AIR SPRINGS Supply is expanding its range of replacement parts integral to the reliable operation and maintenance of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) equipment used by major industries.

These include Firestone Airstroke actuators and Airmount actuators and isolators that help fill a potential supply gap resulting from a substantial trend over the last ten to 20 years for processors and manufacturers to import complete OEM systems of the latest overseas-manufactured technology, the company said.

Air Springs Supply national sales manager James Maslin said while parts on OEM systems work for many years without the need for replacement, when the time does arrive, some parts can be hard to source.

Air Springs Supply, the exclusive national distributor for a wide range of Firestone Industrial motion and fluid control technology, is matching rising demand for replacement parts by holding a wide range of parts in stock in its branches throughout Australia.

Load capacities of individual air springs available ex stock range from 40 kilograms to 40,000 kilograms, according to the company.

Air Springs Supply is also the exclusive national distributor of a broader range of Firestone technology integral to OEM equipment including conveyor lines, materials handling systems, vibrating screens and packaging units, stamping presses, shock absorbers, lift tables and processing and packaging lines.

The nationally available ranges of Firestone OEM and replacement products includes Marsh Mellow rubber noise and vibration isolators and Airpicker and Airgripper end effectors for packaging, bottling and dispatch.

Mr Maslin said OEM and replacement markets are attracted by the advantages of flexible walled pneumatic actuators that contain no internal moving parts to wear or break and which are durable, operate well in corrosive and abrasive industrial environments, easily accept misalignment, and offer a high ratio of stroke to collapsed height.

Air Springs products are being increasingly used as replacement actuators for existing motion and fluid control applications that had previously used traditional pneumatic or hydraulic cylinders involving internal moving parts that can break or wear, the company said.

“What is important also is that Firestone parts also easily cross over from Goodyear, Conti, Rexroth, Norgren and similar components incorporated globally by OEM manufacturers,” Mr Maslin said.

“Because we have been suppliers to Australian users of such OEM technology for more than 30 years, we can offer engineering assistance help identify and supply suitable top quality Firestone Air Spring and Marsh Mellow technologies to avoid production interruptions.”

“For replacement parts, it’s crucial to make sure you get the correct part, otherwise your important machinery may not function correctly. That’s why it’s always best to talk to an experienced representative first,” he said.

“As the national distributor of Firestone industrial products for over 30 years, Air Springs Supply can quickly advise on and supply replacements parts,” Mr Maslin added.