Cutting into the Performance Racing Industry

The automotive racing market has grown significantly over the last few decades with over 1,300 operating race facilities in the U.S. and more than 451,000 racing participants. Currently, auto racing is the largest spectator sport in the U.S.

The annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. boasts over 50,000 attendees, and represents users and companies with a wide variety of machining, fabricating, and finishing applications. This past December, PFERD exhibited at PRI for the first time, hoping to bring our range of metalworking solutions to the racing world.

PFERD’s premium quality tools and abrasives can be found within a broad range of industries. After attending PRI, we were excited to find many additional applications to which we can apply our expertise and high-value solutions, such as:

  • POLIFAN®-CURVE radial flap discs, ideal for fabricators using tubing to make and repair race car chassis and for notching roll cage pipe/tube. These discs are also excellent for grinding and deburring ‘fishmouth’ (coping) cuts for tightly-fitted tube welding.
  • Cut off wheels in 3”, 4 1/2“, and 6” for general sheet metal, pipe, and tube fabrication.
  • High-performance carbide burs optimized for applications on aluminum, stainless steel, carbon steel, and cast iron.
  • POLISTAR®-TUBE, abrasive spiral bands, and POLICAP® abrasive caps for cylinder head porting and polishing.

Many visitors to our booth were surprised by the impressive offering of specialized cuts available on PFERD’s line of high-performance carbide burs. Internal pipe/tube finishing with POLISTAR®-TUBE, complemented by our new variable speed 120V flexible shaft motor offers versatility and portability that is ideal for use in racing pits or in trailers. This machine runs at an optimum speed range to correctly run our smaller diameter product offerings to extend product life without over speeding which is a very common problem otherwise. Other tools popular with the audience were the electric angle grinder for COMBIDISC® and our MST pneumatic marking/engraving tool.

It is exhilarating to meet a group of motorsport enthusiasts and introduce them to our wide range of grinding, cutting, and surface finishing tools.  We have found many new opportunities to match our product solutions to their applications and working environments.  We look forward to keeping in touch with the connections we’ve made and are grateful to begin supplying products for the performance racing industry and adding this exciting show to our repertoire.
To learn more, please visit our website or contact us!

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How to Achieve and Maintain Value in Business

There are a lot of buzzwords that get thrown around in business. One of these words that we hear over and over is “value.” It’s something that means a lot of things to a lot of people—but what everyone agrees on is that it’s critical to success and customer satisfaction. At PFERD, value is an everyday goal; it’s something we aim to give every customer in a number of different ways.

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New Roll-Over Hubbing Process at PMB

Among the vast of benefits of the consolidation of distribution facilities is the new marriage of the technical staff to the hubbing equipment. Sam Birel and his team have already implemented some new equipment which makes loading the hubs into the machine easier, faster and safer.

The next improvement to the equipment has been presented to the owners, the expense approved, and will be implemented this Fall. The entire mechanism that attaches the hubs to the wheels in the assembly line is being replaced by new technology that Mr. Birel happened to come across on one of his trips.

The new heads use a different process, which eliminates flashing that can be seen on many hubs that are presently in circulation. The occasional flashing does not pose a safety issue. Torque tests are accomplished on all hubbed wheels to ensure attachment integrity, and the current hubs are perfectly safe and reliable. The new equipment puts out a roll-over that is absolutely perfect in form, with no downside.

Old hubs (left) vs. new hubs (right)

You will start to see the new roll-overs on all grinding wheels, cut-off wheels and POLIFAN® Flap Discs in November. They will be widespread circulated by January.