FAST 5000 & FAST 3000 Industrial Vending
Apex Industrial Vending Technology
Welcome to World's Fastest Growing Industrial Vending System
The FAST 5000SM is being utilized by thousands of customers to reduce consumption, inventory and downtime. It can be customized to control and track a vast range of Fastenal-supplied products, including mission-critical, high-cost and high-usage consumables (e.g., safety glasses, gloves, tapes, batteries and lubricants, to name a few). The FAST 3000SM offers the same functionality, but with a smaller footprint. Each model can function as a stand-alone solution or be equipped with our locker systems to control access to larger products (tools, hard hats, aerosol cans, etc.) and manage the check out and return of repetitive-use items. Learn about the FAST 5000SM and FAST 3000SM features and specifications as well as the Industries and Products associated with these solutions.
Industrial Vending Helps the Planet - One Dispense at a Time
Those blue vending machines popping up in manufacturing and distribution facilities across North America are more than meet the eye – they’re also green. Behind that blue exterior are countless ways that Fastenal’s FAST 5000 solution is eliminating waste and redundancy while reducing the use of raw materials, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a lean, green solution from beginning to end. Learn more about Environmental Benefits.
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Why FAST Solutions
Low Program Costs - Your local Fastenal store provides and manages the machine. Your only program cost is a low annual software hosting fee.
A Turnkey Solution - Fastenal handles everything from machine delivery and installation to product packaging and re-stocking, removing these burdens and costs from your organization.
Flexible Web Reporting - Use our secure reporting website to manage your machine's settings and view real-time inventory and usage data. You can also schedule automated reports to colleagues and receive automated text/email alerts to stay on top of any activities you need to know about.
Easy Installation and Operation - All you need to get up and running are a 110V outlet and an open Internet connection. Requires minimal effort from your IT personnel.
Available in Any Color You Want...as Long as It's Blue - And that's important, because the bright blue paint job means the machine is backed by great people and products at your local Fastenal store. Bottom line: Your machine will always be filled with the right products, and help is always right around the corner ... literally.
Cost Savings Opportunities
Reduce Consumption and Spending - You can set controls so that workers only have access to products (and amounts) needed for the job. Usage can be tracked by individual employee, as well as department, job number, cost center, location - up to six levels of user-generated information. As a result of this control and visibility, many Fastenal customers have been able to cut consumption by 30 percent or more.
Improve Productivity - Product is always immediately available to workers, meaning no stock-outs, no need to track down supervisors for needed supplies, and fewer trips back and forth to centralized storage areas. In turn, crib personnel spend less time "standing and handing," and more time on value-adding activities.
Eliminate Processing/Administrative Costs - When stock runs low, an automated replenishment notification is sent to your nearby Fastenal store, eliminating stock-outs, paperwork and costly rush orders.
Consolidate Vendors - As an efficient single source for millions of available parts, Fastenal can supply virtually any OEM, MRO and Construction product need with a single consolidated invoice, making your job easier and your business more efficient.
Reduce Labor Costs - Fastenal's industrial vending program provides controlled access to inventory 24/7/365, eliminating the need for off-shift/weekend crib labor. Your local Fastenal store handles inventory acquisition, receiving and re-stocking, freeing you from these burdens and costs.
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Know What You Need to Know About Every Transaction
Fastenal's industrial vending program supports 24/7 web-based inventory management. Simply log in to our secure reporting website - anytime, anywhere - to manage your machine's settings and view accurate, real-time inventory and usage information.
Flexible Access Controls - Create rules so that only individuals within a particular group can access specified items, with volume limits over time. (For example, you could apply a rule that everyone in the production department can only dispense one pair of gloves per week.)
In-Depth Usage Tracking - Product is accessed via ID badge or key code, providing usage tracking down to the individual worker. You can also prompt users to input up to six levels of data (e.g., group, work cell, job, cost center, etc.), enabling you to track costs accordingly. View usage during specified time periods or comparative usage over time.
Automated Reports - Schedule reports to be sent automatically to specified individuals via email. Our automated reports are scalable from bin level, to department level, to plant level, to enterprise level.
Automated Ordering - When stock falls below the established minimum level, the system automatically sends a notification to your servicing Fastenal store. Your Fastenal representative then comes to your site and refills the machine, eliminating P.O.s and stock-out situations.
Automated Alerts - Instantly receive emails or text messages keeping you apprised of any activities YOU want know about, whether that's a first-aid item being dispensed, a machine malfunction, or a sudden change in usage patterns.
Easy Data Exports - You can export data to ERP, WM, CMMS, CRM Tool Management or to Excel worksheets. Exports as CSV, PDF or XML.
Technologies and System Requirements for the FAST SolutionsSM Vending Machines
Fastenal's industrial vending machines are Internet appliances that integrate the best available vending technology and secure Internet technology. To operate, they only require a 110V AC power connection and an ethernet connection. They use an embedded operating system on the controller board and do not require any software installation. They can be installed inside a company local area network behind the firewall or anywhere that has a connection to the Internet. FAST machines communicate to a remote web server via port 80 or port 8576 requests. The communication from a FAST machine to the web server is designed to be outbound only. Machines, devices, or computers cannot establish a connection to FAST Solutions directly. The machines use either static IP or DHCP clients.
Typical Deployment of a FAST Solutions Machine Behind the Firewall
Fastenal's Industrial Vending Machines Communicate with the Web Server Through a Secured Tunnel
The machines communicate with the web server over TCP/IP through a secured data tunnel. All transactions between the machine and the web server are encrypted. When a machine is connected with the Internet, the machine will automatically register itself to the web server. The machine will not be allowed to handle transactions until it is provisioned by an authorized administrator from the web site using a special tool. The web server will establish a unique identity for each machine. All vending transactions are logged in a SQL database. Each machine will check in with the web server every 30 minutes to report that it is still operating correctly. Each transaction generated by the machine is approximately 2kb. The network traffic generated by the machines is relatively small and should not interfere the performance of a local area network.
When you think of industrial vending, you probably think of a vending machine. But what really sets Fastenal's industrial vending program apart is the "Machine BEHIND the Machine" - all of the support Fastenal provides to eliminate costs, delays and hassles for your business. That includes:
Our Local Sales Force - Product and service are right around the corner at the nearest of 2,500+ Fastenal stores. Your dedicated Fastenal rep keeps the machine filled and is RIGHT THERE to offer suggestions for improvement and handle any issues.
Regional Sales Support - Our fleet of display vans allows us to bring the machines and trained FAST Specialists to your doorstep for hands-on demos and in-depth Q&A.
Regional Tech Centers - Fastenal operates regional FAST Technology Centers across North America to provide local machine configuration, delivery, installation, training, product testing and ongoing service and support. The close relationship between the Tech Center and your servicing Fastenal store eliminates conflicts and barriers, resulting in a fast, seamless transition from signed contract to full implementation.
National Distribution & Transportation - Your industrial vending machine is backed by Fastenal's world-class distribution system: 2,500+ local stores, serviced by 14 regional distribution centers, moving millions of products, from thousands of quality-certified suppliers, on nearly 6,000 company-owned delivery vehicles - ALL working to provide the right products, right when and where they're needed.
National Hardware & Software Call Center - Need immediate technical support? Our experienced technicians are on call to answer your questions and walk you through any hardware or software issues. (Our Call Center operates during normal business hours. Emergency service is available through your local Fastenal store.)
Demos At Your Door Step
Utilizing our fleet of display vehicles, a trained FAST Specialist can bring the technology to your doorstep for a hands-on demonstration and in-depth Q&A. Do you want to get your hands on the machines and bring other company leaders into the decision-making process? All you have to do is step outside to the parking lot. Fill out the form below to schedule a free on-site demo today!