Key Fasteners Solutions

Vending Machine Technology

High Technology vending machines which store, monitor and dispense fasteners and consumables to individual team members which is a significant benefit to customers. The combination of Key Fasteners’ quality control and supply chain processes and the innovative vending cabinets with cloud based software provide a unique service that provides tangible efficiency improvements.

Kitting of Parts

Key Fasteners specialise in kitting solutions where a mix of fasteners and consumables can be supplied in one kit (bagged, boxed or shrink wrapped). Sub-assemblies of parts can also be supplied as kits. This reduces the time spent by your staff in procurement, stores and assembly. By working closely with our customers to provide tailor made solutions, the amount of operational downtime is minimised, as is the risk of overstocking components.

Fully Traceable Components

All products are fully traceable to source of supply and the company’s processes are audited by several customers to a safety critical level. When combined with state of the art, cloud based vending machines real time traceability from steel mill to vehicle of the components to each member of the production teams is possible. The documentation provided by Key Fasteners also speeds up the goods receipt process at customer’s premises.

On-site Support

Key Fasteners has a number of site support staff who deliver and stock manage the components on behalf of the customer using Kanbans and line-side stock bins. Regular reviews with the customer’s procurement and technical teams can identify better value or improved performance products to ensure the best combination of components are supplied.

Free Site Survey

Key Fasteners offers a free site survey and product identification service together with a supply chain review to assess any procurement issues and how these could be resolved including supplier rationalisation, where appropriate.

Bar Coded Stock Bins

Traditional supply methods where consumables are stored in bar coded stock cabinets and fasteners in bin systems can be provided.

High Value Item Management

Innovative vending solutions also allows management of high value items where the cabinet can be programmed to send an e-mail to a supervisor when an item (e.g. a calibrated tool) has not been returned within a specific time, detailing who last took the item from the vending machine. This system also works well with calibrated tools as the cabinet software can set the number of hours before recalibration is required, eliminating the need for separate paper records.

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" Key Rail suggested supplying all the parts needed for our bearing change project in kit form. Over thirty parts are pre-packed by Key Rail and delivered direct to site. Our fitters have all the parts they need to do the job right there. We have not had to set up stores, pick product or issue it, saving us time and money. "

Stores and services manager, South Eastern

" Bombardier has a long standing relationship with Key Rail. Our most recent, innovative project with Key Rail has been the supply of CCTV and Passenger Information Systems for 465 units. Bombardier orders the stock but it is delivered direct to Key Rail who then prepare kits and deliver them to site. We know Key rail are reliable and will deliver the right product on time. "

Commodity buyer, Bombardier

" Key has worked with us over the last year to develop a solution to our anti-graffiti film issues. They have set up a reliable process to assure the cost effective supply of all the pre cut film for our 455 and 458 units. This has enabled us to reduce overheads and put into effect more stringent controls and accountability procedures. "

Materials Manager, South West

" J. Lanfranco have been supplying slotted locknuts for use in the most extreme service conditions for 35 years. However, there has been a resistance to change within the rail industry and specified nuts have been insisted upon. When a particular specified nut was simply unavailable, Key Rail took the initiative and offered our ESL nuts as the perfect alternative for Bombardier. This "can do" approach solved a real problem. "

President, J. Lanfranco

" 3M has enjoyed a great working relationship with Key Rail for eight years now. When a train operator had an issue with leaking cabs on their 455 fleet I had no hesitation in recommending Key Rail to supply 3M product to solve the problem. "

Market Development Manager, 3M

" As discussed today, I asked my team to give me some feedback with regards to the twin systems we have in place, and also other ad hoc demands we have. Here are the comments I received. The transfer of 2bin supply from Anixter was very slick. No issues at all, very easy to deal with. The only feedback I have is positive, Key are always happy to help and do anything they can to assist me with any issues I have. "

Project Materials Manager, LSER Electrostar
Key Fasteners

Key Fasteners is a Unipart Rail Company since being acquired in 2017. By being part of Unipart Rail our customers benefit from an increase in the range of products and services that we offer to existing and new customers in the UK and internationally to strengthen our market position and reputation.