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

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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.

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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.

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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!

New PFERD Products, A New Tool Manual and Live Demos at FABTECH 2015

As we do every year, this year we are once again participating in FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event. FABTECH 2015 takes place in Chicago, November 9-12 at McCormick Place, and we’ll be on hand at the four-day show to introduce the newest PFERD products. While they may be new products, the innovative grinding, cutting and surface-finishing tools we’ve added to our catalog provide the same excellent results and the outstanding value PFERD products have been producing for our customers throughout the past two centuries. We’re known for providing single-source solutions for hand finishing, grinding, cutting and specialty applications.

FABTECH attendees have the opportunity to preview our new PFERD TM22 tool manual, and can see live demos of  PFERD products. The new PFERD TM22 tool manual has enhanced navigational features, in depth technical data references and over 600 new product innovations. The live demos we’ll be hosting at the show will highlight key applications for many of our grinding, cutting and surface-finishing tools. Plus PFERD representatives will be on hand to answer questions and discuss in-depth details about all of our products.

The PFERD TOOL MOBILE van service will also be onsite demonstrating how we provide firsthand onsite local training to our customers. Feel free to talk to one of our representatives to learn more about scheduling a visit at your shop location.

PFERD at FABTECH 2015 BOOTH#n8025At FABTECH 2015, see for yourself why manufacturers all over the world rely on our products to get their jobs done, and you can discover why we like to say, “The combination of innovative, high-performance products, world-class customer support, and your expertise guarantees the optimum result for every task!”

Look for the PFERD team in Booth #N8025 at FABTECH 2015. In the meantime, or if you can’t make it to Chicago, if you have any questions about PFERD products, reach out to us through our website, or give us a call at 800-342-9015.

New Sleeves for Cut-Off Wheel Samples

Designed for initial use at FABTECH 2011 to hand out samples of the new .045″ T-SGP wheels for Steel, the new sleeve is designed to hold a single wheel. The dimension is large enough to hold up to a 6″ diameter wheel. The same sleeve will be used for 4-1/2″, 5″ and 6″ wheels.

The package is more versatile than our present Test Paks with 3 wheels. The new pack has a series of check boxes to indicate wheel diameter, thickness and workpiece material. It may therefore be used for most cut-off wheels.

If you have trunk stock, frequently give an end user a wheel or two to try, you can upgrade your presentation by requesting empty test pak sleeves from Marketing. We’ll be happy to send you a supply for your personal use!