Breadth of products
AFI is always striving to lower customer costs with better fastening solutions, and, as new specialty fastener lines are developed, we are often the first distributor in the New England region invited to distribute these lines.
Commitment to quality
Members of our management team have been extensively involved with quality control issues, receiving congressional appointments to the NIST Advisory Committee for PL 101-592 (the Fastener Quality Act). All of our products and procedures are in compliance with the provisions of this federal legislation.
In addition, both of AFI's founders are past presidents of the National and the New England fastener distributor associations, and key AFI personnel have regularly represented the fastener industry at ASTM, ASME, ANSI and ANMC.
In order to manage these approaches, we use a variety of tools, including:
Our focus on inventory management systems can be traced to the development of our Assured Inventory Program in 1960. We were the first New England fastener distributor to provide instant, online computer tracking of our entire inventory. We augment this with our own in-house automatic packaging equipment. Our current "best of breed" computer system represents state-of-the-art hardware, software and quality controls.
One of the keys to AFI's success has been our proven "Just-In-Time" (JIT) systems experience. These systems consistently bring significant time and cost savings to facilities that incorporate them, while maintaining full availability of product for production needs. We believe the key is to design simple, easy-to-run processes that work well in a moderately controlled fastener stock location. We analyze product use, suggest economic order quantities and reorder points, and implement the entire process.
Currently, our most popular JIT delivery systems are:
Both delivery systems help streamline the reordering process, eliminating stock-outs and excessive inventory buildup. Plus, AFI personnel work with you to tailor operations to your company's specific technological capabilities. All audits and transmissions to AFI can be as simple as a visual count and faxed status report or automated with a bar-code reader and modem or email transfer.
Meeting special customer requirements is standard operating procedure
at Accurate Fasteners. With our automatic packaging equipment as a
resource, we are able to meet special needs as they arise. Requirements
ranging from assembly kits containing fastener items to 'in-field'
repair kits with a large variety of hardware parts are routinely met
by our Kit Department.
If an item has an expiration date, like an adhesive or an adhesive-backed bumper, a lot expiration date is also provided.
Our equipment and systems are automatically set up to also provide the following 'Customer Information' on each package delivered:
We can design specialized product labels or even Bin Labels for use in stocking areas.