Hydraulic Fitting Supplier vs. Manufacturer
Thursday, October 4, 2018
E-commerce impacts every industry, including ours, and is fast becoming demand-driven. The “have it now” mentality has taken hold and quite often, many seeking hydraulic fitting and hose solutions turn to online “suppliers” as their source of choice. A quick google search will certainly bring up several websites that claim they have exactly what you’re looking for (with no shipping fee!), so why say no? It’s important to realize that while they may offer a number of hydraulic fittings and hoses, working with a manufacturer vs. a supplier is the way to go.
What’s the difference between a hydraulic fitting manufacturer and a supplier?
There are quite a few differentiators, but it all boils down to who is making the actual product. A supplier doesn’t manufacture anything. They source hydraulic fittings and hoses from other companies, and sell them to customers, usually online only. They are a middle man of sorts, connecting the customer to the manufacturer.
Manufacturers cut out the middle man. They make the product in-house, and own the process – every step of the way. Our title says it all: Air-Way Global Manufacturing. We have innate knowledge of every product, material, type, application, etc., and because of our extensive knowledge base, we’re able to answer questions and address tough application challenges that suppliers simply cannot do.
Manufacturers, like Air-Way Mfg, have more control over product inventory and availability.
We understand your customers count on you, just like you count on us, to get them the products they need quickly and affordably, no matter when the order comes in. Because we own the manufacturing process, we naturally have a personal interest in the success of your project or application. We manage an extensive inventory and know what we have on hand. Our products are reliable and we work hard to have them ready to ship — reducing overall downtime for our customers. We are staffed with a dedicated team of specialists that can support you, advise you and make sure the part you’re ordering is the perfect one for the job.
Manufacturers have unique customization capabilities.
When you work with a supplier, it may be easy to order online, but it’s a cost-driven process and what you see is what you get. While we offer a full line of standard catalog items available for purchase online, when you work with a manufacturer like Air-Way, our customization capabilities make it possible to go beyond the typical stock products. If your application requires minor modifications, like a different O-Ring or nut, or something more customized, those are a natural part of our job description. We offer a level of technical service far beyond that of most fitting suppliers, tailoring our approach to your needs. In addition to our standard items, we routinely design and manufacture custom hydraulic fittings in unique sizes and configurations.
All our manufacturing facilities located around the world are standardized and quality controlled. We are ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified, ensuring part accuracy and quality manufacturing on a global level, and are responsible environmental stewards as well. That’s what you should expect when you choose to work with a manufacturer. Someone who’s got your back and has an arsenal of expertise, experience and reliable inventory.
Air-Way Terminology – Fittings or Adapters?If you go to the homepage of Air-Way Global Manufacturing, in big, bold letters it says, “Hydraulic Fittings & Adapters Manufacturer.” In our line of work, these two words - fittings and adapters – are quite interchangeable. Do they mean the exact same thing? We’ve talked with our team of experts including engineering, production, and sales reps to get the details.
70 years, 4 Generations, One Air-Way Global ManufacturingAir-Way Global Manufacturing continues to be an industry leader by supplying hydraulic fittings and adapters in an ever-changing global marketplace. While 98 percent of family-businesses fail by now, we feel compelled to explore our past and how we’ve stayed family-focused for 4 generations – and counting. It certainly wasn’t easy long ago, just like it is not easy today. It took a lot of perseverance and skill, while experiencing both wins and losses to get where we are now.
The Tariff Situation – Impact on Materials & ManufacturingThe trade war between the U.S. and China has become close to a year-long affair that has affected nearly every industry nation-wide, and like many manufacturers, Air-Way isn’t immune to the impacts. As tariffs have been ramping up since the start of 2018, it’s hard to understand the current state of trade and what it means for manufacturing. That topic is too big for a single article, but we would like to try and explain the specific tariffs that are affecting our entire industry and Air-Way’s manufacturing and supply chain.