Why Do Technical Resources Matter?

December 30, 2017

At ISM, we believe The ISM Difference means supporting our customers with quick and easy access to technical reference materials. This information helps with the selection and use of flow control components and includes technical data, component specifications and technical drawings.

Why We Love Our New Site Search (and You Will Too!)

About ISM November 3, 2017
Searching for parts at ISM is easy and intuitive By Travis Scott Just over a year ago, we launched our redesigned website that featured e-commerce capabilities plus an easier user interface. In order to offer online purchases, we needed software suitable for an industrial distributor like ISM. Magento is the name of the software we chose. It’s feature-rich...

What Does OEM Parts Mean for Manufacturing?

Miscellaneous September 25, 2017
Quality component parts: OE, OER, OEM and ODM and what they mean Summary: OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. Most often, OEMs purchase parts from other manufacturers or suppliers and use them to assemble their finished products. OEMs also make parts and sub-assemblies that are resold to other companies who assemble them into their own finished products.   Introduction The...

10 Reasons to Love ISM’s Redesigned Website

About ISM August 16, 2017

Improved Navigation and User Interface

Our previous website was a good website. Over time though, we found ourselves wanting to improve functionality and navigation beyond what it was capable of. Added to that were occasional customer requests for more features, services and capabilities we really wanted to provide.

Well, after a lot of work and planning, we launched our new website and it has the design ...

Vacuum Unit Conversion Chart – New ISM Resource

Materials August 15, 2017
The new ISM Vacuum Pressures Unit Conversions Chart (Absolute and Relative) is now available as a downloadable PDF Introduction Vacuum systems are used in a wide range of industrial, material handling, food processing and laboratory applications. Wherever vacuum is used, questions come up about vacuum or negative pressure. What it is, how it is measured and how one vacuum measurement...

CVSF Series Valved Suction Strainers – New Products

Miniature Valves August 15, 2017
One-way foot valves with built-in 40 mesh strainers prevent coarse particle contamination About the CVSF valved suction strainer Our featured new product is the CVSF series of valved suction strainers, also called suction filters or foot valves. The design of these valved strainers is a spring loaded ball check valve combined with a 40 mesh stainless steel domed strainer. The CVSF series...

When Do Customized Services Matter?

Customer Services August 4, 2017

The ISM Difference - It matters every time you contact your partner vendor for help and advice

When using a supplier website or contacting them for a component part, you have some specific ideas in mind. It can be surprisingly difficult though, finding something that works right off-the-shelf.

What to do next? Rethink the ...

5 Reasons for Outsourcing Inventory Management

Customer Services July 3, 2017
The ISM Difference - Keep inventory under control so you can focus on what you do best The key to manufacturing competitiveness is taking care of valuable resources. Businesses that reduce management distractions, minimize inventory-carrying costs and focus on core competencies improve their competitive advantage. Outsourcing inventory management can be useful for achieving these goals. Introduction Inventory management is important...

6 Reasons You Should be Using Clear-VU Filters

In-line Filters May 11, 2017
The Clear-VU in-line filter is the best choice when flexibility and ease of installation matter The ISM Clear-VU filter is a versatile and useful addition to any design, maintenance or repair parts kit. It comes with filter element choices ranging from 10 to 250 microns. Color coded by micron rating, these filters are a smart choice for demanding environments where easy installation...

Full Port Ball Valves vs Standard Port

Miniature Valves April 19, 2017

Full port ball valves provide almost no resistance to flow through the valve

Summary: The flow path through a full port valve body is the same size as the flow coming into the valve and leaving it via its tube or pipe connections. Standard port valves have smaller bodies overall with a corresponding narrowing inside the valve body.

Questions about the differences between full port or full bore valves and standard valves come up pretty regularly for us. I am going to try to answer some of them in this post. I’ve included some related information in the form of a short FAQ list...