TCI Precision Metals has announced an agreement whereby Fastenal will distribute TCI machine-ready blanks through its more than 2,600 stores, its printed catalog and online.

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TCI Precision Metals has announced an agreement whereby Fastenal will distribute TCI machine-ready blanks through its more than 2,600 stores, its printed catalog and online.

“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,” says TCI Precision President John Belzer. “Customers can order and receive precision-ground, machine-ready blanks the very next day.”

The blanks are available in 6061 aluminum, 304 stainless and 316 stainless. They are ready to be placed directly onto the customer’s machining centers, eliminating time-consuming prep work.  Machine-ready blanks are ground and milled to tolerances of +/- 0.002" all around with consistent flatness, squareness and parallelism. Customers can gain as much as 25 percent in productivity using machine-ready blanks, depending on job specifications, without adding equipment or people, TCI says.

To view the selection of available blanks, visit fastenal.com and click on Products / Raw Materials / Precision & Raw Blanks / Tight Tolerance Blanks.