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Eric Lundin

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More horsepower, better fuel efficiency

July 18, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

If you follow Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules, restrictions, and proposals, you’re already aware that it has mandated a corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Carmakers have been moving in this direction for many years, reducing weight where possible,...

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Another technology milestone

July 10, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

Most people have never heard of Eugene Ely, although aviation buffs probably recognize the name. An American test pilot in the early days of aviation, he was the first pilot to take off from a ship (November 14, 1910) and the first to land on one (January 18, 1911). On May 9, 1912, Air Commodore...

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Heavy equipment manufacturer

Tube and Pipe Fabrication | Articles

Better tube bending cuts production time, improves consistency for heavy equipment manufacturer

July 8, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

After decades of using an old manual tube bender with no features, Kress Corp. took a huge leap in technology when it purchased a new bender with CNC, full-color interface, and stacked tooling capability. The result is a 10-fold productivity improvement.

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Fabricator brings smiles to Sunshine State - TheFabricator.com

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Fabricator brings smiles to Sunshine State

June 28, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

After his yacht-building business dried up in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, entrepreneur Scott Gerber decided to build a simple sculpture from tubing. Based on a basic stick figure, the first one was a fisherman. Gerber placed a few around town, encountered some interest, and suddenly a new business was born.

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Fabricator follows forming trend in HVAC industry - TheFabricator.com

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Fabricator follows forming trend in HVAC industry

June 3, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

Copper is extremely useful in the HVAC industry, but the high and volatile price can wreak havoc on profit margins. Some fabricators have found that they can substitute a couple of aluminum alloys with good results. However, aluminum isn’t as easy to work with as copper. This article tells how Harco Metal Products developed forming and brazing processes for this not-so-forgiving material.

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Nets to catch and protect - TheFabricator.com

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Nets to catch and protect

June 3, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

When Industrial Laser Systems was asked to fabricate a tubular frame for a military vehicle, it rose to the challenge to cut, makes some holes, bend, and swage the tube ends. The result is a tubular frame that is affixed to the outside of patrol vehicles; combined with Kevlar® netting, the system prevents explosive projectiles from hitting the vehicle, with great success.

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Data, statistics, and context

May 31, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

Some of the latest headlines seem to tell a gloomy story about the state of the economy. On My 31 the Dept. of Commerce released the latest data on consumer spending, and it told of the first decrease in the last 12 months. To quote an article posted at www.nbcnews.com, “Consumer spending fell in...

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A grim reminder

May 21, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

Much of a town flattened. Entire neighborhoods reduced to piles of debris. Hundreds injured. More than two dozen killed. It’s a grim reminder that the confluence of weather systems in the central U.S., specifically masses of cold, dry air from the north and fronts of warm, moist air from the...

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Hey buddy … wanna buy a watch?

May 13, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

Fake Rolex® watches, knock-off Armani® handbags, counterfeit Nike® shoes, pirated movies of all sorts—if you’ve traveled to any countries that have lax trademark, patent, and copyright protection, you’ve seen plenty of faked goods. It’s pathetic, to say the least. The companies that make...

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Automated system helps manufacturer’s reshoring efforts - TheFabricator.com

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Automated system helps manufacturer’s reshoring efforts

April 19, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

When Oddello Industries, a supplier of fabricated assemblies to OEMs in a variety of markets, was invited to bid on a contract for a high-end adjustable mattress foundation, it searched for a piercing machine and a cutting machine that could handle the tubular portion of the project. It combined the two machines into a single integrated unit that processes more than 15 miles of tube per day.

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CNC tube bender provides precise bends for monocoque frames - TheFabricator.com

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CNC tube bender provides precise bends for monocoque frames

April 17, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

Industrial Laser Solutions, Atlanta, has carved out a niche as a firm that engineers and develops its own products. During the downturn that followed the financial crisis of 2008, the company decided to take on some additional work, and it found itself in the fabrication business. This article tells the story of its first fabrication project, including some problems and practical solutions.

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A litany of amateur mistakes

April 16, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

At 7:03 pm on November 1, 1955, a DC-6B (United Airlines Flight 629) crashed near Longmont, Colorado. The Civil Aeronautics Board and the FBI carried out a comprehensive recovery effort, and eventually pieced together most of the airplane. The tail had severed off cleanly, and when engineers from...

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Stick figures bring smiles in Sarasota - TheFabricator.com

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Stick figures bring smiles in Sarasota

April 8, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

After his yacht-building business dried up in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, entrepreneur Scott Gerber decided to build a simple sculpture from tubing. Based on a basic stick figure, the first one was a fisherman. Gerber placed a few around town, encountered some interest, and suddenly a new business was born.

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Hands off the merchandise!

April 4, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

In early March, my colleague Vicki Bell wrote a blog about a common and highly dreaded problem these days: Metal theft. I am sure the main target is copper, which typically fetches more than $3.00 per pound (spot price), and it probably started with stealing plumbing pipe from abandoned buildings....

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Cryogenic processing—dispelling the myths, mysteries - TheFabricator.com

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Cryogenic processing—dispelling the myths, mysteries

March 15, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

Heat treating metals goes back thousands of years, but the use of cold temperatures, especially the very cold temperatures in the cryogenic range, is relatively new and hasn't been fully accepted in the manufacturing industry. Interviews with four cryogenic processors clear up some of the mysteries and misconceptions concerning this often-misunderstood process.

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