Lund Industrial Group
The Lund Industrial Group presently includes Lund Engineered Products Division and Lund Coating Techologies, Inc. located in Holly Springs, Mississippi, U.S.A. However, the company origins go back to 1947 when Swedish immigrant Gustave Lund and his son Roger founded Lund as Lund Products, Inc. in an old mill building in Maynard, Massachusetts. We started out in the agricultural equipment field and continue to be one of the world`s leading specialists in extended life agricultural cutting systems and technology. Since then we have extended our expertise to wear reduction in the agriculture industry, as well as many other equipment markets and applications.
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The company quickly became the dominant supplier of cutting components to the U.S. agricultural market. In 1965, Lund Products was sold to Rexnord, Inc., a large Milwaukee based capital goods manufacturer listed on the New York Stock Exchange. At this point the company became known as the Rexnord Knife Division.
Lund was purchased from Rexnord in 1985 by its senior management team. At that time, the company adopted the name of Lund International Corporation
Finally, in April of 2004, Piper Industrial Coatings of Collierville, Tennessee was added to the Lund Industrial Group. In the process, its name was changed to Lund Coating Technologies, Inc.
More recently, in order to more accurately reflect the companies broader scope in the cutting systems and wear parts industry, the names of the company was changed to Lund Engineered Products.
In January, 2007, Lund embarked on a new phase. The Hudson, Massachusetts operation was relocated to an 80,000 square foot facility in Holly Springs, Mississippi, just southeast of Memphis, a major distribution center. In August 2007, Lund Coating Technologies was moved to Holly Springs as well.
In June of 2012, Lund sold its Irish operation to concentrate on U.S. opportunities.
The Lund Credo
The owners and management of Lund are committed to the following business principles, which we believe to be the foundation of our past success and the pathway to our future:
- We will always conduct our business with the understanding that our customers are our only reason for being.
- We will always provide our customers with quality products, and on-time deliveries are the overriding consideration in the day-to-day running of our business.
- We will never allow ourselves to be put into situations which compromise either our integrity or credibility.
- We will always strive to develop new and better technology for the benefit of our customers and the security of our future.
- We will always conduct our business in an honest and fair manner with respect to our customers, our suppliers, and our employees.
- We will operate our business so as to assure its fiscal health and continued growth, in the interest of our customers and employees.
- We will be concerned and involved citizens in the communities in which we operate our facilities.
We also recognize that our employees are our most valuable asset. Their well-being shall always remain our highest concern. To this end, we are dedicated to the following “people principles”:
- We will provide our employees with a workplace that is at all times clean, safe, non-discriminating, non-threatening and drug free.
- We will encourage our employees to improve their skills and enhance their career opportunities through training and other educational assistance.
- We will treat all employees consistently and fairly.
- We will compensate all employees competitively within the financial abilities of the Company.
The science of wear control is extremely complex. Lund recognized early on that all wear is not the same, and by extension that there is no single best solution for all wear problems. While Lund’s technical expertise and developments include all facets of the design and manufacturing process, the core of its efforts is the development of hard coatings and inlays that can be bonded to steel. The goal is to continue to provide ever-greater utility per unit of cost, and deliver precision parts of exceptional quality.
Lund specializes, in particular, in cutting system wear and abrasive wear. We produce wear and cutting system parts that have extended wear life designed in. Working closely with equipment manufacturers' engineers, Lund first seeks to gain a comprehensive understanding of the application. Then, we sort through the various considerations attendant to the problem to come up with the optimal solution. Those considerations include:
Material selection is the first step in the process of manufacturing the cutting system or wear part. With the information gathered from field testing, Lund engineers are able to select a base steel that will optimize such factors as strength, durability, cost, availability and cost effective manufacture. One material that often meets all of these design criteria is a medium carbon, chrome-molybdenum alloy steel. The combination of carbon, manganese, chrome and molybdenum results in a steel that has excellent strength characteristics as well as superior wear and corrosion resistance.
Cutting System Wear
Cutting system wear is essentially “dullness” of the cutting system. If the system is not kept sharp, the quality of the material being cut suffers, throughput is reduced, more energy is needed to operate the system, more heat is generated, etc.
In general, the harder the cutting edge, the longer it will remain sharp. Unfortunately, similarly the harder the edge the more brittle and susceptible it is to breakage. Therefore, in many of Lund’s products the cutting edge is selectively hardened, while the body of the part is maintained at a lower, tougher, more ductile state.
Lund pioneered the use of tungsten carbide hard coatings on its knives more than thirty years ago. The application of a thin coating of tungsten carbide to a knife edge established two levels of hardness on the working part of the knife. The tungsten carbide is even harder than the hardened edge of the steel. This differential in hardness creates a subsystem on the knife that causes the knife to actually wear itself sharp. That is, the hardened edge of the underlying steel wears slightly faster than the harder tungsten carbide coating, thus maintaining a sharp edge. This results in Lund's well-known 'WEAR SHARP' edges.
Keep in mind, however, that the thinner the tungsten carbide coating, the sharper the edge remains. In other words, it can never get sharper than the thickness of the hard facing material. Unlike its competitors, Lund’s approach to tungsten carbide edge treatments is to use very small tungsten carbide particles that can be closely packed in a relatively thin coating, as compared to large chunks in a thick coating (Large chunks also suffer from their susceptibility to be dislodged by impact, thereby leaving a large, wear inducing void).
Abrasive wear is due to hard particles being forced against and moving along a solid surface, or hard protuberances on one solid surface being forced along another solid surface. Such wear can occur in almost any environment, including in soil, in air with abrasive particles, in liquids with abrasive particles, etc. The two principal requirements of any coating that is intended to resist wear are that it must be hard (the harder the better, subject to impact resistance constraints) and it should be as smooth as possible.
Lund’s proprietary WEAR-TUFF ® coating is specifically designed to meet these requirements. And, since it can be applied either as a slurry or sprayed on, it is a very economical process, especially in a production environment.
Other Types of Wear
There are several other mechanisms of wear, including adhesion, erosion, and corrosion. Often, more than one mechanism occurs at the same time. Corrosion is an especially complex problem. However, one of Lund’s wear resistant technologies can typically solve even the most difficult problem.
Lund is Committed to Quality
The name Lund has always been synonymous with superior quality. This commitment to quality is one reason Lund has enjoyed lasting relationships with the major international agricultural equipment manufacturers. In fact, Lund is a certified supplier to many of these major manufacturers. As such, Lund ships directly to their production lines without need of incoming inspection. When we at Lund think of quality, we include quality of service and support. Lund's reputation in this regard is unparalleled, due in part to our extensive geographical coverage.
The Lund Industrial Group can provide innovative solutions to the most challenging wear and cutting problems in virtually any type of equipment and application. Some examples include:
- Agricultural Harvesting Equipment:Forage harvesters, Combines, Corn headers, Row independent headers, Round and square hay balers, Sugar cane harvesters, Mixer feeders, Silage grabs
- Agricultural Crop Movement Equipment:Augers
- Agricultural Tillage Tools:Harrow disks, Sweeps, Points, Ripping points
- Lawn and Garden Equipment:Brush chipper blades, Brush cutter blades, Tiller tines, Snow blower skids, Edger blades
- Golf and Turf Management:Reel mower bed knives, Sod harvesting knives
- Construction Equipment:Trencher teeth, Scraper blades, Skid feet
- Mining Equipment:Miscellaneous wear parts
- Railroad Equipment:Miscellaneous wear parts
- Aerospace Components:Miscellaneous wear parts