Hydraulic components manufacturing company, STAUFF, has created an online database of computer-aided design (CAD) models for its 40,000-plus products. The company’s national marketing manager, Con Prandalos, talks about how the database helps design engineers.
STAUFF has been developing, producing and marketing hydraulic fluid components and accessories for over 50 years. The company’s manufacturing and design is headquartered in Germany and its products are distributed in more than 40 countries.
Having been present in Australia for over four decades, STAUFF has branches in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong. The company’s sales and distribution offices are also supported through a national network of authorised distributors and stockists.
Manufacturers’ Monthly got in touch with STAUFF’s national marketing manager, Con Prandalos, to talk about the company’s products and services.
“STAUFF’s products provide port- to-port solutions, from the component level, filter systems and filter elements for fluid media, pressure test systems, hydraulic accessories, flanges, tube connectors and quick- release couplings, clamping systems for pipes, hoses and cables, machined parts through to value-adding services,” Prandalos said.
“While manufacturing and design are carried out in Germany, we also offer value-added services in Australia. If you buy components such as tubes and clamps from us, we offer value-added services such as assembling the parts, bending tubes, forming and custom system- built solutions.
“STAUFF facilities and products are covered by Quality and Performance approvals from Lloyd’s Register QA, SAI Global, Bureau Veritas, DNV GL,” he added.
Taking the database online
STAUFF recently expanded its CAD online database with additional industrial fastening components for pipes, tubes, hoses, cables and other flexible and rigid components.
With these new CAD online database additions, users now have unlimited direct access to 3D models and 2D drawings of hundreds of additional products and configurations made from plastic, steel and stainless steel.
“The CAD database has enabled systems designers and engineers to access STAUFF products in 2D and 3D and other file formats to integrate into their drawings and specifications for system designs and applications,” Prandalos said.
“For designers, this eliminates the complicated measuring and drawing of components, as well as the need to import third-party formats that are not fully compatible to the users design file requirements.
“This saves valuable time and costs during the design process. For example, when system elements are integrated with other components. Each CAD model is permanently linked with the corresponding manufacturer’s reference and order code, which can be transferred into the parts list and easily communicated to the purchasing department,” he said.
The files provided are native CAD formats, which are compatible with all common design and engineering software (e.g. SolidWorks, CATIA, Pro/E, Inventor, AutoCAD), as well as most neutral data formats (e.g. DWG, DXF, IGES, STEP).
Using the online database, design engineers have access to CAD models of tube connectors, test couplings, filter housings, pressure gauges and other tank and container accessories, which are prerequisites for the design of hydraulic lines and systems.
The STAUFF CAD online database is publicly available to access by via the company’s website.
In addition to the CAD database, STAUFF also has its detailed product catalogue as a free app for mobile devices available through the usual channels: Google Play Store for Android and Apple Store for iOS devices.
On over 1,700 pages, the 10 individual catalogues offer all details for around 40,000 standard components. This information is relevant and useful for machine and systems design engineers as well as technical purchasers of hydraulic line components and accessories when comparing and selecting product characteristics and properties, dimensions, material information, order designations and much more.
By going to www.stauff.com, users can access up-to-date product information on the STAUFF catalogue app that is publicly available.