Why Working with a Global Hydraulic Sourcing Organization Makes Sense

Never Source Your Own Hydraulic Components Again: Here’s Why

H+ñnchen Pressure Intensifier 2Many companies think they need to dedicate internal resources to hydraulic component sourcing, but internally, you may not have the right set of engineering skills or knowledge of industry trends to recognize and source the right hydraulic components.

Working with a global hydraulics sourcing agency allows companies to take advantage of global, industry-wide resources and helps them access the components and technical advice needed to make a cost-effective and productive decision while lowering the total cost of ownership. Discover the benefits of a global, experienced sourcing firm.

Access to the World’s Best Hydraulic Technology 

Extending your reach to the global market ensures that your net is wide enough to capture the world’s best innovations in technology. Domestic sources may not always have the capacity to stay competitive.  When you work with a globally sourced hydraulics organization, you’re getting access to the best technology the globe has to offer, without having to do any of the extra legwork on your own.

Let a sourcing agency determine what’s best for your needs and budget, given the wealth of technology available. In short, a sourcing agency has the capacity and resources to do what your internal team lacks.

Ease of Use and Contracts 

A global sourcing agency has in-house capabilities that your internal sourcing team may lack. They can handle every aspect of the job, from engineering and component design, partner matching, logistics, and implementation. A global sourcing agency also has the ability to provide bilingual staff, so you won’t have to deal with language and other cultural barriers.

Another benefit? Ongoing technical expertise and support. With an internal team, you’re stuck if a component breaks and you can’t communicate with the manufacturer. Using an outsourced strategy takes the stress out of parts procurement and maintenance, leaving you to focus on what’s most important.

Quality Assurance

Though many companies praise international sources in terms of quality, some buyers are still leery of purchasing products from outside sources. Why is this? Unfortunately, we live in an era where skepticism reigns supreme and consumers demand transparency. There’s a misconception that only American products are made to rigorous standards; the truth is that most countries have stringent requirements for manufacturing.

Another concern for potential buyers has to do with the Buy American Act. Signed into law by President Hoover in 1933, it requires government contractors to give precedence to U.S.-made products whenever possible. However, most people don’t realize that products made in Western Europe do indeed qualify for the BAA.

Questions To Ask Before Sourcing Hydraulic Components

Before you locate your equipment, whether through an internal team or a global sourcing agency, there are a few considerations you should think about, including:

What’s the Cost? 

When you’re weighing your options, the first thing you should think about is how the decision will affect your company financially. What are the direct costs to your company to in-source vs. outsource? Is your team flexible enough to handle logistics issues if they arise? If you crunch the numbers, you’ll often find that an agency will be a better deal in the long run.

How Will The Economic Climate Affect the Chain?

Inflation, geopolitical climate, and supply-chain issues should all be on the forefront of your mind when you’re making the decision to source internally. A global agency handles all the legwork for you, from customs to your doorstep. When you step back and weigh your options, you’ll find that outside sourcing provides you with the best return on investment.

Are your ready to source your hydraulic components globally? We can help. Talk to us about the kinds of products we distribute and the manufacturers that we’re proud to work with.

Sources:

http://www.sdcexec.com/article/10289618/global-sourcing-is-it-really-worth-it

http://www.confessionsoftheprofessions.com/advantages-disadvantages-sourcing/

http://www.nfpa.com/fluidpower/fluidpoweruses.aspx

http://www.icfluid.com/about/

 

Office Closed for the Holidays

closed-for-holidaysIC-Fluid Power will be shut down for the Holidays December 24, 2015-January 1, 2016 to allow our employees to spend time with their families. We will re-open at 8 am EST Monday, January 4, 2016.

We appreciate your business in 2015 and send warm thoughts and Best Wishes for a wonderful Christmas Season and a very Happy New Year!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy-ThanksgivingIC-Fluid Power is closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operations on Monday, November 30th at 8:00 am EST.

2015 FABTECH Show

2015 Fabtech Show2Day 1 of the 2015 FABTECH Show in Chicago has begun.

Stop by booth S4778 (click for exhibitor directory) to see the latest in stamping technology and learn more about die splitters and turnover machines which quickly and safely open and rotate tooling.

Hope to see you at FABTECH 2015! 

 

 

2016 IC-Fluid Power Calendar Now Available

2016 IC-Fluid Power CalendarThe 2016 IC-Fluid Power calendar is now available online. Click here to download.

“Our customers love the calendar”, commented Bernd Hunger, Vice President of IC-Fluid Power. “Many hang it on their wall or keep in their desk as a reference to week numbers commonly used in Europe. It also has useful information like holidays and the number of working days in a month which are important to keep in mind when manufacturing and shipping.”

That’s a Wrap on Valve World 2015

Below are a few photos of the IC-Fluid Power booth at Valve World 2015.

If you were there, what was you main takeaway?

IC-Fluid Power booth at Valve World 2015

IC-Fluid Power booth at Valve World 2015

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IC-Fluid Power booth shot #2 at Valve World 2015

IC-Fluid to Exhibit at 2015 Valve World Americas Expo July 15-16

Valve-World-2015IC-Fluid Power, a privately-held specialty hydraulic sourcing firm, announced their participation in the 2015 Valve World Americas Expo, July 15-16 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. Their booth number is 1106.

IC-Fluid Power will be showcasing the robust yet compact HyRav hydraulic rotary actuator for valve and industrial applications, as well as other innovative products.

Founded in 2011, the Expo attracts thousands of visitors looking for a broad overview of the latest technologies, components and systems in the field of industrial flow control.

“The Valve World Americas Conference and Expo is one of the fastest growing events for the flow control industry and we’re very excited to be part of it,” commented Bernd Hunger, Vice President of IC-Fluid Power.

Office Closed Friday, July 3

IC-Fluid PowerThe IC-Fluid Power office will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of the July 4th holiday and we will resume business as normal on Monday, July 6th.

Have a safe a happy 4th of July!

IC-Fluid Power Adds Three New Pressure Intensifiers

IC-Fluid Power is proud to announce the addition of three new pressure intensifier products; MP-2000-XP, MP-CT and MP-S. Hydraulic Pressure Intensifiers provide more pressure, more power and more performance exactly when and where you need it.

MP-2000-XP Pressure IntensifierThe MP-2000-XP Pressure Intensifier is made for installation in smaller power packs, where a higher end pressure is required. Available ratios of 7:1, 10:1 and 13:1 allow end pressures up to 37,700 psi (2,600 bar) and flow rate from 0.5 to 3.4 GPM (2 to 13 LPM) to be generated. Additionally, the MP-2000-XP adds a tank port, which allows for optimum circulation and cooling of the oil.

MP-CT Pressure IntensifierThe MP-CT Pressure Intensifier is made for installation in hydraulic stacking systems, where a higher-end pressure is required for a specific job. The MP-CT will increase the pressure exactly where required and supply the higher pressure through a separate female port G1/4″. End pressures in the range 1,450 to 11,600 psi (100 to 800 bar) can be achieved. The MP-CT is designed for inlet flows from 0.5 to 3.9 GPM (2 to 15 LPM) dependent on the ratio chosen.

MP-S Pressure IntensifierThe MP-S Pressure Intensifier is designed for compact applications where the space available is limited. The MP-S series is designed for inlet flows from 0.5 to 2.1 GPM (2 to 8 LPM) and is available with multiple ratios ranging from 2.0 to 9.0 and will increase a supplied pressure 145 to 2,900 psi (10 to 200 bar) to a required end pressure 1,000 to 11,600 psi (70 to 800 bar).

Click to view IC-Fluid Power’s complete line of Pressure Intensifiers.

IC-Fluid Releases New line Card

IC Fluid Power Line CardIC-Fluid Power, a privately-held specialty hydraulic sourcing firm, introduces its newly updated line card for 2015.

The IC-Fluid Power line card provides a comprehensive resource for hydraulic products, in-house capabilities and benefits of working with IC-Fluid Power.

“We are really proud of the new line card,” commented Bernd Hunger, Vice President of IC-Fluid Power. “It’s been completely redesigned. We want it to be used as an ongoing resource, so we designed it to include even more useful information for our customers and distributors.”

The new IC-Fluid Power line card is available by calling 1-877-ICFLUID.

Based in Northwood, Ohio, IC-Fluid Power is the North American sourcing, sales and marketing hub for numerous German and European hydraulic manufacturers. For 25 years, IC-Fluid Power has combined in-house technical expertise with long-standing relationships to deliver off-the-shelf and custom hydraulic systems and components to customers throughout North America.

For more information on IC-Fluid Power, call 877-ICFLUID or visit www.icfluidpower.com.