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Posted on August 09, 2022

Rising Material Costs: The Impact and Considerations to Stem the Tide

My friend wanted to expand the size of his garage to make room for a large woodworking shop.  At the beginning of the pandemic, a contractor gave a $22,000 estimate.  However, the job was postponed for reasons unrelated to the cost. Recently, he decided to move forward, and the same contractor returned with a new quote last month: over $45,000.


Posted on August 02, 2022

How the Distributor and Supplier Relationship can Improve Supply Chain Disruption

With today’s supply chain challenges, companies must be more strategic in managing supplier and distributor relationships. Complications can often arise, and companies must be prepared to respond promptly and efficiently. 


Posted on July 28, 2022

Understanding the Two Types of Tube Fittings

A boss fitting walks into a bar and the bartender says, "I'm sorry, we don't serve boss fittings in here." The irate fitting angrily says, "Why not?" and the bartender says, “Because you’re too well connected.” 


Posted on July 25, 2022

Questions to Ask Yourself When Selecting a Hose Fitting

As most of us know, crimping is the most frequent way to assemble a hydraulic fitting to the hose. But before even selecting a fitting and hose combination, we first need to ask ourselves what the proverbial S.T.A.M.P. is: size, temperature, application, materials/media, and pressure.


Posted on July 21, 2022

The Importance of Contamination Control in Hydraulics

Particles in the Fluid Can Cause Hydraulic System Failure

Hydraulic system components can fail due to a microscopic particle in the fluid (a dust speck, a small metal chip, abrasive dirt, moisture, etc.) This can cause a ripple effect in the system and damage system components. Often, the cause of the problem is a faulty or incorrect seal, allowing particles to enter and contaminate hydraulic fluid. This, along with improper handling of components, can all create costly system failure and force expensive downtime.


Posted on July 11, 2022

O-Ring Face Seal Vs. O-Ring Boss

The two most popular hydraulic O-ring fittings are O-ring face seal fittings and O-ring boss fittings. Yet, what’s the difference between them? While both need to create a tight seal within a hydraulic system, each serves a different purpose.


Posted on July 05, 2022

DIN Flange Vs. ANSI Flange

What’s the difference between a DIN flange and ANSI flange? First, you must understand what flange fittings are to make the distinction.


Posted on June 29, 2022

Are Stainless Steel and Brass Fittings Compatible?

The type of tube fittings and adapters used within a hydraulic system is crucial. When it comes to choosing the material, it’s important to make sure it’s the perfect fit. The wrong material can cause contamination and other issues.


Posted on June 24, 2022

OEM and Tier Suppliers: What a Tangled Web They Weave

We all know what an OEM is – Original Equipment Manufacturer. And we know they are usually the 400-pound gorilla in the room. There are OEMs such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman who are Department of Defense contractors, producing fighter jets and other defense equipment. Then there’s GM, FORD, Honda and all the other automotive manufacturers who are OEMs in their industry. These are just two markets, but it runs the gamut, from home appliance such as Panasonic and Whirlpool, to lawn mowers like Toro and Troy-Bilt.


Posted on June 14, 2022

In What Ways Will the Aviation Industry Change?

Since the pandemic, the aviation industry hasn’t been the same. In 2020, the industry totaled $328 billion in revenue, which is only 20 percent of 2019. This is equivalent to the amount of revenue generated in 2000.


Posted on June 13, 2022

Issues in Overseas Manufacturing, Tariffs, and the Supply Chain

It has been three years since the outbreak of the pandemic, which changed our lives. Despite more advanced economies being on the path to recovery, global supply chain disruptions are still a major problem due to trade stress.


Posted on June 07, 2022

What is the Best O-ring Material for Hydraulic Fluid?

Hydraulic fittings incorporating O-rings are not new to the market. While O-rings provide a simple solution, they are often taken for granted. Important characteristics of the O-ring, such are material selection, are frequently ignored. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the types of materials available to help you choose what’s best for your application.


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