Find PFERD at PRI 2017

From December 7-9, 2017, racing leaders from around the world will converge at the 30th annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show at the Indiana Convention Center  in Indianapolis. For racing professionals, this is the premier event to learn about new products and industry trends.

Grinding Wheel
CC-GRIND® SOLID grinding wheel

Unlike consumer-focused auto shows and race events, PRI brings together manufacturers, distributors, fabricators, and professional race teams and representatives. This gives everyone a chance to see what types of new products and services are available, and gives buyers a chance to update their supplier list. Because all attendees have a professional stake in the event, there are more opportunities for meaningful business connections.

PRI 2017 looks forward to hosting more than 1,100 exhibitors in over 3,400 booths. Suppliers will show off recent advancements in automotive racing products and in the motorsports industry as a whole. There will be numerous networking and educational opportunities, with conferences, seminars, and other events taking place around the Indiana Convention Center that week.

Visitors can find us in the Yellow Hall, at Booth 5443.  We’ll have our full product offering on display, highlighting some unique products especially useful for

Grinding Discs
POLIFAN CURVE radial flap discs

fabricators in the auto and racing industries.  Products such as our POLIFAN®-CURVE – the patented radial flap disc that lets you easily grind those challenging fillet welds, our CC-GRIND® SOLID,  a super-aggressive grinding wheel that’s hard to beat, our 3” cut-off wheels for fast, easy cuts and our unique High Performance carbide burs that quickly remove high amounts of stock and come in material specific designs for materials such as steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and cast iron.

To learn more about the show and to register, visit PRI 2017 online. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter before or during the event for updates! We look forward to connecting with you at the show!

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Seeing is Believing – POLIFAN®-CURVE Flap Discs Offer Unmatched Grinding Precision

A fillet weld, the joining of two perpendicular pieces of metal, often presents a difficult challenge.

Grinding a weld seam
Grinding a fillet weld with a POLIFAN-CURVE flap disc

Anytime two pieces of metal are joined through welding, there’s going to be a resulting seam and excess slag. If fabricators and welders want to create a finished product without obvious seams, they’ll need to grind the surfaces where the two pieces of metal were joined. With fillet welds, this grinding takes place in hard-to-reach angles and corners.

Removal of fillet welds is historically accomplished with a bonded (or “rough”) grinding wheel, which is difficult to control, and leaves a gouged, uneven surface that needs to then be smoothed with a finer secondary operation. With POLIFAN®-CURVE flap discs, however, fillet weld seams and slag disappear in seconds, leaving a smooth finish. This also makes it easier to find cracks and inclusions in the fillet if any are present.

Using this disc, welders can grind and finish their work in one step, which saves time while providing a seamless result. The design of POLIFAN®-CURVE is truly what sets it apart from conventional flap discs. While conventional grinding products typically have only one grinding surface, this patented flap disc has three working surfaces – the top face, bottom face, and radial edge –it is not only the secret that allows it to get into tight corners or over odd curves, but it also gives the user a lot more abrasive to work with.

The radius edge of a POLIFAN®-CURVE disc has an additional advantage: Grinding a weld away to a perfect radius is not only a cosmetic advantage, but a structural one as well. A near-perfect radius causes any stress points in the workpiece to be evenly distributed at the weld seam.

Depending on the application, there are several varieties available, ranging in size from 4 ½  to 7 inches diameter, and abrasive options including Zirconia, A/O for

Grinding flap discs
POLIFAN-CURVE Disc Varieties

aluminum and Ceramic Oxide. One example of a project that was completed thanks to the POLIFAN®-CURVE can be seen on YouTube, as Garage Bound, LLC repairs a vintage semi stack holder. We’re always excited to see how customers in real life applications are using our products in their workshops on a daily basis.

More examples of POLIFAN®-CURVE’s grinding and surface finishing capabilities can be found on our YouTube channel. Because this is patented technology,  PFERD and our authorized distributors, along with select retail outlets, are your only source for this one of kind product. For more information, feel free to read through the POLIFAN®-CURVE  product brochure, or give us a call at (800) 342-9015 to discuss your needs. And if you have your own video to share, be sure to give us a shout on Twitter so we can share it in our networks, too!