The U.S. military has procurement challenges, perhaps larger challenges than some of the biggest U.S. companies. And that procurement activity is under both legislative scrutiny and financial constraints! So it’s not surprising that every aspect of the procurement cycle is constantly being reviewed to see where improvements can be made. And the MIL-STD-1353, “Electrical Connectors, Plug-in Sockets and Associated Hardware, Selection and Use of,” is a good example of how this is happening.
MIL-STD-1353 was recently extensively updated. The new Revision C provides the user with 348 pages of guidance on the DoD’s preferred list of electrical connectors, plug-in sockets and associated hardware. No, it’s not a list of supplier part numbers. Instead it’s a list of those military specs and standards that best define the components on which the military would like to standardize it’s procurement process.
Only those organizations that have to procure and maintain vast numbers of products can understand the savings that come from reducing the number of components used across the entire range of inventory. So if you’d like your product to be purchased by the U.S. military, this is the type of standard you need to pay attention to.
The technical requirements are not lengthy — Only the first 17 pages are the standard itself. It’s the various Annexes that really make up the “meat” of this document. There’s six of them covering:
- Printed wiring board connectors and test points,
- Rectangular connectors,
- Radio frequency connectors,
- Circular connectors,
- Audio connectors, and
- Power connectors.
You’ll get information on the applicable specs for each, as well as tables showing the specification number, description, and configuration in many cases. And these specifications also include the SMD drawings as well as the more familiar Mil DTL’s and other specs.
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