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Automatic point-of work-dispensing gaining momentum in automotive industries


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Next-gen industrial vending gains momementum in the automotive industry
Major industry players turning to Apex to save inventory, downtime and costs

Mason, OH – Today more than ever, automotive components and systems companies are looking deep into their organizations to find opportunities for cost savings and productivity improvements.
Detroit Diesel, BAE Systems, Parker-Hannifin, Cooper-Standard Automotive, Mahle, Crown Battery, NTN Driveshaft, Kautex Textron and Denso Manufacturing are major industry players that have, in just the past year, discovered the benefits of automating the distribution of MRO supplies, PPE, and both high-use and mission-critical tools and supplies through Internet-based industrial vending systems by Apex Industrial Technologies.
“Adding control and automation to the distribution of MRO materials typically drives cost savings of 20 to 30 percent of the spend,” said Apex CEO Kent Savage. “Technology costs dropped dramatically in the past year. Now, this technology is easily affordable for all businesses. Many MRO suppliers now offer Apex solutions as part of their supply agreements.”
As the trend builds momentum, Apex’s Edge 5000 system is now being utilized by other automotive industry leaders including Oshkosh Corp., Rotary Lift, Beall Corp., Brenner Tank, Collins Bus, TBEI and Johnson Truck Bodies, as well as 33 Fortune 500 companies.
And Apex systems are utilized by emergency vehicle manufacturers including Medtec Ambulance, General Safety, KME, Central State Fire Apparatus and Rennert’s Fire Equipment Service.
Apex’s Connect n’ Go™ technology provides easy-to-use industrial vending systems at the point-of-use in manufacturing and distribution facilities. There is no software to purchase or to install. Users just plug into an electrical outlet and an Internet connection and they are up and running.
The Edge 5000 is a durable, reliable system featuring the next generation of technology for dispensing supplies, replacing the inefficient standing and handing at tool cribs or traveling to a central distribution site while providing automatic inventory usage tracking reports as well as re-ordering.
The system provides 24/7/365 dispensing of items for point-of-work, satellite and remote locations, decreasing downtime while end-users are able to control each employee’s access to each item while monitoring inventory – and saving on usage.
The cost-savings benefits are detailed in a free white paper, “Issues and Considerations in Calculating Economic Benefits for Point-of-Work Implementations” and in a series of free white papers and case studies, all available at

About Apex Industrial Technologies
Apex Industrial Technologies is the leader in next-generation, Connect n’ Go™ industrial vending technology. Apex provides lean, value-driven industrial vending solutions at the point-of-work for a wide range of MRO materials, PPE, high-cost, high-use and mission-critical parts and supplies.
Customers recently added to Apex’s rapidly growing list of customers includes Procter & Gamble, GE, Kraft Foods, General Dynamics, Nestle, Caterpillar, PepsiCo, Del Monte, Alcoa, 3M, International Paper, U.S. Steel, Boise Cascade, Nike, MeadWestvaco, Pratt & Whitney, Daimler, Owens- General Mills, Waste Management, Toro, Johnson Controls, AstraZeneca, ConAgra Foods, Wyeth, Cargill, Weyerhaueser, Mitsubishi, Detroit Diesel, Post, M&M Mars, L’Oreal, Goulds Pumps, Eaton, Xcel Energy, Valspar, Dover, Republic Services and Sulzer.
For more information, go to or call 1-800-229-7912.

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