Wrapping Up a Successful 2018 at PFERD

We’ve had a successful 2018 at PFERD, packed with projects and new developments. Between featured articles in leading trade magazines, attending industry trade shows, and expanding our North American portfolio with the introduction of new products, we’ve certainly kept busy over the last 12 months.

With the start of the new year, we’d like to share with you some notable highlights from our 2018.

Supplier of the Year

PFERD receiving the 2017 Supplier of the Year award at NetPlus Alliance's annual meeting.
PFERD receiving the 2017 Supplier of the Year award at NetPlus Alliance’s annual meeting.

In October, PFERD was named NetPlus Alliance’s Supplier of the Year for 2017 at the group’s annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ. NetPlus Alliance is a buying group for industrial and contractor supplies with customers across the country, and this year’s “Power of Partnership” meeting theme emphasized the importance of channel relationships in industrial strategies and long-term success.

A preferred NetPlus supplier since the group’s inception in 2002, PFERD achieved the highest results on three key performance indicators: total growth of NetPlus purchases, new distributor counts, and same-store purchase growth.

PFERD Expansion

During 2018, we enhanced our sales structure and focus by going from two sales regions to three. By realigning our sales structure to serve the West, Central, and East Regions, PFERD is able to deepen our relationships with customers with a continued focus on offering solutions that deliver optimum productivity and cost savings.

We introduced several new product offerings in North America, which were featured at the FABTECH 2018 show, with live demonstrations including:

  • POLIVLIES® interleaved flap discs
  • CC-GRIND®-STRONG grinding wheels
  • CERAMIC SGP STEELOX 1/8” thickness grinding wheels
  • OMNI cut carbide burs
  • CERAMIC SG COMFORT hybrid grinding wheels

Tradeshows and Press

This year, PFERD was featured in two great articles in respected trade publications: “3 Ways to Reduce Fatigue Factor in Finishing” appeared in the November 2018 edition of The Fabricator, and “Deburring Automation” can be found in the August 2018 edition of FABSHOP Magazine Direct.

One of our live product demonstrations at FABTECH 2018.
Giving a live product demonstration at FABTECH 2018.

The PFERD team attended some of the most anticipated tradeshows in the metalworking industry this year, including FABTECH 2018. FABTECH is North America’s largest metalforming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event showcasing new technology, making it an ideal opportunity to introduce our new products. More than 35,000 visitors attended this year’s show, which featured over 1,500 exhibitors.

This year, PFERD also joined Instagram, check us out (@pferd_na). Instagram is a great platform for us to share snapshots of the latest at PFERD and more, and gives us a fresh, engaging way to further connect with our audience. We’ve also been partnering with influencers such as @ZHFabrications where you’ll see interesting and creative work utilizing PFERD products. PFERD products can also be seen on Weld.com, a popular educational resource teaching proper techniques and best practices in welding and fabrication applications.

Looking Ahead to 2019

Amid all our recent exciting developments, the PFERD team would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our partners and customers. We deeply value your loyalty and support, as it is what makes our company a success and is the reason we continue to grow. We will continue to provide exceptional service to those who we work with in 2019.

We’re currently preparing for several new developments that we’ll be rolling out in Q2 of 2019, and we look forward to sharing them with you.

PFERD manufactures a broad range of quality cutting tools and abrasives. We offer high-performing, safe, and innovative products and services for grinding, cutting, hand finishing, and specialty applications.

To keep in touch and stay informed about the latest at PFERD, connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn. To learn more about our work, contact us today.

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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.