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.

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.