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.
Account Manager: Each customer has an Allied Titanium Account Manager who provides customer service and is responsible for making sure that the customer's orders arrive on time.
Allied Titanium System: (See ATTIE) All of the Allied Titanium computers, software systems and manufacturing machines 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. ATTIE is Allied Titanium's AI and she is integrated with the entire Allied Titanium System. Most of Allied Titanium's staff (and a lot of our customers) simply refer to the entire networked Allied Titanium System, including servers, AI programs and even our computer controlled manufacturing machines as ATTIE. (She works 24/7, but if you think she works for free, you'd be mistaken as she constantly gobbles up data and code.)
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. Allied Titanium's 3D CAD files are machine executable and can be used in machines to manufacture products. This is one of the reasons our titanium products are more affordable than others.
CAM: Computer-aided machining, the use of computer technology in the manufacturing of products. CAM files are loaded into machines and control the machines in the manufacturing of products.
Cap Screw: A partially threaded screw without a hex head or self tapping thread. This is Allied Titanium's definition and we acknowledge that there are other definitions of Cap Screw.
Certificate of Conformance (CoC): Certificate of Conformance or CoC is a certification that Allied Titanium manufactured the products according to the UPD Sheet approved before an order was placed. CoC's are provided free of charge as long as the request for a CoC is on the Customer Purchase Order at the time of ordering.
Certs: See Mechanical and Chemical certification below.
Color or Painted Finish: Titanium can easily be anodized with almost any color and still retain its underlying finish.
CRFQ: Custom Request for Quote


Item Deadline: This is the latest date that an item on an order will be manufactured and shipped to QC (or pulled from stock, if stocking item).

Production Order Deadline:This is the date a Production Order must be manufactured, factory inspected and ready to ship out from the Factory to either::

  • Quality Control Center (offshore)
  • Allied Titanium Quality Assurance (in the United States)
  • Drop shipped directly to the customer (if requested by the customer)

If the product is in stock, the Deadline is the date the product must be pulled from stock and ready to ship out. Once set, Deadline dates can never be changed. Deadlines are compared against Factory Ship Dates to measure factory on time performance.

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.
Estimated Delivery Date: This is the date that a Production Order shipment is expected to arrive at the customer's shipping address.
Expiration Date: This is the date a quote expires and is no longer valid.
Expediting Fee: Allied Titanium takes machine executable CAD files and converts them into CAM (Computer Aided Machining) files. These CAM files are fed into machines to make our products and the tooling on the machines must be changed out to match the tooling required by the CAM files. The time to do this is known as "Setup Time." (In the world of manufacturing, Setup Time is very expensive as nothing is being manufactured during this time.) When a Setup is done, the production run commences and must be long enough to make up for the Setup Time. (This is why there are Minimum Order Quantites for non-stocking products.)

In actualtiy, families of products are grouped together in Production Queues and all ran in sequence to reduce manufacturing cost. When an Order has a "Standard" Order Priority, all of the Orders stay in their Queue and are finished one at a time. If a customer needs an order manufactured quickly, they can pay an Expediting Fee to cover the cost of shutting down the Producton Queue and putting together a new Setup just to manufacture their single order. As you can imagine, shutting down a Production Queues is quite costly.
Factory Ship Date: This is the date a Production Order ships out from the Factory to Quality Control, Allied Titanium Quality Assurance (in the United States), or if drop shipped, to the customer.
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.
Full Certs: See Mechanical and Chemical Certification below.
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 seven-digit number used for ordering. Some people call this the SKU.
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 terms for ISR are Manufacturer's Representative and Account Manager.
Lead Time: This is the number of days from the placement of an order to the Ready Date, which is the date an order should be manufactured, fully inspected and ready to ship out from Quality Assurance. A typical Lead Time for Allied Titanium is 30 days. Be aware that Lead Times 14 days or less will result in increased order costs due to Expediting Fees.
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. Sometimes machine-executable CAD files must be converted to CAM files that are designed for specific machines that are loaded with specific tooling.
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. This is Allied Titanium's definition and we acknowledge that others have different definitions.
Machining: The process in which material is cut or shaped by removing material. It is also known as subtractive machining.
Mechanical and Chemical Certs: This is a certification that shows the chemical makeup and mechanical properties of a material at the last time it was melted or milled. Products that require this level of certification carry an additional cost to cover the tracking of the material as it moves through the manufacturing process. If Mechanical and Chemical Certs are required for a product that we are manufacturing, this must be documented on the Customer Purchase Order at the time of ordering.
Mill Finish: The unaltered finish after the metal has been processed 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, tubing and wire.
Minimum Order Quantity: Also abbreviated MOQ. 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 MOQ and price. If you need less than the MOQ 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 dramatically.
NAM: National Account Manager. NAMs support the Independent Sale Representatives and their customers in understanding titanium, designing titanium products and placing orders with Allied Titanium.
National Stock Number (NSN): A National Stock Number, or NATO Stock Number (NSN), is a 13-digit numeric code used by the NATO military alliance, identifying all the 'standardized material items of supply' as they have been recognized by all member states of NATO.
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 with Allied Titanium.
Order Controller: The Order Controller is responsible for making sure all orders flow properly through Production and Quality Control to Quality Assurance. The Order Controller also routes the individual items on an order to the factory that is appropriate for manufacturing those items.
Order Date: The date an order was placed with Allied Titanium. The placement of an order occurs after order deposits or complete payments have been received by Allied Titanium.
Order Item: A product on an Order and Production Order.
Order Priority: The options for Order Priority are: Standard, Two Weeks, One Week and Three Days. Anything other than "Standard" requires Expediting Fees. (Sometimes the priority can be listed as "Inventory" or "Inv-Hold." These two priorities are internal for use in the production of stocking orders.
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.
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.
Purchase Request:
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. With Allied Titanium, 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.
QC: Quality Control
QA: Quality Assurance (You can think of the QA team as kind of like the police over the QC team.)
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 also refers to the process of inspecting tolerances by machine operators as the products emerge from the machines.
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 ATTIE.

Ready Date:

Item Ready Date: This is the estimated date that an item on an order will be manufactured and shipped to QC (or pulled from stock, if stocking item).

Order Ready Date: This is the date an entire order should be ready to ship out 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. We recommend using just the Street Address as the "Ship to Code."
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. Properly drafted, a SLDPRT file is machine-executable.
Start Date: The date information for a quote or order was first entered into ATTIE.
Submitted Date: The date a Production Order is submitted to an Allied Titanium factory for manufacturing.
Tough-Ti(TM): Tough-Ti is a Patent Pending process that converts titanium into a proprietary molecule that is much harder and tougher than titanium. Tough-Ti is used in the manufacturing of Allied Titanium hex bolts and nuts to prevent the points of the hex from being stripped during the extreme wrenching that is common on high strength titanium fasteners.
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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