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Keystone Threaded Products Company and the Adoption of the Metric System

You may remember or have at least heard of the first effort the government made in the seventies to switch the American population over to the metric system. Many may recall the struggle in attempting to convert our view of the world, be it in gallons, feet or inches into the far more sensible and vastly more utilized metric versions used elsewhere around the world. We Americans still measure things in our own stubborn way. Yardsticks are marked in feet and inches, gasoline is dispensed in gallons, and we go for miles as opposed to kilometers, all forms of measurement that are baffling to foreigners. In fact, the metric system is utilized by close to 97% of the world’s population and exclusively within scientific circles.

The metric system is used around the world simply because it is so sensible and easy to understand, despite our feelings otherwise. Measurement is logically based on increments 10, 100, 1000, 1 million, 1 billion, or on fractions of one tenth, one hundredth, one thousandth, one millionth, etc. For instance, if one examines a meter-long stick it is remarkably convenient to simply break it down into 100 equal sections. These units are then aptly called “centimeters” which can be further broken down into “millimeters” and so on. Essentially, the metric system is a decimal system of weights and measures that allows for easy converting between units by simply multiplying or dividing by 10, 100, 1000, etc. Easy mental arithmetic translates into significant efficiencies and this means cost savings.

One company that understands this and has wholeheartedly embraced this sensible system is Keystone Threaded Products Company; a family owned and operated company that has been producing quality threaded parts since 1920. Keystone Threaded Products Company manufactures rolled thread ACME bars as well as the metric equivalent “Trapezoidal” and also a complete line of standard threaded products, in all forms of Vee-Thread (UNC, UNF, UN and Metric). We also stock hard to find threaded items. We understand that there are certain items that require the metric system and are proud to offer that. We are also able to utilize a metric length call out, if a customer requests it. Contact Keystone Threaded Products today to see how you can enjoy both quality and cost savings when in need of quality, threaded parts.