Glossary
 
 
2D Drawing: A traditional 3- or 4-view drawing, either on paper or in a computer file.
3D Drawing: A rotatable 3D computer image that actually contains the object being drawn as a 3D file. Also known as a 3D CAD file. Not all 3d drawings are machine-executable.
Allied Titanium System: All of the Allied Titanium computers and software systems that are connected together globally. These include massive databases at secure locations as well as drafting servers and order entry terminals.
Alloy: An alloy is a mixture or metallic solid solution composed of two or more elements.Alloys usually have different properties from those of the component elements.
ANSI: The American National Standards Institute. Items with an ANSI number meet ANSI Standards.
ASME: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Like the ANSI number, products with an ASME number meet ASME standards.
ASTM: Officially named ASTM International, this organization was originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, but it has evolved into an international standards organization and ANSI has taken charge of United States standards. An ASTM number on one of our products means that it complies with their standards.
Attie: Allied Titanium Technically Intelligent Entity.
Bk3In: The volume of an item’s manufacturing blank, in cubic inches. (Used in UPD Database)
CAD: Computer-aided design, the use of computer technology in the design of objects.  Precise representations of objects can be kept in CAD files.
Cap Screw: A partially threaded screw without a hex head or self tapping thread.
Color or Painted Finish: Titanium can easily be anodized with almost any color and still retain its underlying finish.
CRFQ: Custom Request for Quote
Deadline: This is the date a Production Order should be manufactured and ready for quality inspection.
Delivery Date: The date an order was received by a customer.
DIN: Deutsches Institut für Normung, which in English is the German Institute for Standardization. Allied Titanium products with a DIN number meet their standard.
DWG: AutoCAD drawing file. There are 2D DWG file formats and 3D DWG file formats. Allied Titanium accepts machine executable 3D DWG files that are AutoCAD 2004 or later.
Engineering Strength: Also known as Yield Stength, engineering strength is defined as the stress at which a predetermined amount of permanent deformation occurs. However, once the engineering strength has been exceeded, the original numbers no longer apply due to a condition called necking which is a stretching or elongation of the material.
Expected Date: This is the date that a Production Order shipment is expected to arrive at the customer's shipping address.
Focused ISR: A Focused ISR is an Independent Sales Representative that is solely focused on representing Allied Titanium products and doesn't represent any other companies.
Forging A manufacturing process that shapes material using compressive forces. Forging is referred to by the temperature at which the material is formed. Hot Forging and Cold Forging are the most common, although there is a process known as Warm Forging as well.
Ground Finish: A 60- to 120- grit finish.
Group: Allied Titanium's major product segments, i.e. Marine, Automotive, Fasteners, etc.
It3In: An item's volume in cubic inches. (Used in UPD Database)
Investment Cast: A production method used to make parts that cannot be produced by typical machining techinques. The result is a highly accurate and smooth product.
Item #: The five-digit number used for ordering. (Used in UPD Database)
ISO: The International Organization for Standardization. (Why isn’t it called “IOS”?  The reason is that ISO isn’t an acronym; it actually comes from the Greek word isos, meaning “equal.” The organization uses ISO as its official short name instead of having different acronyms in different languages.)  Products with an ISO number meet their standards.
ISR: Independent Sales Representative. ISRs represent Allied Titanium's products to their customers. Another term for ISR is Manufacturer's Representative.
Machine-Executable File: A CAD file that can be fed into manufacturing machines in order to create products. Most machine-executable files are 3D CAD files.
Machined Finish: The finish that remains after any sort of machining.
Machine Screw: A fully threaded screw without a hex head or self tapping thread.
Machining The process in which material is cut or shaped by removing material.
Manufacturing Lead Time: This is the number of business days from the placement of an order to the Ready Date, which is the date an order should be manufactured and have passed Quality Control, ready to ship out to Quality Assurance. If the Priority flag is set to "Yes" in an order, it is a good idea to enter the Lead Time desired. Beware that a high priority order with a short Lead Time can result in increased shipping and order costs.
Mill Finish: The unaltered finish after the metal has been created in the mill. It can vary from being quite smooth to being a little rough.
Mill Products: These are products that are made in a mill without any additional processing. Examples of mill products include plates, bars and tubing.
Minimum Order Quantity: Also abbreviated Min. Order Qty and Min. Qty. This is the minimum quantity of a product that can be ordered. Our mission is affordable titanium, so we try to strike a balance between the Min. Qty and price. If you need less than the Min. Qty shown, you may be able to get it from one of our distributors or from us at an increased price.
Mirror Finish: A very high-polish finish that will produce close to a true mirror reflection. A mirror finish is extremely difficult to do, so please note that it will increase the cost.
NSM: National Sales Manager. NSMs are in charge of the Allied Titanium sales force in entire countries or in the case of smaller countries, groups of countries.
Order: An actual order placed in the Allied Titanium System for production.
Order Date: The date an order was placed in the Allied Titanium system.
Order Manager: Each order is assigned an Order Manager who is responsible for making sure the order flows through Production, Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Shipping properly.
Oversize Package: Fedex: Over 119" in length or 70" in width or 60" in height. Any package that has a combined girth and length of over 300". Any package with an actual weight or dimensional weight of over 75 pounds.
Paid Date: The date the order was actually paid for.
Pending Date: The date an order was entered without funds or confirmation of payment for the manufacturing of the order.
Production Order: When a customer places an Order with Allied Titanium, Production Orders are generated and sent to different facilities around the globe for manufacturing the individual products most efficiently. After manufacturing, Production Orders pass through Quality Control and are sent to Quality Assurance for final inspection and gathering together into the entire order for shipment to the customer.
Proof Machining: This refers to the machining of castings or forgings in order to bring their dimensions into specific tolerances.
Purchase Order: A customer's product order that they normally assign a purchase order number to.
Priority? This is a yes or no flag that designates whether an order, shipment, etc. should receive priority treatment. Use this flag carefully because it can result in increased shipping and order costs.
Purchase Request:
(PRQ)
A customer’s request to purchase a product at a particular quantity and price. Normally, the purchase date, delivery date, payment terms and delivery location are all included in the purchase request. If the supplier accepts the terms, the purchase request automatically becomes a purchase order. In our system, the abbreviation "PRQ" is a Purchase Request for standard products we already offer and "CPRQ" refers to a Custom Purchase Request for a custom part the customer would like manufactured.
Polished Finish: An 800-grit or better finish.
Private? If yes, the product's design belongs to a customer and cannot be sold or revealed to anyone else.
QA Received Date: This is the date Quality Assurance received the Production Order from Quality Control.
QA Shipped Date: This is the date Quality Assurance shipped out the shipment to the customer.
QA Tracking # The shipper's tracking number for tracking the shipment from Quality Assurance to the customer. Clicking on this number will take you to the shipper's tracking information.
QC Received Date: This is when Quality Control receives a Production Order from one of Allied Titanium's manufacturing facilities.
QC Shipped Date: The date a shipment left Quality Control and was sent to Quality Assurance.
Quality Control: This is the Allied Titanium department that is responsible for inspecting Production Orders from Allied Titanium's various factories. Quality Control strives to inspect and measure each item in a Production Order in less than two days.
Quality Assurance: This is the Allied Titanium department that receives Production Orders from Quality Control, combining them into the completed orders for shipment to the customers after a final inspection. Their primary focus is to re-measure critical dimensions and do their best to make sure all products will be functional. Quality Assurance strives for a two day turnaround on Orders.
Quoted Date: The date all the prices for an RFQ were entered into the system.
Ready Date: The date a Production Order should be manufactured, inspected and ready to ship to the customer.
Received Date: The date a Production Order shipment was received by the customer.
Request for Quote: A customer’s request for a price quote for a particular quantity of a product.
RFQ: Request for Quote
RSM: Regional Sales Manager. RSMs run the Allied Titanium sales force in entire regions of countries or sometimes small countries.
SAE: The Society of Automotive Engineers, now known as SAE International. An SAE number on one of our products means that it meets the SAE standards.
Satin Finish: A 150- to 220-grit, fine-sanded finish that produces the appearance of a polished finish from a distance and fine-sanded finish up close. The benefits of a satin finish are its low cost and resistance to showing fingerprints and marks.
Screw: Worldwide, there is a lot of confusion as to the definition of a cap screw versus a machine screw. We have chosen to define a cap screw as a partially threaded screw without a hex head and a machine screw as a fully threaded screw without a hex head. We call hex head screws, bolts, and provide the option of fully threaded bolts in the longer lengths.
Ship to Code: This is used to name the Ship to addresses in a customer's account so that the entire ship address doesn't have to be entered every time when ordering. There can be an unlimited number of ship addresses with their Ship to Codes for each customer.
SLDDRW: A SolidWorks drawing file format that contains a 2D construction drawing. Every SLDDRW file is paired with a SLDPRT counterpart.
SLDPRT: A SolidWorks part file format that contains a part’s 3D representation. Every SLDPRT file is paired with a SLDDRW counterpart.
Start Date: The date information for a quote or order was first entered into the system.
Submitted Date: The date a Production Order is submitted to an Allied Titanium factory for manufacturing.
Tracking # The shipper's tracking number for tracking the Production Order from Quality Assurance to Quality Control. Clicking on this number will take you to the shipper's tracking information.
Ultimate Strength: Also known as Breaking Strength, the ultimate strength of a material is the maximum stress it can withstand when subjected to an applied load before rupturing.
UPD: Unique Part Descriptor.
UPD Database: Our database, with all of the specifications and images of the products we manufacture.
UPD No.: A code that describes each product. (Click on "UPD No." on the left for a complete explanation.)
UPD Sheet: A PDF document that specifies a product with drawings, text and 3D animations.
Yield Strength: Also known as Engineering Stength, Yield strength is defined as the stress at which a predetermined amount of permanent deformation occurs. However, once the yield strength has been exceeded, the original numbers no longer apply due to a condition called necking which is a stretching or elongation of the material.
   
   
 
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