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Types of Washers Explained

Posted by Hugh Watson | February 15, 2019 | 2 Comments

Washers help distribute the shock load of nuts, bolts, screws, and other threaded fasteners, preventing them from becoming damaged or unscrewed during normal operations. These thin, usually disk-shaped plates come with holes in the middle that allow workers to install the fastener through them. Typically made of metal or plastic materials, washers’ outer diameters are usually twice the size of their inner diameters.

The three main types of washers include:

  • Plain washers
  • Spring washers
  • Locking washers

Here, we describe in detail each washer type as well as some of its applications.

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Knowing When to Use Rivets

Posted by Hugh Watson | March 19, 2018 | 1 Comment

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.

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Benefits and Common Uses: Coil Machines and Lockers

Posted by Hugh Watson | January 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

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.

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5 Reasons You Should Work With Vendor-Managed Inventory Systems

Posted by Hugh Watson | December 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

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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Tropic Fasteners Earns Women Business Enterprise Certification

Posted by Hugh Watson | July 7, 2017 | 4 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 | 7 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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Fasteners Found in Christmas Toys

Posted by Hugh Watson | December 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

When it comes to holiday presents, not everything is as it seems. Popular and seemingly simply toys and gifts often demand the most in-depth planning processes and precise, careful attention to detail. Here is a detailed behind-the-scenes look at the complex fabrication processes of some of the season’s most popular gifts.

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New Strategic Partnership with Prominent Chinese Manufacturer

Posted by Hugh Watson | December 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Assembly Fasteners Inc. (AFI) is a global producer and distributor of industrial components and value-added manufacturing services. With over 30 years of experience and an enormous product line, AFI is committed to providing customers “Quality through Excellence.” Now, AFI is proud to announce the October launch of a strategic partnership with a prominent Asian manufacturer.

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