What is NIST-Certified?

Elgin Fastener Group uses the latest in computer-aided design technology in combination with computer-aided machining to create the custom tooling needed to meet a company’s precise wire product fabrication requirements. We have decades of experience on the shop floor to assure consistency and quality.

The inspection process for wire forming is just as rigorous. Our machine operators quality check their work at regular intervals to ensure compliance to specifications. From height gauges to micrometers to calipers, Elgin Fastener Group maintains a large variety of traceable, NIST-calibrated tools to ensure quality.

But what exactly is NIST? What does it stand for and how does it allow quality products to be delivered to customers?

NIST stands for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and was known as the National Bureau of Standards until 1988. NIST is a measurement standards laboratory and a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO, employing around 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and administrative personnel.

Taken from their website, their mission is “to promote United States innovation and industrial competiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.”

NIST carries out its mission through:

  • the NIST laboratories, where world-class research is conducted in cooperation with industry to advance the nation’s technology infrastructure
  • the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a nationwide network of local centers offering technical and business assistance to smaller manufacturers
  • the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program, which promotes performance excellence among U.S. manufacturers, service companies, educational institutions, health care providers, and nonprofit organizations

Why is all this vital, especially for companies like Elgin Fastener Group? NIST certification is important because it supports and develops measurement standards for a particular product. NIST-certified products are tested in order to guarantee their accuracy. The certification standards are derived from Information Technology Laboratory research, guidelines, and outreach efforts.

NIST aims to provide technical support to the nation’s manufacturing industries as they strive to out-innovate and outperform the international competition. It’s always been one of NIST’s top priorities. Innovation and manufacturing go hand in hand.

A company can be sure that if a fastener is being made by Elgin, it’s being manufactured with tools that have been certified by NIST. Request a quote to get your project started. Our Northern Wire division based out of Merrill, WI does custom wire forming, machining, welding, bending and cold heading for agricultural equipment, lawn and garden, landscaping, construction, and recreational vehicles. Northern Wire can process material from 0.080’’ to 0.750’’ diameter with lengths from ½’’ to 12’ cut from coil. Have a wire forming need? Contact Elgin today and get your questions answered.