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  1. Why Switch to a Vendor Managed Inventory?

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    Vendor Managed Inventory system with Fast-Rite International

    The difference between success and failure in today’s industrial environment is dependent on an efficient inventory system. According to our customer service team, one of the most upsetting things for customers to hear is that their parts are out of stock, especially if it is caused by an unavailable C-class component. This is a frustrating experience for the users and for the organization. 

    But simply stock-piling safety stock to ensure that you will always have each product is inefficient and creates a great deal of unnecessary and excess cost.

    The solution to this problem can be as simple as a VMI. A Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) system from Fast-Rite can consistently and efficiently manage your C-Class inventory.

    Fast-Rite International provides a multitude of solutions and various combinations of Consignment, Bin, JIT, Kanban/E-Kanban inventory management systems to suit the exact needs of each customer.

    Benefits of implementing a VMI system:

    • Drastic reduction of soft costs and offload transaction activities.
    • Reduction of your inventory dollars.
    • Reduction in stock investment when stock turnover is increased.
    • Shorter lead times due to more efficient inventory storage and replenishment.
    • Freeing up your purchasing department to focus on more critical “A” and “B” items.
      • Fast-Rite is capable of planning, ordering, receiving, put-away and stock pulls for you!


    Let Fast-Rite’s VMI team do the work for you!

    To schedule a site and needs analysis, contact us at sales@fast-rite.com today!

  2. 3 Reasons to Choose Brass Fittings & Ball Valves

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    Fast-Rite has a complete line of Brass Fittings, Ball Valves and other components.


    Adapters and Fittings

    Fast-Rite stocks a complete line of Brass Adapters and Fittings. Choose from Brass Hose Barbs; Brass SAE 45°, Compression, Pipe, and Inverted Flare Adapters; Poly-Flow and Poly-Push Fittings; D.O.T. Air Brake Fittings; and Garden Hose Fittings.

    Needle Valves, Drain Cocks, and Ball Valves

    For flow-control, Fast-Rite has a full-range of needle valves, drain cocks, and ball valves for a wide variety of industrial applications.

    Ball valves are available in standard full-port and chrome-plated “mini” designs.

    Full-port designs come in sizes from 1/4″ – 4″ and meet requirements for a full range of liquids, have plated carbon steel handle with blue vinyl insulator, large, full-size ports, NPTF threads, quick 1/4-turn handle, and a low operating torque.

    Mini Ball Valves are chrome-plated and come in sizes from 1/8″ – 1/2″ with pressure ratings to 600 PSI.


    Our Brass Fittings are made from CA360 Brass/Schedule 40, which makes them corrosion resistant and perfect for all air/water and lower-pressure hydraulic applications such as refrigeration, pneumatic, hydraulic, automotive, and industrial applications.


    Our suppliers have the largest inventories in the industry, with the broadest selection of standard and jump sizes. Trust Fast-Rite to deliver, order after order.
    • Air Brake Fittings
    • Ball Valves
    • Compression Adapters
    • Drain Cocks
    • Garden Hose Fittings
    • Hose Barb Fittings
    • Inverted Flare Adapters
    • Needle Valves
    • Pipe Adapters
    • Poly-Flow Fittings
    • Poly Push Fittings
    • Push-In D.O.T. Fittings
    • Push-On Hose Barb Fittings
    • SAE 45° Adapters


    Contact Us

    We specialize in giving OEMs the best industrial components in today’s market. From fittings and valves to stampings and fasteners. Schedule a free consultation today to find out why we are The OEM Optimizer™.

  3. Shedding Some Light on Industrial Productivity

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    If I told you that you could…

    • Increase worker productivity 5 – 15%.
    • Reduce Absenteeism 40%
    • Reduce energy consumption drastically
    • Improve safety
    • Improve moral
    • Have this all pay for itself in as low as a year
    • Present dozens of documented examples of how it’s already been done

    Would I have your interest?

    There’s a tried-and-true simple way to do this, that’s currently in use by Coca-Cola, Lockheed, Office Depot and many other companies throughout the US. And it can work for your company too:

    In my position as Productivity Manager for Fast-Rite, I often survey customer plants all over North America to identify bottlenecks, inefficiencies, safety issues, and to bring solutions to the table that will resolve these problems and increase customer productivity. And one of the most obvious problems we’ll see is poor lighting, even dangerously poor lighting.

    I remember being in an expansive heavy manufacturing facility, walking around a dimly lit corner when a forklift came barreling around. Now I heard the truck coming, but I’m not sure the driver even saw me. When reviewing our survey with management I asked them how many days since the last injury. They laughed. “Days? Hours, maybe”. It was a dangerous environment.

    And it was a depressing environment to work in. The light level was more attuned to a Massage Envy than an industrial powerhouse. Absenteeism was rampant, turnover was high – despite wages far above the local norm. People just didn’t enjoy working there.

    But for many cases, there’s a simple, powerful, effective, and cost-effective solution. Just walk out the door and look up. We have an incredible source of light only 93,000,000 miles away, and it’s free, not taxed (well, not yet), and now we have ways to reap that light and bring it inside cost effectively.

    Just a few examples:

    Fort Bliss Army Base in El Paso Texas installed Orion Energy System’s Apollo ® Solar Energy tubes in 8 buildings on the base. Rather than pay for power, they’ll save about $63,000 a year, or over $1.2 million over 20 years.

    Now you say, “that’s in Texas, but we’re up north”. Consider the case of Festival Foods new 70,000 square foot store all the way up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Even without the sun-drenched environment their 172 daylighting tubes totally light the facility up to 10 hours a day, and they expect a full payback in 7-8 years. This especially came in handy during a local power outage, when shoppers kept shopping without even noticing the power outage because the store was so brightly lit.
    (Let me mention that I was so enthused about the Orion Solar Energy tubes that I own stock in the company).

    Whether Orion or Solatube or another brand, Daylighting is a natural lighting situation that brightens employee morale even more than it does the environment. It’s much easier to be productive in a bright, natural environment.

    There are hundreds of examples, but let me just give you a few:




  4. Looking for Welding Supplies?

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    Give us a call!
    Fast-Rite introduces its Welding Genius and Genius (TM) supply programs, featuring all major brands of Mig, Tig, Arc & Gas welding consumables, equipment and safety supplies.
    And watch out for our new MRO Genius and Welding Genius web sites coming soon!

  5. Having Trouble Finding Hydraulic Fittings?

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    Fast-Rite has a full line of JIC, SAE and BSP Hydraulic Fittings – domestic or import

    Supplies are scarce! Some major manufacturers are facing line shutdowns and supply failure because of material and power shortages overseas, and empty distribution pipelines here in the states. That’s why Fast-Rite International is pleased to announce its full line of JIC, SAE & BSP hydraulic fittings.

    We are an authorized distributor for Tompkins Industries. But we have not one but 8 different supply lines! We can take the work out of sourcing parts for you!

    Most fittings are made offshore now, but do you need Made-In-America parts? Our partner factories can produce American-Made DFARS compliant product for you, shaving many weeks off the procurement cycle.

    Why put all your eggs in one basket only to see your suppliers fail. Give Fast-Rite a call with the part numbers you need. We’ll source all lines and be back quickly with your quotation. In most cases we can supply you with MULTIPLE options based on current supply levels and production capacity.

    Contact your Account Executive, call our Customer Service Team at 630-858-0988, or email us at fittings@fast-rite.com.

  6. Fast-Rite Now Your Source for Cable Tie Express!

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    Fast-Rite is pleased to announce that it is now part of the Cable Tie Express distribution network. A wide variety of wire management items is now available to us from Cable Tie Express, including standard and specialty cable ties, heat shrink tubing, mounting bases, wire connectors and cable clamps. These products certainly enable Fast-Rite to assist customers in meeting their requirements with high quality ISO manufactured products and providing thorough and quick answers to product or application questions they have.

    Fast-Rite stands by the Cable Tie Express tagline – “tying service to quality” – in its offering of these wire management products to our customers. Visit www.fast-rite.com or feel free to contact us for more information.


  7. Fast-Rite Adds New PSM Product Line!

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    Fast-Rite is pleased to announce we are now an authorized distributor for PSM International.

    A Best-In-Class World leader since 1931 in the manufacture of CLINCH NUTS, CLINCH STUDS, STANDOFFS, AND INSERTS FOR PLASTICS, PSM is a global company offering advanced capabilities with manufacturing, R&D, and distribution operations in 23 countries around the world.

    PSM International designs, manufactures and distributes special engineered fasteners, inserts for plastics, sheet metal fasteners, and direct screw fixings to global manufacturing sectors including computers, datacom, electronics, aerospace, automotive, medical, white goods, power generation, and general manufacturing.

    Fast-Rite’s partnership with PSM offers our customers core competencies of
    Technical capabilitiesindustry application, and project management along with expert inventory management, inventory planning, and delivery.  We cooperate with our customers early in the design phase and provide a full range of fastening solutions throughout the product life cycle – from design conception and prototyping through product launch and general production. It is our mission to help customers in producing time-to-market products with cost-efficient and high-quality fastening solutions – which we can do.  Customers switching to PSM for their clinch and insert products typically enjoy considerable savings and receive not an “equivalent” but the exact same product that they have been paying much more for.

    PSM Product users are veritable who’s who in the world industrial scene. they’re specified into prints for names like Dell, HP, NEC, Seagate, Sony, Toshiba Garmin, GE, Intermec, Viewsonic and more. Automotive heavyweights BMW, Daewoo, Ford, GM, Toyota, Volkswagen and much more.

    For more information contact your sales representative at 630-858-0988.

  8. Make Your Construction Projects Much Easier!

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    Fast-Rite is pleased to announce that we are now a proud distributor of Phillips Square-Driv® Wood and Composite Screws. These specialty screws are available for all our valued customers. 

    These screws were developed to prevent the common woodworking problems of stripping, rusting, or a weak hold. The Phillips Square Driv® with Anti-Camout Ribs is a screw that just won’t strip. Coated with Durafast coating, this screw won’t rust or stain the wood – Guaranteed! And with the screw’s patented design that places more steel under the head at the torque point, it creates a stronger screw, and therefore a stronger hold to better support your projects.

    These screws are manufactured under ISO9001 Quality Control monitoring and have the best warranty in the industry.

    Fast-Rite International is proud to be a distributor of the Phillips Square-Driv® wood and composite screws. We at Fast-Rite are dedicated to constantly improving our service and we believe that adding these quality products will help us reach that goal.

    Contact your Account Manager at 630-858-0988.

  9. Salt-Spray Testing

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    In House Corrosion Test

    As part of a continuing effort to enhance Fast-Rite’s in-house quality control lab, Director of Quality and Engineering Mark Jacobs recently announced the arrival of our new ASTM B117 Certified Salt-Spray Testing Chamber.

    Often fasteners, stampings, and fittings are the “forgotten part” of an assembly. They’re typically the smallest part of the cost of the final project. But not if they develop corrosion out in the field! Now the corrosion might just be cosmetic, but if you’re selling a million-dollar piece of machinery such as a heavy-duty construction crane, you can bet the buyer wants to see those fasteners gleaming in the sun for years to come, not covered with rust.

    How can you have confidence that corrosion will not develop?

    It’s simple. To quantify the corrosion resistance of a material, it is common practice to submit the material to harsher environments than normally encountered in service, hoping to accelerate the damage.

    Salt-Spray chambers are universally accepted as the best tool for this job. It’s possible to subject parts to a 500 or 1000 our salt spray test that creates a very harsh environment. If the parts survive this test without corrosion, it’s an excellent indicator that the corrosion resistance will give a long service life in the field.

    Most distributors don’t have such equipment in house, so they either can’t provide documented testing results or else must send the parts out to an accredited third-party lab, which drives up both testing time and costs, which of course are passed back to the customer. But with in-house equipment and capacity, Fast-Rite can circumvent those delays and provide accurate, reliable test data cost-effectively to our customers.

     Need some failure analysis? Testing on your components? Contact us today.