www.shopmetaltech.com OCTOber 2017
22 | COVER STORY - JOb ShOPS | Quebec
by kIp HANSON
Quebec job shop solves a big turning problem by switching
to a different cutting tool provider
In business since 1987, OSI précision has become a Quebec leader in precision machining of
small, medium, and large size parts.
OSI Precision, Saint-Georges, QC
years in business: 30
size: 3,700 sq m ( 40,000 sq ft)
services: Machining, laser
cutting, welding, finishing,
mechanical assembly, heat and
machine types: Turn-mill, HMCs,
The owners of OSI Précision,
Saint-Georges, QC, pride themselves
on their problem solving capabilities.
But when the job for the railcar
wheels came along, they were left
scratching their heads over what
to do. “The diameter of wheel is
close to 0.76 m ( 30 in.) across,
and the running time was around
one hour per side,” says OSI director
of operations Denis Lachance.
“The challenge we were having
was that the inserts failed after
about one-half hour. We’d have to
stop the machine, change the tool,
and then try to pick up the spot
where the previous insert left off.
The downtime was killing us and the
chances of scrapping an expensive
workpiece were quite high. It was a
big problem for us.”
Machinists by trade
OSI Précision was founded in 1987.
It has since grown to become an area
leader in precision machining of small
to medium size parts (along with some
fairly large ones, apparently). Aside from
its extensive two to five axis machining
capabilities, the company also offers
sheet metal services such as laser cutting
and bending, as well as painting and
mechanical assembly, and is certified
OSI précision’s most recent investment, a six axis Axia- 70 machining centre from machine builder
Correa (purchased from elliott Matsuura Canada) has helped the company reduce setup times and
bring in new types of work.