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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 | 1 Comment

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 | 4 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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Enhancing Workplace Safety with the 5S Methodology

Posted by Chris Clark | May 24, 2016 | 1 Comment

Contributor: Chris Clark, Brady Corporation

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Our Website Redesign Offers a New Resources and Catalog Center

Posted by Hugh Watson | May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

AFI is pleased to announce the launch of our completely redesigned website! After two months of hard work and
 dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch on April 12, 2016. Our goal with this new websiteebooks.png is to provide our visitors with an easier way to learn about AFI’s business and assembly solutions and also allow visitors to browse information based on their own preferences. One of the most important and helpful features of our new site is the revamped online resource center.

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Next Stop, Mars: AFI Becomes a Part of NASA History

Posted by Hugh Watson | April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Curiosity on Mars

Was there ever life on Mars?

On a mission to discover the answer to one of Earth’s most widely-debated questions, NASA sent Curiosity, a state-of-the-art interplanetary rover, to explore the mysterious surface of Mars. Since landing in August 2012, the rover has spent the last few years gathering important data and sending a wealth of rare photographs back to Earth to provide scientists with a closer glimpse of the red planet.

While on its mission, Curiosity is now keeping some interesting company: the Orion spacecraft, complete with a signature chip from Assembly Fasteners, Inc.

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BCG Report Finds Businesses Will Move Operations Back to U.S.

Posted by Hugh Watson | March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

A recent Boston Consulting Group (BCG) survey has found that many businesses are shifting toward bringing manufacturing operations from China back to the United States.

This trend of moving production operations back to the U.S. from overseas is known as reshoring, and it’s expected to cut costs, bring products closer to customers, and restore the autonomy of businesses.

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Screw Points: A Guide to Their Versatile Functionality

Posted by Hugh Watson | March 4, 2016 | 3 Comments

A screw point is a small but essential tool available in a variety of forms and suitable for a range of applications. Useful for providing a transitional point between threads and points as well as ensuring proper hole alignment, screw points offer a plethora of simple but essential benefits.

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