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The AFI Blog Has Moved!

October 19, 2015

We have great news! As of today, we’re retiring this WordPress blog to make way to the newly launched AFI Blog now conveniently found in the AFI website. Bookmark the new blog to stay up-to-date on AFI events, updates, offers, and more! We hope you like the new blog and don’t forget to leave us some feedback to help us continually improve our offerings. Thank you!

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Whether or Not the U.S. Goes Metric, We’re Ready at Assembly Fasteners, Inc.!

April 23, 2015

With its history rooted in the 1700s, the metric system has been a standard measurement system for most of the world for several centuries – except here, in the U.S., and in just a few other places, according to a variety of sources. The History Channel’s website says, “If you’re a scientist, a student or a citizen of any country in the world except for the United States, Myanmar or Liberia, there’s no avoiding the metric system.”

But, times change, and the use of the metric system seems to be on the rise in the United States today – at least, it seems that way in the assembly hardware and contract manufacturing industries. Today’s expanding global markets and growing demand to sell to businesses and industries around the world is what is credited with fostering this increased use of the metric system. Medical, OEM, agriculture, interior design, and many other industries are seeing increased use of metric measurements on a global basis, and here in the U.S.

In fact, some reports say the U.S. may do a full transition to the metric system of measurement in the not-too-distant future, adding that it’s already slowly happening. A report on (It’s time for the U.S. to use the metric system) says, “This [change to the metric system] is already happening to some extent – metric pops up in lots of places in the United States: two-liter bottles of soda, 100-meter races. Some entire industries, such as science and medicine, already use metric.” [Some more history, as an FYI: There was a failed attempt for the U.S. to switch to the metric system in 1975. But the world has changed A LOT during the past 40 years, so maybe the time is right now…]

Whether or not the U.S. goes metric, we’re ready at Assembly Fasteners, Inc.! We’re already offering assembly hardware using metric measurements, and we stock all types of fasteners using metric measurements, including inserts, spacers, standoff, PEM self-clinching hardware. Plus, we heavily stock the more “basic” hardware essentials with metric measurements, including nuts, bolts and screws. See our website for more detailed information about the assembly hardware we carry, or give us a call at 800-488-4777, and we’ll be happy to help you find what you need!

Embrace Today’s Technology for Effective Inventory Management in 2015

March 2, 2015

Recent reports in the media have been recalling the technology advances predicted in the movie “Back to the Future II,” where Marty McFly and Doc Brown take their flying Delorean-car time machine to the future – specifically to the year 2015. (The movie was made in 1989.) The movie’s writers were interviewed by an NBC reporter for the Today Show, and the reporter told the writers, “I have to say, you were dead on with a lot of stuff…” – and they were!

contentonlyIt’s obvious the writers of the movie envisioned a world where everyone was embracing technology to make their lives easier. At Assembly Fasteners, Inc. (AFI), that’s something we’re committed to doing for our customers, as well: Making their lives easier by using the latest technology available for supply chain management to keep the process smooth and easy.

Simply put, AFI is embracing the technology available to us today to help our customers do their jobs. We offer vendor-managed inventory (VMI) systems and customer-managed inventory (CMI) systems that improve and streamline the supply chain process. These VMI and CMI systems also provide our customers with many benefits, including:

  • Overall cost savings
  • Reduced administrative costs
  • Streamlined purchasing process
  • Reduction of stock shortages (which ultimately leads to increased sales)
  • Increased accuracy – with fewer order mistakes and less returned dead inventory.

To ensure that we provide our customers with the best VMI or CMI solutions for their inventory needs, we offer the latest technology available in the industry today: the Assembly Virtual Inventory System (A.V.I.S.) and the Assembly FOB (A-FOB) for accurate inventory management. Here’s how these systems work:

A.V.I.S is cloud-based inventory management software that provides our customers with real-time visibility into remote storeroom inventories. When needed, it automates replenishment. There are many advantages to using this type of system, but overall, A.V.I.S. guarantees that inventory is in stock at exactly the right time — when needed and not before. Customers using A.V.I.S. are realizing up to a 90% reduction in procurement costs through automation, with decreases in shrinkage and overall inventory costs.

Assembly FOB (A-FOB) is an easy-to-use CMI program developed specifically and designed to meet customers’ needs in managing their inventory. With the A-FOB unit, you scan bin items and upload the files to us at AFI. It’s a low-cost solution that simplifies the inventory management process and puts the latest inventory management technology and control in your hands.

The technology of 2015 is here! Today’s technology offers so many advantages to make our lives easier, including making our lives at work in business and industry easier, too. We’d be happy to tell you more about how A.V.I.S. and A-FOB can help your business embrace the latest inventory management technology available today. Reach out to us at any time by calling 800.488.4777.

Assembly Fasteners Hopes to See You Soon at Contract Manufacturing Trade Shows in Dallas, Atlanta or Orlando!

February 10, 2015

In the next few weeks, we’ll be hitting the roads and heading to contract manufacturing tradeshows in Dallas, TX, Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL. And we’re looking forward to the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our customers!

Assembly Fasteners will be attending and exhibiting at the following tradeshows:

  • D2P (Design-2-Part Show) in Dallas, Texas – February 25th and 26th – Look for us in booths #229 and #231. This is the largest contract manufacturing tradeshow in Texas, and it’s a quick drive from our location in Plano, TX.
  • D2P in Atlanta, Georgia – March 25th and 26th – We’ll be exhibiting in booth #109. Like the D2P show in Dallas, this is an opportunity for U.S. manufacturers to meet with U.S.-based suppliers and other contract manufacturers. It’s the largest contract manufacturing tradeshow in the Southeast.
  • AmCon – a Design and Manufacturing Show in Orlando, Florida – April 7th and 8th – Booth #213 will be our home for this contract manufacturing conference. AmCon is promoted as a one-stop source for manufacturing design and production needs, and it’s an opportunity to meet face-to-face with people from job shops and contract manufacturing organizations from the U.S. and Canada.

At each of these tradeshows, we’ll be displaying the products, technology and assembly solutions we provide to the world. We enjoy doing these tradeshows because it allows us the opportunity to talk with customers face-to-face about the products we offer, including the vendor-managed inventory (VMI) systems and customer-managed inventory (CMI) systems A.V.I.S (“Assembly Virtual Inventory System”) and A-FOB (“Assembly FOB”). (For more information about A.V.I.S. and A-FOB right now, check out our previous blog post.)

We’ll also be displaying products from Southco, PEM, Haco and Accuride, so there will be a lot of samples and technology for visitors to our booths to see and learn about at each of the tradeshows. We hope to see you there, too! In the meantime, if you have any questions, call us at 800-488-4777.


Finding the Right Hardware for Medical Applications Can be an Easy Process

January 2, 2015

Every industry has its own specific needs and challenges when it comes to product design. In the medical industry, these challenges usually depend on the individual medical applications, possible regulations and requirements, and the different types of environments where the products will be used.

laptoppFor instance, if they’re working on designing products for a hospital or medical facility, product designers and engineers need to know whether a product will be used in patients’ rooms. Examples of this are the laptop carts you’ll see rolling down the hallways and in and out of the rooms at hospitals. They hold the laptop computers that store patients’ charts and private information. These laptop carts need to be designed in a way that will guarantee that they won’t make noises that might disturb the patients or wake them while they’re sleeping. They need to be designed with quiet – or silent – casters, locks, latches and assembly hardware, like Accuride’s touch-to-close ball bearing slide, which allows a drawer or keyboard to slowly and quietly retract or open when you touch it.

Mounting hardware used for medical applications also has unique ergonomic requirements, such as the need to allow products to be easily adjusted or repositioned. Going back to the laptop carts, here’s an example of what we mean: The height of a medical laptop cart and where the laptop is positioned will need to be adjusted for use by a nurse who’s 6-feet-tall after a doctor who’s 5’2” tall has used it, or vice versa. Southco’s assortment of products and hardware for medical applications – positioning hinges, casters, locks, latches and other assembly hardware – are commonly used for this purpose and for other instances where repositioning is required.

For safety and security purposes within the medical industry, the medical carts and medical supply rooms at hospitals and other facilities need locking mechanisms. That’s a given. They might also require having high-tech control systems in place. Southco offers access-control solutions and all the hardware required for applications that require security and safety in the medical industry, as well as in other industries and business environments.

Ergonomics, ease-of-use, silence, safety and security – there’s a lot to think about when you’re designing products that require hardware for medical applications. Finding the right hardware, exactly what’s needed for medical product designs, can be an easy process when designers and engineers work with one source where you can find everything you’re looking for, including hardware for medical applications and assembly solutions, from different vendors.

At Assembly Fasteners, we are that source – your one source for a full and complete selection of assembly solutions and hardware for medical applications and more. In addition to being known for offering an extensive assortment of superior quality products to our customers, we’re also known for providing exceptional service. And, like we said in our previous blog post, we’ve been doing this for 30 years now. We are your source for assembly solutions and hardware for all industries, including the medical industry. Thanks for reading our blog! We invite you to visit our website for more information, or to give us a call at 800-488-4777.

Celebrating 30 years of excellence

December 1, 2014

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive in our country. New companies open their doors every day. However, companies able to harness that spirit and harmonize it with a strong customer focus are those able to survive in today’s competitive business climate. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary at Assembly Fasteners, Inc. (AFI), we pride ourselves in taking care of the customer by providing the finest products whenever and wherever a need exists.

afiOur product line has grown over the past 30 years. Today, we are an ISO 9001:2008 registered  distributor of hardware including the fasteners, latches, access and motion hardware for industries including kiosks, carts, medical equipment, precision steel fabrication, enclosures and sub-contractors just to name a few.

Meeting the needs of customers is more than providing the right product for the application. It is helping that customer succeed by delivering the product when it is needed. The expansion of independently operated distribution centers in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas help meet the on-time requirements of our customers. These distribution centers while independent all operate according to our policies and procedures. However, each has the flexibility to deliver solutions and innovative ideas required by the customer.

We realize not every customer has the capability to handle bulk deliveries of our products; and this is why we developed our vendor managed inventory program. It allows the customer to focus on its core competencies, while we handle the supply chain.

Finally, longevity in any industry is challenging. It requires a commitment to stay ahead of emerging technologies, while continually anticipating the needs of the customer. We are humbled to reach the 30 year milestone because we know, without quality vendors, committed staff and you, our valued customer, none of this is possible. Thank you and we look forward to serving you for many more years.

Design-2-Part Show Brings Customers and Suppliers Together for Instant Solutions

November 19, 2014

The Design-2-Part show is the largest design and contract manufacturing show in the Southeast. We have been attending this show for years because it is a stress-free and fun way to meet with customers face-to-face and to display our quality products. A trade show offers what the internet can’t: the ability to hold the parts, feel the quality, and discuss needs in a matter of minutes.

This year’s show is being held on Nov 19th and 20th at the State Fair Exposition Center in Raleigh NC.  Showcasing custom and stock parts, components and services from over 300 manufacturing categories makes this the ideal event for engineers and purchasing personnel. This comprehensive show connects potential customers and designers with American job shops, distributors, and contract manufacturers.

As a leading distributor of assembly solutions, we bring all of our knowledge of assembly solutions to help customers find the right solutions for their applications. By talking with one of our representatives customers can learn about new technologies to old problems, e.g., new electronic access solutions, and see how the components could improve their process.  No matter what the application, with our broad range of hardware products, we will have a solution for any problem.

Come and visit us at Booth 132 to get expert advice and explore our traditional, new, and unusual inventory of fasteners, latches, handles, access and motion hardware, slides, assembly hardware, abrasives, adhesives, and more. We offer a complete Vendor Managed Inventory Program to help reduce costs, kitting, and special packaging capabilities to meet any requirements.

If you can’t make it to the show, please contact us directly to learn more about our outstanding products and services.

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