Wrapping Up a Successful 2018 at PFERD

We’ve had a successful 2018 at PFERD, packed with projects and new developments. Between featured articles in leading trade magazines, attending industry trade shows, and expanding our North American portfolio with the introduction of new products, we’ve certainly kept busy over the last 12 months.

With the start of the new year, we’d like to share with you some notable highlights from our 2018.

Supplier of the Year

PFERD receiving the 2017 Supplier of the Year award at NetPlus Alliance's annual meeting.
PFERD receiving the 2017 Supplier of the Year award at NetPlus Alliance’s annual meeting.

In October, PFERD was named NetPlus Alliance’s Supplier of the Year for 2017 at the group’s annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ. NetPlus Alliance is a buying group for industrial and contractor supplies with customers across the country, and this year’s “Power of Partnership” meeting theme emphasized the importance of channel relationships in industrial strategies and long-term success.

A preferred NetPlus supplier since the group’s inception in 2002, PFERD achieved the highest results on three key performance indicators: total growth of NetPlus purchases, new distributor counts, and same-store purchase growth.

PFERD Expansion

During 2018, we enhanced our sales structure and focus by going from two sales regions to three. By realigning our sales structure to serve the West, Central, and East Regions, PFERD is able to deepen our relationships with customers with a continued focus on offering solutions that deliver optimum productivity and cost savings.

We introduced several new product offerings in North America, which were featured at the FABTECH 2018 show, with live demonstrations including:

  • POLIVLIES® interleaved flap discs
  • CC-GRIND®-STRONG grinding wheels
  • CERAMIC SGP STEELOX 1/8” thickness grinding wheels
  • OMNI cut carbide burs
  • CERAMIC SG COMFORT hybrid grinding wheels

Tradeshows and Press

This year, PFERD was featured in two great articles in respected trade publications: “3 Ways to Reduce Fatigue Factor in Finishing” appeared in the November 2018 edition of The Fabricator, and “Deburring Automation” can be found in the August 2018 edition of FABSHOP Magazine Direct.

One of our live product demonstrations at FABTECH 2018.
Giving a live product demonstration at FABTECH 2018.

The PFERD team attended some of the most anticipated tradeshows in the metalworking industry this year, including FABTECH 2018. FABTECH is North America’s largest metalforming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event showcasing new technology, making it an ideal opportunity to introduce our new products. More than 35,000 visitors attended this year’s show, which featured over 1,500 exhibitors.

This year, PFERD also joined Instagram, check us out (@pferd_na). Instagram is a great platform for us to share snapshots of the latest at PFERD and more, and gives us a fresh, engaging way to further connect with our audience. We’ve also been partnering with influencers such as @ZHFabrications where you’ll see interesting and creative work utilizing PFERD products. PFERD products can also be seen on Weld.com, a popular educational resource teaching proper techniques and best practices in welding and fabrication applications.

Looking Ahead to 2019

Amid all our recent exciting developments, the PFERD team would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our partners and customers. We deeply value your loyalty and support, as it is what makes our company a success and is the reason we continue to grow. We will continue to provide exceptional service to those who we work with in 2019.

We’re currently preparing for several new developments that we’ll be rolling out in Q2 of 2019, and we look forward to sharing them with you.

PFERD manufactures a broad range of quality cutting tools and abrasives. We offer high-performing, safe, and innovative products and services for grinding, cutting, hand finishing, and specialty applications.

To keep in touch and stay informed about the latest at PFERD, connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn. To learn more about our work, contact us today.

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PFERD’s New Solutions Showcased at FABTECH 2018

PFERD recently attended the FABTECH 2018 show, from November 6-8 in Atlanta, Georgia. FABTECH is North America’s largest event for the metalforming, fabricating, welding, and finishing disciplines, showcasing the latest innovations in metalworking technology. FABTECH provides comprehensive education on the industry’s newest advancements and best practices, as well as networking opportunities across a wide spectrum of industries. This year’s event drew more than 35,000 attendees and over 1,500 exhibitors.

At FABTECH 2018, PFERD featured new products being introduced to the market, and highlighted components in our PFERDVALUE® program with a focus on time saving solutions.

PFERD New Product Launch

PFERD unveiled a range of products designed for milling, grinding, and surface conditioning applications. Our product displays and live demonstrations showed how our new solutions increase time savings and boost profitability.

The new products we introduced at FABTECH 2018 included:

  • POLIVLIES® interleaved flap disc comprised of non-woven material combined with an aggressive ceramic coated abrasive
  • Our CC-GRIND®-STRONG grinding wheel, composed of stacked coated discs combined with bonded abrasive support
  • A CERAMIC SGP STEELOX 1/8” thickness grinding wheel, suited for light grinding and cutting in the pipeline industry
  • Our OMNI cut carbide burs designed for aggressive removal on steel, stainless steel, cast iron, and non-ferrous metal
  • The CERAMIC SG COMFORT hybrid grinding wheel, featuring a rough grinding wheel combined with a coated abrasive top layer for high stock removal (4.5” and 5” diameters available)

The PFERDVALUE® Program

Product demonstrations in our grinding booth and finishing station highlighted PFERD products featuring core elements of our PFERDVALUE® program.  Namely, ways in which we focus on operator health and safety and how we help our end users save time and maximize productivity—a core aspect of the program.

As always, the PFERD team greatly enjoyed interacting with all FABTECH 2018 show attendees and are excited for the resulting opportunities generated from our conversations and interactions.

To learn more about the new PFERD metalworking solutions introduced at FABTECH 2018 or to about our metalworking capabilities, contact us today.

Get “Down and Derby” with PFERD at FABTECH!

From November 6-9, 2017, PFERD will join thousands of fabricating /welding exhibitors and attendees at FABTECH 2017. The event will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, and brings together suppliers and industry professionals looking for the latest metalworking products and technologies.  Stop by PFERD’s booth, B17025, located in the North Hall.

As a top manufacturer of metal cutting and finishing products, PFERD will have representatives on-site to introduce attendees to our innovative range of solutions.  But we also wanted to raise the stakes this year, and build more excitement around the event. To do this, we’ve launched the PFERD DERBY app for participants!

PFERD DERBY – Race to the Finish

PFERD DERBY is a web-based app where players accumulate points based on successfully completing challenges we’ve put together. To sign up, attendees can link their LinkedIn accounts through the online app, or create an account separately. To encourage participation, each person who signs up will automatically win a prize! Sign up ahead of time, or while at FABTECH by going to pferdusa.com/derby.  All you have to do is stop by our booth, show us that you’ve signed up and we’ll award you a participation prize.

Throughout FABTECH, there will be a number of opportunities to earn points for completing the PFERD DERBY challenges. Completion passcodes can be found

PFERD Demonstration at FABTECH 2016

around our booth at the show, by interacting with booth personnel and within our social media posts (so be sure to follow us online and check our posts frequently for updates!). Participants should search for the #PFERDDERBY hashtag on Twitter, and strike up conversations with our staff obtain the passcodes and compete for the highest score!

We’ll have an in-game leaderboard in our booth to track your progress against other participants in real-time. By the end of FABTECH on November 9th, we’ll award prizes to the players with the top 3 scores. If you win but are not present, we’ll follow up with you to ensure you get your well-earned prize.  For additional details including game rules, terms and conditions click here.

PFERD DERBY Prizes

After the close of the show on November 9th, the top 3 highest-scoring participants will be awarded the following prizes:

1st Place: $1,500 AMEX Gift Card

2nd Place: $750 AMEX Gift Card

3rd Place: $500 AMEX Gift Card

We look forward to seeing you at the show and working with you to complete the PFERD DERBY challenges. If you have any questions before the show, details can be found at pferdusa.com/.
PFERD DERBY challenge passcode for “Post with the Most”: thenews

FABTECH 2016 – A Great Event for the PFERD Team!

Another FABTECH Expo has come and gone, and at PFERD we believe that 2016’s version was a huge success!  FABTECH’s importance in the fabrication, welding and finishing industries is reflected in the strong attendance both in number of attendees and in the vast number of geographical markets around the world visitors represented.  This year’s FABTECH drew attendees from 120 countries with a total of 31,110 visitors over the three day event.

PFERD at FABTECH

FABTECH gives us at PFERD an invaluable opportunity to meet face-to-face with end users.  We had several visitors this year that brought their metalworking challenges directly to our booth.  Not only does this give us an opportunity to use our expertise to solve problems, but it provides us with an opportunity to see some of the unusual applications our customers deal with on a daily basis.

FABTECH is a premier venue for us to highlight the breadth of our portfolio and demonstrate the innovative solutions we bring to users.  Unique, innovative products such as our  CC-GRIND®-SOLID grinding disc, POLIFAN-CURVE® flap disc and DUODISC® cutting and grinding disc were featured in our grinding booth where visitors saw firsthand how these products perform in true applications, and the benefits these products bring to their everyday tasks.

PFERD Grinding Booth at Fabtec

While we are well known for our grinding, cutting and surface finishing applications with hand tools, our brush station gave visitors a first-hand look at our power brush solutions for industrial applications on CNC and robotic machines.  Work pieces and videos highlighted deburring applications with our M-BRAD® composite brush portfolio which focused on overall value through optimization of work processes was a primary focus of our message to visitors.

The PFERDVALUE® program  which highlights how our products and solutions address concerns with operator health and safety, as well as delivering cost savings and productivity increases really resonated with attendees.  A fun and interactive way we were able to demonstrate factors such as noise, vibration, haptics and emissions was with our interactive ERGOCUBE displays.  These displays gave a simulated physical experience of how PFERD’s products improve upon these key areas of concern for operators in the metalworking industry.

PFERDVALUE® program

As PFERD is committed to being an innovative, solutions-oriented manufacturer, we look forward to interacting with both current and future end-users at the FABTECH show. It is an annual highlight of the imagination, innovation, and expertise of the PFERD team, and we can’t wait for FABTECH 2017!

PFERDVALUE® Program at FABTECH 2016

FABTECH is the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America.  This year it is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 16-18 and PFERD will be there exhibiting at Booth N2004.  As always we will have a strong presence highlighting our precision products and power tools, with a focus on our PFERDVALUE® program.

grinding booth at fabtech
PFERD Applications Specialist in the grinding booth

The PFERDVALUE® program was launched a few years ago to address increasing concerns regarding operator efficiency, health and safety as well as cost savings and process optimization.  It contains two core elements PFERDERGONOMICS® and PFERDEFFICIENCY®. At FABTECH 2016 we will have interactive demonstrations integrated within the exhibit that will display what the program is.

The two core elements of the PFERDVALUE® program:

PFERDERGONOMICS®: This core element of the program captures how PFERD solutions address the human factor with consideration to the health and safety of the operator and how consumables play a part in supporting the human factor.  We will be demonstrating this through interactive displays that focus on four primary concerns: emissions (such as dust), vibration (“white knuckle syndrome”), haptics (force/effort) and noise.  The focus will be to educate on these critical factors and to show process oriented solutions rather than merely products.

ergocube
Try our ERGOCUBES at FABTECH

PFERDEFFICIENCY®: The other core component focuses on work-in-process to ensure cost savings and productivity increases.  This part of the program relies on four basic tenets:  energy savings, waste savings, time savings and resource savings.  Reducing total cost rather than looking solely at the consumable cost is what this program highlights and is our target for every application.  Our high performance burs and M-BRAD® range of composite brushes in off-hand applications such as automatic cut-off, deburring and surface finishing are prime examples of PFERDEFFICIENCY.

Other innovative products that PFERD is known for including our POLIFAN®-CURVE flap discs will be on display and featured in our grinding and finishing booths.  POLIFAN®-CURVE is a  unique product that brings significant advantages to rough and finish grinding applications, and exemplifies several objectives of the PFERDVALUE® program.  With a patented configuration, the POLIFAN®-CURVE flap discs has three fully usable working surfaces as opposed to the single surface of conventional flap discs.  This design makes it the perfect tool for grinding fillet welds as well as unusual curves. Come see our live demonstration in the PFERD grinding booth!

Be sure to visit the PFERD team at BOOTH N2004 at FABTECH 2016, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest news on our show plans.  If you can’t make the show and want to learn more about the PFERDVALUE®   program contact us here.

Do You Know Why Variable Speed is the Best Choice?

A single speed machine is cheaper per unit, but the overall value may not be cost effective at all!

Essentially, the abrasive cutting and grinding processes are a function of physics. With abrasive cutting, more speed means more pressure and friction. And, in some cases, faster isn’t always better. You might choose the fastest tool thinking it will get your job done more quickly, but in most cases the opposite is true.

variable speedPFERD understands the important relationship between rotational speed and efficiency. We have carefully designed our power tools based on understanding this relationship and the physics involved between the tool, the consumable, and the material.

PFERD power tools, used in conjunction with the proper PFERD consumable provide a system that delivers an optimal process rather than just a machine. With the combination of a premium-quality consumable and a power tool designed to run at the proper speed and power output, the performance and effectiveness results in a much more cost-effective overall process for the user.

As with all power tools it’s important to understand the difference between MSFS (“Maximum Safe Free Speed”, commonly expressed as “Max. RPM”) and recommended speed. With the exception of catalog 206, in which the MSFS and recommended speeds are identical , PFERD products are always listed with a recommended RPM in our TOOL MANUAL.

Let’s look at an example:

A fixed-speed angle grinder typically runs at speeds between 9000-11000 RPM.

For grinding and cutoff operations (4-1/2” dia.), this is a perfectly acceptable speed range. However, if you then switch to secondary operation such as brushing or finishing with a coated or non-woven product, the speed of this grinder is typically too high for optimal performance.

Running products at too high of a speed can cause many problems, such as excessive heat, which can lead to problems such as discoloration and warping of the workpiece, overgrinding of the workpiece, and even failure of the product itself. With coated and non-woven products, excessive speed causes glazing of the abrasive grain, and can actually melt the non-woven material rendering it useless and possibly damaging your workpiece. Most of these problems will result in costly reworking operations.

With variable speed power tools, the user has the ability to change speeds to best match the application and provide optimal performance. With better control, time-consuming and expensive rework is eliminated leading to the best value for the end-user.

Polishing Off 2015 With Thanks to All

It is hard to believe that another year is already coming to a close. The past 12 months have been filled with many changes and improvements that are driven by our understanding of the markets we serve and the needs of our customers. When you’ve been in business as long as we have, you know how to provide solutions that deliver outstanding quality and reliability.

In our final post of the year, we’d like to thank all of those who have helped us achieve the success we had in 2015. It was a year of achievements we can be proud of. We are indebted to our dedicated team of professionals, who bring their work ethic and commitment to our facilities each day. Without them, we couldn’t provide the products and services that our customers have come to rely on. The manufacturing industry isn’t an easy one but with the expertise our employees bring to the industry, we are a leading global supplier of quality abrasives and surface finishing products.

This past summer we embarked on a move to improve customer service by relocating staff from our Leominster location to our newest state-of-the-art facility in Milwaukee. By merging executive personnel, marketing, and customer service positions in the same location as brush manufacturing, central product distribution, and technical training functions, we offer increased efficiency in meeting the needs of our customers. This transition was made even more successful with the support of our loyal employees who stuck with us and eased the move to the new location.

We are looking forward to more success in 2016 as we continue to provide the highest quality “single-source” solutions for hand finishing, grinding, cutting, and specialty applications. We thank you for choosing PFERD!

From our family to yours, wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy New Year!