Air fittings and connectors have many different applications. Products range from simple air hose fittings for pneumatic tools to specialty air brake fittings to industrial air fittings for manufacturing facilities. Finding the right fittings for the application at a price that won't break your operating budget is difficult.
Industrial air connector manufacturers vary widely in the types of products they produce and often times industrial air fitting suppliers carry only certain specialty types of fluid handling equipment. Here are some things you want to do while looking for a supplier for your air connector, fitting and piping needs:
- Develop a spec sheet with the required elements needed for the system.
- Write a materials list of all needed air fittings and connectors, including estimated pipe or hose lengths.
- Search for suppliers who are able to meet general as well as specialty needs.
Narrow down your design specs to limit which type of air fittings and connectors you needWhen your project is in the design phase, your team may be looking at several types of fluid handling equipment to meet the needs of the project. Fittings for each type will fall in different price brackets and you may want to price fittings for each type to decide on which to design into the project.
Decide whether you want one supplier for all your air fitting needs or severalYour project may require several specialty air connectors or fittings, such as brass air fittings, which may require several suppliers. Purchasing all your fluid handling needs through one supplier makes the purchasing process easier, you may want to go through one supplier for most of your needs and use a specialty supplier for the specialty connectors in your project.
Get quotes from several industrial air fitting suppliersWith your materials list in hand, request price quotes from several suppliers. In most cases the supplier wants to know if they can meet all of your needs, so supplying the complete materials list, even if the product is not in their catalog, is important.
- Bring your request to the supplier for all the air fitting and connection parts you need. In most cases, the supplier will be happy to give you a volume discount on your order.