Hydraulic Fitting Supplier vs. Manufacturer | Air-Way Manufacturing

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.

We invite you to learn more about our story, explore our inventory and of course, if you ever have a question please contact us.

  • Importance of Pressure Ratings and Testing for Hydraulic Fittings

    It can be difficult to find the right hydraulic fitting or adapter. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the one that is ideal for your application. While you can simply pick one and hope for the best, we recommend paying attention to pressure ratings as pressure is one of the most important things to consider when you’re evaluating hydraulic adapters and systems.
  • How To Measure Threads and Seat Angles for Hydraulic Adapters

    Prior to selecting and installing the right hydraulic fittings, it’s important to measure threads. We’ve created this article as a brief outline of the steps necessary to measure threads and what tools are required in order to do so.
  • How Air-Way Manufacturing is Using the Internet of Things to Continuously Improve

    As we continue to expand our customer base to top OEMs and distributors worldwide, we are continuously improving our processes and facilities to optimize efficiency and communication with our customers. How are we doing this? We are taking advantage of the internet of things and improving to better serve our customers.

Request A Quote

Our online catalog represents only a portion of what we manufacture and offer. We specialize in handling special requests based on your application.

Conversion Tools

Enter a conversion value in any box.

Note: At least two fields must be filled out
Currency - Conversion API currently unavailable. Try again later.

Access Denied

You do not have permission to view this site.