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USA Fastener Group: A One-Stop Fastener Shop
USA Fastener Group, Inc. (USAFG) is known as a premier manufacturer of fasteners with industry-leading certifications. Less known, perhaps, is the company's complementary role as a supplier of parts and materials. This can come into play as an excellent strategy for avoiding the hidden costs frequently associated with the use of multiple vendors.
This is well illustrated by the stories of some of USA Fastener's customers.
For instance, a customer in the industrial space had been doing business with USAFG for many years, regularly buying two specific parts for an eight-part assembly. One day one of USAFG's reps visited the operation and was struck to learn that the customer was actually sourcing those eight parts from four different vendors. On the advice of the rep, the customer decided to give USAFG a try as a "one-stop" supplier-leading to savings of both time and money. In addition to getting a better price on the parts, the customer was able to avoid the hassle of cutting a purchase order for several companies, coordinating multiple delivery windows and so on.
Another customer, a maker of ball valves for use in severe applications, had been using USAFG stock items. Faced with the need to engineer new parts, the company turned to USAFG for a quote on base materials-in this case, a nickel-stainless steel alloy appropriate for the corrosion resistance needed. By bringing in USAFG at the beginning, the customer was able to streamline its manufacturing process and reduce the number of vendors used.
Working directly to serve the needs of its customers, USAFG specializes in the production of small-volume, quick-turnaround parts that conform to customer specs. Available parts include a wide variety of nuts, bolts and studs. USAFG also has an on-site hot forging department that can cost-effectively produce fasteners of unusual sizes. When necessary, parts can also be sourced from another company owned by USAFG's parent, MW Industries-a world leader in the manufacture of industrial springs, fasteners and metal components. And the company's relationship with local suppliers translates to a wide selection of available part coatings and platings.
As for materials, USAFG stocks a wide selection-including alloy, carbon and stainless steel; copper and nickel alloys; and exotics such as titanium and zirconium. Additional materials are available upon request.
USA Fastener Group, Inc. is clearly much more than a leading fastener manufacturer. Dedicated to providing quality parts and materials for a variety of industries, USAFG is truly a "one-stop shop" that can address just about any customer need. To learn more, visit http://www.usafgrp.c
USA Fastener Brings Industry-Leading Certifications to the Oil and Gas Industries
USA Fastener Group, Inc. (USAFG), serves the industrial and fastener industries with over 400 years of combined sales experience, stable financial backing and a commitment toward continued growth. Established in 2002 and based in Houston, Texas, the USAFG team is comprised of individuals with experience serving customers in a variety of industries, including the oil and natural gas industries.
One of the primary ways USAFG sets itself apart from its competition is through its industry certifications. The certifications that USAFG currently has or is in pursuit of include ISO, PED and triple API certifications. Below is a closer look at each.
ISO certification: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a well-known global network of over 160 national standards groups. Its ISO 9001 standard is a quality management system focused on ensuring that a business delivers consistent quality to its customers. Certification requires well-defined and regularly-reviewed processes and procedures based around business principles such as customer focus, mutually beneficial supplier relationships and continual improvement. The standard creates a more efficient and effective operation, with increased productivity, reduced waste and a higher level of customer satisfaction. USAFG attained ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2013 (Certification Number 48152), and has leveraged its ISO status toward the attainment of two additional certifications that are not commonly found in the American oil and gas industries.
PED certification: The Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) certification originated as a way to streamline the manufacture and sale of pressure equipment throughout the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA). The certification has begun to migrate to the U.S. as a result of American companies doing subsea work on European facilities. USAFG is one of a tiny handful of companies nationwide with this certification that dictates tighter mechanical requirements and stipulates that all raw materials used or sourced come from a PED-certified mill. Due to this stipulation and the fact that there are so few PED-certified mills in the United States, USAFG makes many of the parts in-house. ISO 9001 certification is a prerequisite of certification under the PED; USAFG has held PED certification for the past three years.
API certification: The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the national trade organization representing all facets of the oil and gas industries, maintaining numerous standards and recommended practices focused on sound engineering, operational safety and environmental protection. USAFG is pursuing certification under three API standards: Spec Q1, which incorporates a risk management-based approach to the quality management systems of oil and gas manufacturing organizations; Spec 20E, which addresses alloy and carbon steel bolting requirements; and Spec 20F, which establishes requirements for corrosion-resistant bolting. ISO 9001:2015 certification, a newer standard that gives increased importance to risk, is a prerequisite of receiving these API certifications. The more stringent regulatory environment established in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 has increased the adoption of API standards, but USAFG's pursuit of these certifications remains a rarity in the industry. USAFG expects to be API-certified by the end of 2017.
These certifications demonstrate that USAFG is steadfast in both its commitment to its customers and dedication toward constant improvement. Continually evaluating operations to meet market demands, the company is well-poised to maintain its status as an industry leader for many years to come.
Learn more about USAFG by visiting their website: www.usafgrp.com.
USA Fastener Group, Inc.
Established in 2002, USA Fastener Group, Inc. has established itself as a recognized leader in the Fastener Industry. With well over 100 plus years of combined sales experience, stable financial backing, and the commitment towards continued growth, USAFG remains dedicated to providing the highest quality customer service and support to existing and future customers. Located in Houston Texas, with nearly 100,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehousing space, USAFG has positioned itself to provide customers with quality products in a timely and efficient manner. Manufacturing capabilities include but are not limited to
- CNC Machining
- CNC Milling
- Engine Lathe Machining
- Tapping (Tapping oversize for Coatings and Galvanizing)
- Sawing (up to 14" in diameter, with bundling capabilities)
- Threading (Cut Thread and Roll Thread Capabilities)
- HOT Forging (Hex Bolts/Nuts/12Pts./ Flange Bolts/ Sockets to name a few)
Being located in a large industrialized city does have its advantages. In addition to the extensive line of manufacturing capabilities, USAFG also offers to its customers a wide variety of coatings and platings. Some of these include PTFE coating (Xylan®, Fluorokote1®, SC1®, and Sermagard®), zinc plating, cad plating, hot-dipped and mechanical galvanizing, Dacromet® and others.
One of the many benefits USAFG offers to all of its customers is an emergency callout program. A representative with the company can be reached 24/7 in any given moment. This service provides customers the assurance that USAFG is always there when needed. No matter how large or small the emergency may be, USAFG's dedicated employees are eager to assist.
While constantly analyzing and adapting to today's economy, USAFG remains focused on the task at hand; supporting current and future growth. In taking the next step forward, USAFG has created new jobs within the company. Additional office support (clerical and accounting), inside sales support, outside sales, engineering/ QA support, warehousing (shipping/receiving)
In conjunction with our approved suppliers, domestic and abroad, USAFG has developed an improved inventory control system and logistics planning program that remain key in meeting customer's demands for on-time deliveries. Direct Mill shipments of raw product are another key benefit. These type of shipments aide in securing USAFG's competitive position in this ever changing market and economy.
Expanded marketing strategies, including nationwide sales efforts, education, trade shows, and involvement in local associations will keep USAFG in touch with the fastener industry and its surroundings. USAFG's commitment to future growth, including a new website (coming soon) is one of many ways USAFG intends to keep our customers informed of its growth within the industry.
As a company, USAFG remains steadfast in its pursuit as an industry leader. One such commitment includes adopting ISO 9001:2008 standards. Feel free to contact one of our ISO Management Team members for more details. With a bright future ahead, USA Fastener Group, Inc. shall always create and maintain a loyal commitment to customers while constantly looking for methods of improvement. In doing so, USA Fastener Group, Inc. is dedicated to providing its customers with the highest quality products, customer service, and on-time delivery.