Hastings launches electronic catalogs and standardized parts data

Hastings Manufacturing Co. has published its worldwide piston ring data in ACES and PIES standards and TecDoc catalogs to support its large customer base requiring electronic product data.

Using the cataloging and data management services of Direct Communications Inc. (DCi), Hastings says it is now able to provide up-to-date product data for its wide range of piston rings, over 25,000 part numbers and 2.5 million vehicle and engine applications. , for electronic data export formats and online searches. DCi handles the cataloging and publishing of Hastings product data, which includes technical service information with illustrations and 3D ring type profile images, in both ACES and PIES formats and TecDoc catalog formats.

Ken Holbrook, President and CEO of Hastings, said: “Hastings is an iconic brand and we have just celebrated our 100th anniversary; now the world can find Hastings rings with the click of a button. Having electronic catalogs, online access and DVDs is the way business is done and the numbers speak volumes with all makes and models, 1.3 million business subscribers, 20 million daily users in the world and 28 different languages.

Developed by the Auto Care Association for the North American market, ACES and PIES standardized product datasets are available through OptiCat’s on-board system and directly from DCi, who can also accommodate requests for custom data formats . Automotive companies can get free access to search Hastings data on DCi’s CatalogRack (catalograck.com) and OptiCat’s online catalog (opticatonline.com).

Hastings product data from the TecDoc catalog, a service solution from TecAlliance, covers the European, Middle Eastern, African and South American markets. The service is available on a subscription basis, which can be purchased on the TecDoc website here. A free TecDoc Parts Decoder app is available from the Apple App Store. The app provides specifications and interchange information for Hastings piston rings.