What is VMI?

(VMI) Vendor managed inventory is an inventory management process in which a Supplier of goods is responsible for the management and optimization of the inventory held by the customer or end-user.

What are the benefits of VMI?

There are several benefits of a Vendor Managed Inventory system (VMI)

  • Patriot Fluid Power dedicates its resources to managing your inventory, so you don’t have to
  • Detailed reports on number of inventory turns – Stocking level accuracy
  • Forecasting and cost analysis reports
  • Elimination of data entry errors through scanning of labels
  • Cost savings due to the elimination of factory minimums
  • Cost savings illustrated by the elimination of down time
  • Elimination of overnight shipping and expediting charges
  • Works with smart phone, no special equipment needed!

Most Common VMI system

One of the most widely used methods of VMI is a 2-bin, Kanban style system. Kanban is a workflow management process designed to help you maximize your efficiency. The primary goal is to reduce costs while creating more value for the customer. The Kanban system utilizes two physical bins with a min and max inventory level assigned by part number. It allows you to manage your inventory critical parts (such as O-rings, seals, custom seal kits, gaskets, etc…). The min and max levels are established by number of turns, the critical assignment and lead time. This is a relatively simple system because the parts are contained in two rotating bins. Parts are pulled which are used to fill orders or provide components to various workstations or departments.

For example, employees pull parts from one bin (front bin) until it is empty. Next, they rotate to the second bin (back bin). They scan the bin label with a phone or other scanning device. Thus, placing an order with Patriot Fluid Power to replenish the inventory in the first bin. This ensures that there is little to no risk of running low or out of stock due to normal usage.

What is Vendor Managed Inventory - by Patriot Fluid Power
Patriot Fluid Power Vendor Managed Inventory Label

Patriot VMI works!

We have developed VMI software that works on any smart phone!

Patriot can offer solutions for VMI tailored to your needs. First, Patriot will setup your facility by cataloging your parts. Next, we will recommend min and max levels based on usage analysis and create scannable code labels for easy reorder. In addition, we will help monitor your usage and recommend adjustments. Finally, Patriot can supply you scannable paperwork and labels so parts can be scanned into your ERP eliminating human data entry errors.

Please contact Patriot Fluid Power so we can recommend a Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) system that would be right for you!



An O-ring, also known as a packing or a mechanical squeeze seal, is a torus or doughnut shaped ring with a round cross-section. They are generally molded form an elastomer such as a rubber compound, however, O-rings are also made from PTFE (Teflon®) and several other thermoplastics as well as metals.

O-rings are one of the most common hydraulic and pneumatic seals used in machinery design due to the fact they are easy to manufacture, are very inexpensive and have relatively simple mounting/installation requirements.


O-rings were first patented May 12, 1896 by Swedish inventor J.O. Lundberg. The US patent was filed by machinist, Niels Christensen in 1937. He used the O-ring as a component in a hydraulic braking system and described it as “a circular section ring . . . made of solid rubber or rubber composition”.

After migrating to the United States in 1891, Christensen patented an air brake system for streetcars. Later the US government commandeered the O-ring patent During World War II and classified it as a critical war-related item thus giving the right to manufacture to other organizations.


O-rings are used primarily for sealing but are also used as a lighter-duty mechanical belt drive. They can be used in static (motionless) as well as dynamic applications (motion between parts). O-rings have been tested in certain applications to seal up to 5000 psi. The maximum sealing pressure of an O-ring will depend on the seal durometer (hardness) and the diametrical clearance between the mating parts.

They have a temperature range between -50f up to +650f for rubber elastomers and as high as +1600f for O-rings manufactured using metal compounds.

O-Ring Applications - by Patriot Fluid Power

Some common applications for O-rings include hydraulic cylinders, pneumatic cylinders, pumps, motors, valves, hose fittings, fluid or gas sealing, vacuum sealing, and many other custom and standard applications.

If you have any questions about o-rings or seals you can contact Patriot Fluid Power anytime.