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如果你身边有一件优衣库带拉链的衣服,那么它的拉链大概率是 YKK 的。可别小看了似乎微不足道的拉链,一件衣服的寿命可能就是由它决定的。也别小看了 YKK, 这家拉链厂商占据了全世界拉链市场的半壁江山。是什么让它如此厉害?今天的文章解释了其中的原因。

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Why YKK zippers are the brown M&Ms of product design: look at the little details to judge overall gear quality

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If you have a Uniqlo garment with a zip, chances are that it has a YKK zip. Don't underestimate the seemingly insignificant zip, it could differentiate the life of a garment. And don't underestimate YKK, the zip manufacturer that makes up half of the world's zip market. What makes it so powerful? Today's article explains why.

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Why YKK zippers are the brown M&Ms of product design: look at the little details to judge overall gear quality

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A ‘pro tip’ for evaluating the quality of a piece of gear is to look at the small details, such as zippers and stitching.

YKK is short for Yoshida Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha, founded by Tadao Yoshida in 1934.

Today, the YKK Group makes roughly half of the world’s zippers.

Over the following decades, YKK grew from being an imitator to an innovator, creating the world’s first nylon zipper, polyester zipper, concealed zipper, and the world’s smallest zipper.

YKK zippers were used in the spacesuits that went to the moon in 1969.

While YKK avoids the media, the company takes the Cycle of Goodness so seriously that it produced a 10-issue manga series that explains it in detail. (YKK also made a zipper-themed anime.)

YKK doesn’t share many technical details, but Ororo shed some light on what makes YKK zippers so good:

  • Square-tooth technology that ensures smooth, reliable zipping

  • Self-locking design that keeps the zipper from unzipping itself

  • Self-lubrication that keeps the zipper working well