Eric Lundin

Eric Lundin


FMA Communications Inc.
2135 Point Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123

Shop Management | Articles | The Tube & Pipe Journal

Taking charge of taking inventory

March 6, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

Taking inventory of any sort of item is a monotonous task that kills productivity and saps morale, and tube and pipe are especially challenging. Scott Ross learned a thing or two about inventory control at one of the most inventory-intensive companies in the world, Amazon, and has brought some of his knowledge and experience to the tube and pipe industry through his company, Invictus Inventory.

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Tube and Pipe Fabrication | Articles | The Tube & Pipe Journal

Using heat to form complex metal parts

March 6, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

Just as hydroforming was “discovered” in the late 1980s or early 1990s, as it transitioned from just a few specialized industries into more mainstream manufacturing segments, another, related process is forging a similar path: Hot metal gas forming. Similar to hydroforming, but performed at elevated temperatures, it does many of the things hydroforming once did – forms difficult shapes and complex shapes, reduces part weight, exhibits less wall thinning than some competing processes – but takes them further because it works with more pliable material.

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Arc Welding | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Generous spirit forms essence of welder/fabricator/artist

March 3, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

Having grown up on a farm, John Eckbold learned a lot about fixing machinery and raising animals. Both have a place in his venture, Flying J Metal Arts & Fabrication, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

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Automated cutting machine turns notion of conventional work flow on its head

January 20, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

When mechanical contractor J.C. Cannistraro found that it was having trouble keeping up with the construction boom in the Boston area, it went looking for a better way to do things. Operations Manager of Plumbing Joe Mierzejewski thought that its cutting and collaring operation was a bottleneck and set his sights on improving the process.

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Construction project showcases best of metal fabrication

January 4, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

Editor Eric Lundin interviewed several of the people who were instrumental in the design, fabrication, and installation of the decorative façade that adorns FMA’s new office in Elgin, Ill

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Plasma Cutting | Articles | The Tube & Pipe Journal

Filter bag, housing manufacturer finds faster cutting process for aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel

November 22, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

When industrial filter and filter housing manufacturer Filter Technology Inc. had one too many late and substandard shipments of steel components, it took matters into its own hands and started cutting pipe and making plate components using a band saw and machining centers. Then its staff went to FABTECH and saw a Soitaab plasma machine with a bed for flat parts and chucks for pipe.

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Automation and Robotics | Articles | The Tube & Pipe Journal

Shopping cart manufacturer rings up productivity gains with automated bending cell

November 21, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Shopping cart manufacturer Technibilt has been incorporating automation little by little over the last few decades, but recently took a big step when it solicited bids for a transfer system that would bend and punch tube to make shopping cart frames.

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Arc Welding | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Artist keeps ’em guessing

November 3, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Metal artist Chris O’Rourke goes a little further than most artists do, focusing on attention to detail. Many fabricators are more than a little mystified as to just how he did what he did, and most are equally perplexed when they realize how much time and effort he puts into his work.

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Tube and Pipe Production | Articles | The Tube & Pipe Journal

Tube producer eliminates weld problems one flaw at a time

October 24, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Tube production is always a matter of juggling a great number of balls at once and dealing with relentless competitive pressure. For companies that provide tube for automotive applications, the risk of a recall is an additional burden. Longtime auto industry supplier Middletown Tube Works found a diagnostic tool that assists its eddy current system in evaluating the tube production process.

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Civil War re-enactors take aim at metal fabrication

August 31, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

The members of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery had two cannons, an old school bus, and many miles to cover to stage mock battles. A team of Civil War re-enactors, they had discarded their previous bus and needed to transform their new bus. They enlisted the help of the staff and students at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC), Janesville, Wis.

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Where metal fabrication and history intersect

August 29, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

The members of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery had two cannons, an old school bus, and a lot of miles to cover to stage mock battles. A team of Civil War reenactors, they had discarded their previous bus and needed to transform their new bus. They enlisted the help of the staff and students at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC), Janesville, Wis.

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Tube and Pipe Production | Articles | The Tube & Pipe Journal

Small manufacturer, big output

August 29, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

James Steel & Tube isn’t the biggest, most high-profile tube producer, but because it is a small company, it is extremely versatile. It has gone through several transformations since it was founded in 1961, and under the guidance of current president Jim Petkus, it is going through another transition.

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Tube fabrication equipment manufacturer takes a holistic view of sustainability

July 7, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Sustainability and green technology are no longer buzzwords, but comprise a host of enduring manufacturing practices. Equipment manufacturer Schwarze-Robitec has rolled out numerous developments to conserve energy, consumables, material, and other resources.

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Building bridges for the 21st century and beyond

July 7, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Fabricator and bridge erector used oxyfuel for years, but changed to plasma and benefitted from faster, more precise cuts.

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Tube and Pipe Fabrication | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Great gates!

July 5, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

After learning to weld on the family farm and honing his skill during his college years, Josh Foster decided to augment his steady, part-time job with a fabrication business. Big Creek Metal Works makes all sort of items, from large ranch gates to small art items, specializing in custom work.

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