Metric Fasteners And The Automobile Industry

While in Europe and Canada, the metric system of measurement is in place, this is not true in the United States. They still adhere to the imperial system in daily life. However, the automotive manufacturing sector has long since phased out the imperial system. Instead, they work in metric. Their components are in this system. This is particularly true of fasteners. Whether it is Ford, GM or Chrysler, only companies producing metric fasteners need apply for contracts.

The Application of Fasteners in the Automotive Industry

Metric fasteners are devices composed of a variety of materials, including plastic, although metal and metal alloys dominate – that attach components. They are non-complex parts found in use in many industrial applications. In the automotive industry, they are, metaphorically and actually, the nuts-and-bolts holding vehicles together. This includes frames, trunks, and engines.

Automotive Producers and the Metric System

While America still does not recognize the metric system as a preferred way of measurement, scientists and the top automotive industries do. Ford led the way in 1971 when they implemented the metric system in a made-in-America four-cylinder engine for their Pintos. Since then, they have not looked back turning relying increasingly on the metric system in production.

GM joined the move to metric in 1973. Since then other automotive companies have shifted including Chrysler. In fact, the Big Three combined to create the North American Automotive Metric Standards (NAAMS) in 1991.

The Automotive Industry and Metric Fasteners

Today, few Americans realize the car they are driving has anything to do with the metric system. While Canada and most of the world have adopted the system openly, in America the average person has not wittingly done so. However, today’s automotive sector uses a substantial amount of components not measured in inches or feet. Metric fasteners of all types are common. In fact, an American car or truck has more than 99% of its components in metric.

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