SPRING MAKE 2019

In April, PFERD had the opportunity to be part of a one-of-a-kind event hosted by Lincoln Electric called “Spring Make”. Celebrating its third year, Spring Make is the only conference held specifically for Makers, marrying skill building and brand building into one exciting event. Makers have the opportunity to connect with brands that are interested in or have already invested in influencer, ambassador and spokesperson programs.

What is a “Maker”? There is no single definition, but at its root, it’s someone who creates for practical use as well as building for fun and shares his or her ideas, projects, and knowledge with anyone anywhere in the world as part of a larger community.

Adam Savage probably said it best: “Humans do two things that make us unique from all other animals; we use tools, and we tell stories. And when you make something, you’re doing both at once.”

By all accounts, this 3-day event was a huge success. With over 130 Makers from as far away as Denmark, the conference gave them an opportunity to sharpen their skills, network with other Makers and promote their own brands. There was an obvious bond formed between this group of individuals, and all participants got a real sense that they are part of a community.

Being one of a select group of suppliers at this event, PFERD had the opportunity to personally meet with some of the superstars of the Maker community, such as Zach Haberholz, Jimmy DiResta, Laura Kampf, Paul Jackman, Paul Pinto, and Chris Zeppieri. The PFERD team thoroughly enjoyed having one-on-one conversations with these talented individuals to not only talk about the latest innovations and solutions PFERD has to help them with their metalworking projects, but to also engage with them on a more personal level.

As the sole abrasives sponsor for the event, PFERD provided a wide variety of products for the Makers to use while working on projects during the conference. In addition, PFERD facilitated a “Hands-On” area headed up by Technical Sales Manager John Thompson, along with other PFERD technical experts to answer questions and provide technical tips and techniques to guide them through any of their metal prep to finishing needs.

Some products which attendees found especially helpful in their projects included PFERD’s new diamond coated brush for scale removal, the COMBICLICK® quick-mounting disc system, and our interleaved POLIVLIES® CO-COOL flap discs for metal removal and finishing. Unused consumables from the event were donated to the Ohio Boys Town organization, a local youth support program.

Spring Make showcased this group’s diversity in skill levels of all ranges, genders, and backgrounds. PFERD was proud to participate in this unique event and was thoroughly impressed with the creativity of this group of Makers.

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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.

PFERD TOOL MOBILE: Centuries of Expertise, Delivered to Your Door

PFERD is always looking for innovative ways to help our clients. Whether it’s communicating safety procedures or optimizing common applications, we enjoy being able to problem-solve any of our clients’ needs. One way is through our small laboratory classes at the PFERDACADEMY in Milwaukee. Another is held outside the classroom and allows us to provide our clients with real world applications of our tools and services. We realized that all of our clients have different needs, so we wanted to give them an option for a more specialized experience. One where PFERD can showcase our products and demonstrate varying solutions needed to resolve your individual concerns. That is why we incorporated our Tool Mobile program. Continue reading