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TCI's Blanks Now Available at OnlineMetals.com

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TCI Precision Metals' ready-to-ship, machine-ready blanks are now available to order directly through OnlineMetals.com, the world’s leading e-commerce metal and plastics supplier. The move provides OnlineMetals’ customers the option to go beyond saw-cut materials and order pre-machined blanks made to close tolerance specifications.
 
“Ready-to-ship blanks help shops shorten setup time, reduce scrap and increase overall throughput by up to 25 percent by eliminating material prep. Blanks arrive machine-ready for production and are ideal for short-run production machining, tooling and prototype applications,” said Ben Belzer, president and CEO of TCI Precision Metals, Gardena, Calif.
 
Precision blanks eliminate the need for in-house sawing, grinding, flattening, squaring operations and outside processing. Blanks are consistent, part-to-part, which reduces setup time, and in the case of flat blanks, the production process alleviates residual stress in the material which results in reduced part movement during finish machining. Each blank is deburred, cleaned, and individually packaged to avoid damage during shipping. Ready-to-ship blanks arrive square, flat and parallel within plus/minus .002 inches of specified dimensions.
 
“At Online Metals we specialize in cut-to-size, small to medium quantity orders, shipped direct to any location. Ready-to-ship blanks provide that extra processing and value that lets customers order materials that arrive ready to go directly from receiving to machining. Customers can use the time they previously spent in setup and prep for more productive use of CNC machining centers,” said Matt Holzhauer, marketplace manager at OnlineMetals.com