Smithsonian (magazine) recently published a special section in the June issue titled "Inventing America". With the ten millionth patent pending, Smithsonian looked back in time at the leading innovation hubs from 100 years ago and today. Singled out in the top five, was Hartford Connecticut and recognized was Pratt & Whitney. The author noted that Pratt & Whitney “pioneered metalworking machines and techniques”. Pratt & Whitney Company put into practice the concept of interchangeable parts that had been pioneered by Samuel Colt, Elijah Root, Amos Whitney’s cousin Eli, and others. Their method depended on the use of accurate gages. At this time, there was no standard for the commercial inch. Pratt & Whitney worked to establish a commercial standard inch, accurate to several millionths of an inch then went on to produce working master copies of the few existing national length standards.
Smithsonian is the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and looks at the topics and subject matters researched, studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution - science, history, art, popular culture and innovation - and chronicles them for its diverse readership.
Pratt & Whitney, founded in 1860, is a global supplier of ultra-precision Metrology instruments, inspection gauging systems, and length measuring machines. Pratt & Whitney instruments incorporate the latest in laser and sensor technology allowing for fast and accurate measurements.
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