 ipm. The second requirement was met with OSG’s HY-PRO shrink fit holder and shrink fit technology. OSG’s balanced holder gave Lifetime the ability to mill in excess of 20,000 rpm. The fulfillment of the first two requirements has greatly improved tool life and performance at Lifetime. However, further progress was held back because Lifetime’s older machine tools are incapable of running high speed machining programs. It all changed when this past year, a new Mazak FJV-60/120 vertical mill arrived with look ahead controls designed for high speed machining along with a high-pressure coolant through spindle. With the equipment update, Lifetime is now able to fully leverage OSG’s Exocarb Aero Blizzard high performance carbide end mill.

The Exocarb Aero Blizzard series is a part of the OSG premium line of carbide high performance end mills specifically designed for aluminum and copper alloys. The series’ special end cut gashing and offset teeth permit large depths of cut and maximum feed per tooth. Made with polished flutes to enhance tool life and reduce built up edges, the Blizzard end mill series is engineered to yield high metal removal rates in roughing applications while providing a superior finishing.

The Exocarb Aero Blizzard series is a part of the OSG premium line of carbide high performance end mills specifically designed for aluminum and copper alloys. The Exocarb Aero Blizzard end mill series is available in various end styles, such as square, corner radius and ball.

The Exocarb Aero Blizzard series is a part of the OSG premium line of carbide high performance end mills specifically designed for aluminum and copper alloys. The Exocarb Aero Blizzard end mill series is available in various end styles, such as square, corner radius and ball.

Combined with the new Mazak vertical machining center, OSG’s 3/8” 3-flute Blizzard end mill is now able to reach its full potential, with parameters as high as 15,000 rpm and 220 ipm to generate unparalleled results in productivity. These improvements across all the different milling operations at Lifetime have created an average of 25 percent cycle time reduction. A typical mold is now machined and built in less than 12 weeks, down from an average of 16 weeks. In addition to increased speeds and metal removal rates, Lifetime also saw much improved surface finish, which lowered labor costs by reducing the amount of labor time needed to polish the cavity components of each mold. The combination of a quality tool with precision tool holder engages the workpiece in a more rigid and stable environment, thus resulting in a better surface finish. The overall polishing time was reduced by more than 75 percent. Mold polishing in general added 40 hours to the mold build time, which has now been reduced to eight hours.

Combined with Lifetime’s new Mazak vertical machining center, OSG’s 3/8” 3-flute Blizzard end mill is able to reach its full potential, with parameters as high as 15,000 rpm and 220 ipm to generate unparalleled results in productivity.

Combined with Lifetime’s new Mazak vertical machining center, OSG’s 3/8” 3-flute Blizzard end mill is able to reach its full potential, with parameters as high as 15,000 rpm and 220 ipm to generate unparalleled results in productivity.

 

“OSG’s Blizzard end mill’s performance helped exceed our objectives needed to deliver our molds faster and better,” said Lifetime Products CNC Programmer Randy Macari.

From left, Lifetime CNC Programmer Randy Macari and OSG USA District Manager Steve Lauman pose for a photograph at Lifetime’s manufacturing facility in Clearfield, Utah, USA.

 

High productivity can only be achieved with the perfect combination of cutting tool, tool holder and machine tool. By constantly improving, innovating and leveraging the latest manufacturing technologies, Lifetime will continue its journey in creating affordable and lasting products for consumers and their families.

For more information on OSG’s Exocarb Aero Blizzard series and Lifetime Products Inc.

OSG Announces the Release of PHOENIX® PLDS Indexable Centering and Chamfering Cutter series

We are pleased to announce the release of our NEW OSG PHOENIX® PLDS Indexable Centering and Chamfering Cutter series! The NEW OSG PHOENIX® PLDS is a versatile series of indexable end mills for spot drilling, countersinking & chamfering.

 

The following list numbers are associated with the OSG PHOENIX® PLDS Indexable series:

 

The OSG PHOENIX® PLDS Indexable series offers the following features & benefits:

  • Economical 3-corner insert with both chipping resistance and sharpness
  • Negative axial rake angle that suppresses burrs on the work surface
  • Coolant hole to improve chip evacuation and cooling effect on the cutting edge
  • Two point angle bodies available in 90° or 120°

 

The OSG PHOENIX® PLDS Indexable series is ideal in the following applications:

  • Versatile tool for efficient processing in multiple applications, including centering, hole entry countersinking, V Slotting and corner chamfering
  • Ideal in Steel, Cast Iron, Stainless Steel, Non-Ferrous, HRSA, and Hardened Steel

 

Check out the tools HERE

OSG Featured in Cutting Tool Engineering Article

Give and Take  

Author: Alan Richter

Published: July 2020 - Cutting Tool Engineering Magazine Vol. 72

 

When a workpiece material is relatively easy to machine and a wide range of parts are made of it, a large number of part manufacturers will machine it. As a result, shops must achieve a high level of productivity to remain competitive, and that’s certainly the case with aluminum alloys.

One cutter doesn’t fit all aluminum machining needs, so end users must work with toolmakers that have offerings across the spectrum.

“Because there are such a high variety of parts that are made of aluminum, you have to have a high variety of tools to serve the market,” said Alyssa Walther, automotive specialist for Irving, Texas based OSG USA Inc., who’s based in Bensenville, Illinois.

Playing Flutes

When milling aluminum, the number of flutes on a tool is critical. Walther said a three-flute tool is common and effective for performing conventional roughing and semifinishing. Two-flute tools, however, provide an added benefit when slotting, deep pocketing and even finishing because their design enhances chip evacuation by providing the most amount of flute space.

“If you have a longer overhang and want a really smooth finish, typically the lower number of flutes will

help reduce the amount of cutting vibration because there are only two points,” she said. “You’re basically indexing the tool 180° apart, so it gives the tool a chance to calm the chatter down.”

Although a two-flute tool is more ordinary for milling aluminum, Parker said LMT Onsrud offers three-flute roughers that help lower the considerable spindle load on a machine.

However, two- or three-flute tools are not the only options when cutting aluminum. Walther said end users performing high-efficiency machining, which generally involves running at high feed rates and taking deeper DOCs (step-downs) and a shallow WOC, are gravitating toward tools with four to seven flutes — or more.

“It depends on what the customer’s style of machining is,” she said.

A Lubricious Layer

To help prevent BUE and extend tool life, Matsumoto said OSG USA can deposit a diamondlike carbon coating on tools for aluminum applications.

“We are trying to reduce the friction so we can avoid chip welding on the tools,” he said.

The coefficient of friction for OSG USA’s DLC coating is approximately 0.1.

Tools that cut aluminum commonly are uncoated. In those cases, Matsumoto recommends much polishing of tool surfaces to combat BUE.

 

You can view the original article by clicking here

LIVE Demonstration of OSG's A Brand® AE-VMS End Mill

 

OSG will be LIVE on YouTube this Thursday demonstrating the A Brand® AE-VMS Carbide End Mill!

Tune in on 6/18 at 11:00 am (CST) by heading over to OSG USA's YouTube page or by clicking HERE 

Retirement and Organization Announcement

After 27 years of loyal and dedicated service, OSG USA’s President, Mike Grantham, will be retiring effective November 30, 2019.

During his 6 years as President, Mike has been instrumental in the growth and success of OSG USA, Inc. His leadership and dedication to both OSG’s customers and employees had an unparalleled impact with the implementation of many programs including improved service, and unprecedented product expansion. His personal touch has had an impact on those he has met over the years. Please join us in wishing Mike a very happy retirement!

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Jeff Tennant, currently Executive Vice President and CFO, has been chosen to be the next President of OSG USA, Inc.

Jeff will assume his responsibility as President beginning December 1, 2019.

Jeff’s career at OSG started back in 1988, after serving in the U.S. Army. He began his career with OSG in an inside sales role performing various administrative tasks. Over the last 30 years, Jeff has had a progressive career and has contributed to the growth and success of OSG. Jeff has successfully led many areas within OSG and has continually provided direction on key initiatives throughout the organization with an effort to support our customers.

Please join us in congratulating Jeff Tennant as our new President. Although we will miss Mike and the guidance he has provided OSG, we have only confidence that under Jeff’s leadership OSG USA, Inc. will continue to thrive.

Kind Regards,

Jiro Osawa

Jiro Osawa
CEO
OSG USA, Inc.

 

OSG’s 2020 edition of Cutting Tool Solutions catalog

We are pleased to announce the release of OSG USA’s 2020 edition of Cutting Tool Solutions catalog!

 

Our 2020 Cutting Tool Solutions catalog is packed with 1,686 pages of OSG high quality cutting tools, including new products and images to better assist you with all your cutting tool purchasing needs including:

 

  •          24 NEW List numbers!
  •          532 NEW item numbers!

 

2020 Cutting Tool Solutions

New Products added to the catalog:

 

24 NEW list numbers, with 532 NEW item numbers have been added to our 2020 Cutting Tool Solutions catalog. 

 

Discontinued Products from the catalog:

 

An electronic file is available on the distributor login portion of our web site at HERE

 

Limited quantities of our discontinued products may be available at a discounted price on OSG’s OZONE page. OZONE Page

THREADING

 

NEW DIAMETER CORRECTION TOOL SERIES!

 

  •          NEW! List #15015     DCT75 Diameter Correction Tool (Inch)
  •          NEW! List #15010     DCT75 Diameter Correction Tool (Metric)
  •          NEW! List #15020     DCT75 Diameter Correction Tool (Accessories)

 

DRILLING

 

NEW DRILL SERIES!

A Brand® ADO-40D & ADO-50D advanced performance coolant through drills:

  •          NEW! List #6560        A Brand® ADO 40D (Inch & Metric) 
  •          NEW! List #6570         A Brand® ADO 50D (Inch & Metric)

 

EXPANSION TO DRILLING

A Brand® ADO-TRS advanced performance high feed 3-flute drill series size expansion:

  •          List #6600                   A BRAND®  ADO-TRS 3D (Inch & Metric)
  •          List #6610                   A BRAND®  ADO-TRS 5D (Inch & Metric)

 

A Brand® ADF flat bottom drill series

  •          List#5700                     A BRAND®  ADF-2D (Inch & Metric)

 

PHOENIX® Indexable drill series size expansions:

  •          List #52502                 PHOENIX P2D DRILLS (Inch)
  •          List #78031                 PHOENIX P2D DRILLS (Metric)
  •          List #52503                 PHOENIX P3D DRILLS (Inch)
  •          List #78032                 PHOENIX P3D DRILLS (Metric)
  •          List #52504                 PHOENIX P4D DRILLS (Inch)
  •          List #78033                 PHOENIX P4D DRILLS (Metric)
  •          List #52505                 PHOENIX P5D DRILLS (Inch)
  •          List #78027                 PHOENIX P5D DRILLS (Metric)
  •          List #78P5D                PHOENIX P5D INSERTS
  •          List #7808H                 PHOENIX-Accessories

 

MILLING

 

NEW END MILL SERIES!

A Brand® A Mills advanced performance anti-vibration carbide end mills:

  •          NEW! List #8206                     A BRAND® AE-VMSS (Metric)
  •          NEW! List #8230                     A BRAND® AE-LN-VMSS (Inch)
  •          NEW! List #8235                     A BRAND® AE-LN-VMSS (Metric)
  •          NEW! List #8201                     A BRAND® AE-VML (Inch)
  •          NEW! List #8207                     A BRAND®AE-VML (Metric)
  •          NEW! List #8202                     A BRAND® AE-NIK-VML (Inch)
  •          NEW! List #8208                     A BRAND® AE-NIK-VML (Metric)

 

 

EXOCARB® WXL end mill series

  •          NEW! List #3619                     EXOCARB® WXL-1.5D-DE (Inch)

 

EXOCARB® WXS end mill series

  •          NEW! List #4413                     EXOCARB® WXS EQD (Inch)

 

SOMTA Carbide end mill series:

  •          NEW! List #03E-SO               SOMTA Carbide End Mill Fine Pitch Rougher(Inch)
  •          NEW! List #03C-SO               SOMTA Carbide End Mill Coarse Pitch Rougher(Inch)
  •          NEW! List #03F-SO                SOMTA Carbide Fine Pitch Flat Crusted Rougher(Inch)
  •          NEW! List #03D-SO               SOMTA Carbide Coarse Pitch Flat Crusted Rougher(Inch)

 

PHOENIX® PXM Exchangeable Head Indexable end mill series:

  •          NEW! List #78PXSE-O            PHOENIX® 4 flute square & corner radius

                                                 variable index coolant-thru heads

  •          NEW! List #78PXNL-O            PHOENIX® 4 flute, corner chamfer, low helix,

             silent rougher coolant-thru heads

  •          NEW! List #78PXNH-O           PHOENIX®  4 flute, corner chamfer, high helix,

              silent rougher coolant-thru heads

  •          NEW! List #78PXBE-O            PHOENIX® PXBE 3 Flute, ball Nose, coolant-thru heads
  •          NEW! List #52319                   PHOENIX® PXMZ coolant-thru bodies (Inch)
  •          NEW! List #78035                   PHOENIX® PXMZ coolant-thru bodies (Metric)

 

EXPANSIONS to MILLING

A Brand® AE-VMS end mill series size expansion:

  •          List #8200                   A BRAND AE-VMS (Inch)
  •          List #8205                   A BRAND AE-VMS (Metric)

 

EXOCARB® WXS & WXL end mill series size expansion:

  •          List #3610                   EXOCARB WXL-EBD (Inch)
  •          List #3670                   EXOCARB-WXL CR (Inch)
  •          List #3604                   EXOCARB WXL-EMS (Inch)
  •          List #4540                   EXOCARB-WXS-EMS (Metric)
  •          List #4513                   EXOCARB-WXS-EQD METRIC (Metric)

 

PHOENIX® PXM Exchangeable Head Indexable milling series Expansions:

  •          List #78PFB                PHOENIX® PFB INSERTS
  •          List #78PXSE            PHOENIX® PXSE HEADS
  •          List #78PXVC            PHOENIX® PXVC HEADS
  •          List #78PXSM            PHOENIX® PXSM HEADS
  •          List #78PXNL              PHOENIX® PXNL HEADS
  •          List #78PXNH            PHOENIX® PXNH HEADS
  •          List #78PXDR            PHOENIX® PXDR-P & PXDR-N HEADS
  •          List #78PXRE            PHOENIX® PXRE HEADS
  •          List #78PXBE            PHOENIX® PXBE-P & PXBE-N HEADS
  •          List #52300                 PHOENIX® PXM ARBORS (Inch)
  •          List #78018                 PHOENIX® PXM ARBORS (Metric)