FABTECH 2016 – A Great Event for the PFERD Team!

Another FABTECH Expo has come and gone, and at PFERD we believe that 2016’s version was a huge success!  FABTECH’s importance in the fabrication, welding and finishing industries is reflected in the strong attendance both in number of attendees and in the vast number of geographical markets around the world visitors represented.  This year’s FABTECH drew attendees from 120 countries with a total of 31,110 visitors over the three day event.

PFERD at FABTECH

FABTECH gives us at PFERD an invaluable opportunity to meet face-to-face with end users.  We had several visitors this year that brought their metalworking challenges directly to our booth.  Not only does this give us an opportunity to use our expertise to solve problems, but it provides us with an opportunity to see some of the unusual applications our customers deal with on a daily basis.

FABTECH is a premier venue for us to highlight the breadth of our portfolio and demonstrate the innovative solutions we bring to users.  Unique, innovative products such as our  CC-GRIND®-SOLID grinding disc, POLIFAN-CURVE® flap disc and DUODISC® cutting and grinding disc were featured in our grinding booth where visitors saw firsthand how these products perform in true applications, and the benefits these products bring to their everyday tasks.

PFERD Grinding Booth at Fabtec

While we are well known for our grinding, cutting and surface finishing applications with hand tools, our brush station gave visitors a first-hand look at our power brush solutions for industrial applications on CNC and robotic machines.  Work pieces and videos highlighted deburring applications with our M-BRAD® composite brush portfolio which focused on overall value through optimization of work processes was a primary focus of our message to visitors.

The PFERDVALUE® program  which highlights how our products and solutions address concerns with operator health and safety, as well as delivering cost savings and productivity increases really resonated with attendees.  A fun and interactive way we were able to demonstrate factors such as noise, vibration, haptics and emissions was with our interactive ERGOCUBE displays.  These displays gave a simulated physical experience of how PFERD’s products improve upon these key areas of concern for operators in the metalworking industry.

PFERDVALUE® program

As PFERD is committed to being an innovative, solutions-oriented manufacturer, we look forward to interacting with both current and future end-users at the FABTECH show. It is an annual highlight of the imagination, innovation, and expertise of the PFERD team, and we can’t wait for FABTECH 2017!

PFERDVALUE® Program at FABTECH 2016

FABTECH is the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America.  This year it is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 16-18 and PFERD will be there exhibiting at Booth N2004.  As always we will have a strong presence highlighting our precision products and power tools, with a focus on our PFERDVALUE® program.

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PFERD Applications Specialist in the grinding booth

The PFERDVALUE® program was launched a few years ago to address increasing concerns regarding operator efficiency, health and safety as well as cost savings and process optimization.  It contains two core elements PFERDERGONOMICS® and PFERDEFFICIENCY®. At FABTECH 2016 we will have interactive demonstrations integrated within the exhibit that will display what the program is.

The two core elements of the PFERDVALUE® program:

PFERDERGONOMICS®: This core element of the program captures how PFERD solutions address the human factor with consideration to the health and safety of the operator and how consumables play a part in supporting the human factor.  We will be demonstrating this through interactive displays that focus on four primary concerns: emissions (such as dust), vibration (“white knuckle syndrome”), haptics (force/effort) and noise.  The focus will be to educate on these critical factors and to show process oriented solutions rather than merely products.

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Try our ERGOCUBES at FABTECH

PFERDEFFICIENCY®: The other core component focuses on work-in-process to ensure cost savings and productivity increases.  This part of the program relies on four basic tenets:  energy savings, waste savings, time savings and resource savings.  Reducing total cost rather than looking solely at the consumable cost is what this program highlights and is our target for every application.  Our high performance burs and M-BRAD® range of composite brushes in off-hand applications such as automatic cut-off, deburring and surface finishing are prime examples of PFERDEFFICIENCY.

Other innovative products that PFERD is known for including our POLIFAN®-CURVE flap discs will be on display and featured in our grinding and finishing booths.  POLIFAN®-CURVE is a  unique product that brings significant advantages to rough and finish grinding applications, and exemplifies several objectives of the PFERDVALUE® program.  With a patented configuration, the POLIFAN®-CURVE flap discs has three fully usable working surfaces as opposed to the single surface of conventional flap discs.  This design makes it the perfect tool for grinding fillet welds as well as unusual curves. Come see our live demonstration in the PFERD grinding booth!

Be sure to visit the PFERD team at BOOTH N2004 at FABTECH 2016, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest news on our show plans.  If you can’t make the show and want to learn more about the PFERDVALUE®   program contact us here.

PFERD’s Internship Program Brings the Classroom to Life

As we head toward Manufacturing Day–a nationwide celebration of the manufacturing industry taking place on Oct. 7th—we thought you’d like to hear about how PFERD brings the goals of manufacturing day to life. One of the aims of Manufacturing Day is to inspire young people to consider a career in manufacturing.

Through our PFERD Internship Program, current college students are given the opportunity to put their classroom learning to practice. We create an atmosphere within the company that allows interns to truly learn about the career they are studying and their prospective roles. An internship allows them to gain experience and make results happen.

PFERD Interns 2016
L-R: Andrew Oswald, Jake Pallo, Steven Snider

We spoke to our interns about their time here at PFERD. Here’s what they had to say:

Jake Pallo, Quality and Safety Intern, Mechanical Engineering Major, Junior

Role: I have been taking assignments and performing wear testing for products. The data is used to determine the lifespan of products. I have also been helping prepare for the ISO audit coming up in December by filing and restructuring all data and information so that the audit goes smoothly.

Perks for working with PFERD: The size of the company makes it easy to see all parts of the business and the wider industry. I’m happy to have the opportunity to work within a division of a larger company.

Takeaways from being an intern: The real world is completely different from the classroom. I’ve learned how to collect data properly, compile information for future interns to use when performing wear tests, and to use tools like Microsoft Excel. I’ve gained a wider understanding of what quality and safety mean for a company, especially ISO 9000, and terminology used in manufacturing.

Because PFERD has all its functions in one location I feel I like that my work here is really adding value. I have gained more of an engineering mindset by thinking about processes differently, understanding flow charts and diagrams, and sharpening my problem solving skills. The importance of interning is immeasurable.

Internship term: Jun-Dec/Jan

Steven Snider, Manufacturing Engineering Intern, Mechanical Engineering Major

Role: I’ve been working on design projects such as making molds or parts of machines. I’ve also been handling issues pertaining to designs for molds.

Favorite experience: Meeting with other companies about preparing designs for machines in the future. This gives me a better idea that what we do now will have an impact in the future. Seeing new designs and what we hope to accomplish with them.

Perks for working with PFERD: It’s an intimate work environment with the duties of a bigger company. The friendly engineering aspect allows me to interact freely and have conversations with people in different departments. I would recommend this internship to a friend.

Takeaways from being an intern: Real life experience and hands on learning gives me a much better grasp on what I get in the classroom. I now feel like I have a leg up on my career because I am starting out already knowing a lot more about design.

Internship term: Jun-Dec/Jan

Andrew Oswald, Marketing Intern, Marketing Major

Role: I have been helping with the PFERD CRM customer relationship database, which helps connect and build a more personalized relationship with their customers. This way the reach-out for marketing aspects is easier and more personal.

Favorite experience: The company culture. It’s a friendly company and it isn’t overwhelming to have a good relationship with everyone here. I also like the work ethic and the attention paid to the daily details and deadlines.

Takeaways from being an intern: The real world application and work experience is extremely valuable.  Being in an office before a full time position offers a view into the day-to-day functioning of a firm. Being an intern has helped me get a sense of what I’d like to do once I graduate. I would definitely praise to my friends that PFERD offers a terrific internship program. It’s a unique company in a niche industry so it’s a good opportunity to embrace a learning curve.

Polishing Off 2015 With Thanks to All

It is hard to believe that another year is already coming to a close. The past 12 months have been filled with many changes and improvements that are driven by our understanding of the markets we serve and the needs of our customers. When you’ve been in business as long as we have, you know how to provide solutions that deliver outstanding quality and reliability.

In our final post of the year, we’d like to thank all of those who have helped us achieve the success we had in 2015. It was a year of achievements we can be proud of. We are indebted to our dedicated team of professionals, who bring their work ethic and commitment to our facilities each day. Without them, we couldn’t provide the products and services that our customers have come to rely on. The manufacturing industry isn’t an easy one but with the expertise our employees bring to the industry, we are a leading global supplier of quality abrasives and surface finishing products.

This past summer we embarked on a move to improve customer service by relocating staff from our Leominster location to our newest state-of-the-art facility in Milwaukee. By merging executive personnel, marketing, and customer service positions in the same location as brush manufacturing, central product distribution, and technical training functions, we offer increased efficiency in meeting the needs of our customers. This transition was made even more successful with the support of our loyal employees who stuck with us and eased the move to the new location.

We are looking forward to more success in 2016 as we continue to provide the highest quality “single-source” solutions for hand finishing, grinding, cutting, and specialty applications. We thank you for choosing PFERD!

From our family to yours, wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy New Year!

The PFERD Team is Growing – And Continues to be the Best

There’s a reason PFERD has been in business for an astounding 216 years. Of course, much of it has to do with the superior products we provide our customers. Beyond that, it’s all about the people we employ.

We are proud to have the best, brightest, most experienced experts in the business, and our team just keeps growing. In fact, we’ve recently expanded our team of applications experts, adding more industry leaders to our ever-growing company. Continue reading

Proudly Sponsoring the AWS SkillsUSA World Team Welders

With manufacturing growing and the industry’s skilled workforce shrinking, it’s now as important as ever to promote hands-on skills and education while fostering excitement over the work American manufacturers do.

At PFERD, we take this task seriously, and as an industry leader whose history dates back over two centuries, we take great pride in being a part of this education.

For this reason, and so many more, we’re extremely excited to sponsor the AWS SkillsUSA team in the 2015 WorldSkills Competition.

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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