New Faces – Jim Sucharski

James Sucharski started at PFERD Milwaukee Brush Co. as a Manufacturing Engineer on September 29, 2011.

He most recently worked at Tanis Incorporated in Delafield, Wisconsin. He currently resides in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin with his wife and son.

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PMB New Building Update

I enjoyed the opportunity to visit the new PMB facility in Milwaukee, WI in August and September of 2011. Because all marketing and training materials were sent to the new facility, it was necessary for me to locate and organize the department resources.

Sam Birel and his entire team has been hard at work for several months to make this new facility “home”. By the time I arrived, it felt like the plant had been there for years. All production equipment was up and running smoothly. The warehouse  looks like Leominster used to, only on steroids. The racks are taller, the rows are longer, and since the consolidation of all inventory, I was really struck by how much product we have. Employees in their new workstations and offices seem comfortable and going about business as usual.

It is remarkable to walk in and see the hustle and bustle, and to think that a few short months ago, the business was entirely different.  The PMB team has clearly accepted the challenge to bring the organization to the next level.

I am confident that you will be equally impressed by the facility and the staff on your next visit. Please see the website for some photos and additional information on the opening of the new facility.

Jim Ballou

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.