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Monday, September 1, 2014

TCI and Fastenal Reach Agreement to Deliver Machine-Ready Blanks


TCI’s Precision Machine-Ready Blanks are available at Fastenal retail locations. Credit: TCI.

TCI Precision Metals announced that industrial supply giant Fastenal will distribute TCI Precision Machine-Ready Blanks through its digital and brick-and-mortar retail outlets.

TCI Precision Machine-Ready Blanks are alloy blanks pre-treated to strict tolerance dimensions to hasten machining operations. CNC machining with TCI’s blanks requires no square-up preparation and allows jobs to proceed faster. The blanks are available in 6061 aluminum, 304 stainless steel, and 316 stainless steel. TCI’s blanks are guaranteed within 0.002 in tolerances with regards to flatness, squareness, and parallelism.

The deal allows TCI to reach a wider customer base due to Fastenal’s established reputation, web presence, brand recognition, and 2,566 physical retail locations, according to an announcement from TCI.

“Machine shops and other custom precision manufacturing companies realize cost-saving benefits from using custom Machine-Ready Blanks, especially in terms of decreased cycle times and increased productivity and now Fastenal makes buying them easier than ever,” said John Belzer, TCI president. “Fastenal has a large customer base that has come to rely on quick access to OEM, MRO, and manufacturing parts and supplies. Customers can order and receive precision ground Machine-Ready Blanks the very next day.”

–Brian Lane

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