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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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Introducing AVIS

Posted by Hugh Watson | January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Assembly Fasteners Inc. (AFI) has over 30 years of experience and customer satisfaction with our VMI software solutions. Now, AFI is proud to introduce the latest addition to its VMI offering, a smart, weight-based inventory system called AVIS – Assembly Virtual Inventory System.

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Is VMI Right for Me?

Posted by Hugh Watson | January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

What is VMI?

VMI, or vendor managed inventory, refers to the process in which a vendor (supplier) manages inventory for a manufacturer. VMI promotes a leaner supply chain in which the supplier maintains a predetermined safety stock to prevent stock outages. Whenever the inventory reaches the threshold level, re-supply is done by the vendor through regularly scheduled reviews of the on-site inventory. The vendor closely monitors these changes and determines when to generate new orders for replenishment.

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