Cost-effective, straightforward, and easy to install, rivets provide versatile, reliable solutions for a huge range of industries and applications. Though screws, nails, and bolts may still be more common fastening solutions, rivets can provide enhanced performance for particularly challenging situations.
As industrial and manufacturing companies continually strive to become more efficient and boost their bottom lines in today’s increasingly competitive landscape, the use of industrial vending machines has been experiencing substantial growth.
Vending machines come in several different forms, such as coiled types, carousels, and lockers. Each type offers unique benefits and features for various applications and workspaces.
Coil vending machines, in particular, allow inventory to be stacked front to back, and provide solid storage density, but they’re not ideal for larger parts. Locker vending machines, on the other hand, provide more room for inventory but at a lower density.
Below are some of the key benefits of industrial vending machines.
Vendor-managed inventory (VMI) — a supply chain process that streamlines inventory procedures by putting the vendor or supplier in charge of managing and replenishing a manufacturer’s inventory — can be hugely useful for both the companies employing these systems and their clients.
Here at Assembly Fasteners, Inc. (AFI), we make use of a number of specialized VMI programs in order to provide added value to our customers while reducing our overall costs. Our newest VMI system — Assembly Virtual Inventory System (AVIS) — uses SmartBins to automatically track the number of parts in a bin and determine when part refills are needed. AVIS then collects and stores this data in a cloud system to generate automatic stock orders.
With VMI systems like AVIS, we’re able to supply our customers with high-quality products while requiring fewer transactions and allowing for lower purchasing, receiving, and quality costs. Below are five great reasons to employ — or work with a company that employs — VMI systems.
Metal fasteners are everywhere-- screws, nuts, bolts, rivets, clamps -- they're used to bond materials together in appliances, electronics, industrial equipment, and more. However, metal fasteners no longer remain the only ones dominating the industry.
The team at Tropic Fasteners is excited to announce that we’ve recently been awarded Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
When rolling out new products, many manufacturers find themselves struggling to keep down overhead costs, which can directly affect profit, market competitiveness, and overall product success. To ensure optimal efficiency, managers across all industries are working hard to curb the high costs of manufacturing overhead. Customers know what they are paying for products however they don't know what they are buying and at what cost. With AFI, you get the transparency you deserve.
Through cutting, bending, and assembling, sheet metal fabrication produces machinery and structures of all types for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, construction, and jewelry.
About the Tradeshows
AFI is pleased to announce that we’ll be attending two exciting tradeshows this winter — two Design2Part (D2P)
Shows and the AmCon Design & Contract Manufacturing Expo.
AFI is thrilled to announce that we will be opening a new warehouse in Tennessee at the start of the new year. This exciting expansion is taking place in a booming location; manufacturing accounts for 15% of the state’s total output and makes up 11.4% of its workforce.
Electroplating specifications (“specs”) refer to written sets of standards and recommendations for the specific plating process being completed. Specifications are extremely important, as they allow engineers to clearly and directly communicate their expectations to the plater.