January 21, 2008
Originally Published MPMN January/February 2008
MD&M WEST: FIRST-TIME EXHIBITORS
Tooling Company Celebrates 70 Years on the Cutting Edge
OSG’s green R&D facility houses 25 CNC testing machines, grinding centers, and a die and mold division under one solar-paneled roof.
Celebrating 40 years since its U.S. headquarters opened in Chicago, and 70 years since its original parent company was founded in Japan, OSG Tap & Die Inc. (Glendale Heights, IL) continues to develop tools specifically for the medical manufacturing industry, as well as tools for other die and mold applications.
Originally established in Tokyo as Osawa Screw Grinding Co., OSG Corp. and U.S.-based OSG Tap & Die Inc. have progressed down a path of continuous growth. Since it branched out into manufacturing thread-rolling cylindrical dies and screw-thread gauges in the 1950s, the company hasn’t shied away from adding capabilities or developing technologies. A series of acquisitions over the last two decades has ensured the company’s growth geographically, as well as technologically. Having grown from a small cutting-tool company into a large global corporation, the manufacturer is focused on pursuing new capabilities.
“We just completed our new Global Technology Center,” says OSG marketing coordinator Angela Albright. The center is designed to conduct all of the company’s tooling research and design. “OSG has the ability to test any material supplied by a customer to develop specific tool geometry for that material,” Albright says. Manufacturing taps, end mills, drills, and thread-making tools, the company offers various surface treatments, cutting geometries, and metallurgy features designed to increase tool life and reliability.
“OSG is primarily focused on developing and supplying tools for the medical implant sector of the industry dealing mainly in metals, such as titanium, stainless steel, and chrome-based materials like cobalt-chrome and Stellite,” says Albright. The company has several machines in its Exocarb series designed to handle these materials. Exocarb-WXL features a redesigned coating to handle a wider range of material applications than previous models could. It can accommodate exotics, nonferrous materials, and hardened steels up to 50 Rockwell C hardness (HRC).
“WXL is designed to mill in both dry and wet applications and can be utilized on machines with both high and low rpm capability,” Albright says. She adds that, “The Exocarb-Aero SUS is best-suited for milling exotics, specifically titanium 6AI4V, cobalt-chrome, Stellite, and [Types] 303 and 304L stainless steel.”
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