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5 Reasons You Should Work With Vendor-Managed Inventory Systems

Posted by Hugh Watson | December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Basics of a Nylon Fastener

Posted by Hugh Watson | November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Tropic Fasteners Earns Women Business Enterprise Certification

Posted by Hugh Watson | July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

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).

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Fastener Solutions to Save Your Bottom Line

Posted by Hugh Watson | June 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Assembly Solutions for Sheet Metal Fabrication

Posted by Hugh Watson | February 17, 2017 | 3 Comments

Sheet Metal Fabtication Southco.jpgThrough 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.

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AFI to Attend Upcoming D2P and AmCon Tradeshows

Posted by Hugh Watson | February 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

About the Tradeshows

AFI is pleased to announce that we’ll be attending two exciting tradeshows this winter — two Design2Part (D2P) afi_d2p.jpg
Shows and the AmCon Design & Contract Manufacturing Expo.

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AFI Announces New Tennessee Warehouse Opening

Posted by Hugh Watson | January 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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The Importance of Specifications in Electroplating

Posted by Elliot Blackwelder & Kristin Lauer, Seminole Metal Finishing Inc. | October 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

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CMI vs. VMI: Custom Inventory Management Programs

Posted by Hugh Watson | August 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory) and CMI (Customer Managed Inventory), two of the most innovative supply chain programs in the industry, are both supported by wireless technology and the assurance that the proper parts remain stocked at all times. Determining which program is best for your needs depends on the stocking approach you want your business to take.

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Pyramex Eye Protection

Posted by The Pyramex Safety Products Team. | June 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Eye protection is a crucial element of personal protective equipment and ensures strong protection. Not wearing proper eye protection during a job can put a worker at risk for an eye injury caused by small particles such as wood chips, metal slivers, nails, or staples, which are common in manufacturing facilities.

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