New ASTM A380/A380M 2013 Edition for Cleaning, Descaling, and Passivation of Stainless Steel

ASTM A380/A380M 2013 Edition, “Standard Practice for Cleaning, Descaling, and Passivation of Stainless Steel Parts, Equipment, and Systems,” has just been released and is available now from Document Center Inc. in either paper or pdf format.  The practice covers the standard recommendations and precautions for cleaning, descaling, and passivating of new stainless steel parts, assemblies, equipment, and installed systems.

The widely used ASTM Standard Practice defines and describes way to clean, descale and passivate stainless steel.  The tests for confirming the tests are successful can be found in ASTM A967 (ASTM A967/A967M-13), or various other standards listed in the document.

The committee in charge of the standard has identified changes to the new 2013 Edition from the previous (now obsolete) ASTM A380/A380M 2006 Edition.  These changes are located in Section 1.5, 6.4 and the Note 3 of Section, and also include the addition of a new section 1.6 and modification of Section 6.2.2 to reference Section 6.4.  If you’d like more detail on these changes, a Redline Edition is available from Document Center that shows them all.

If you require your stainless steel parts to be passivated, or use passivation in the process of manufacturing stainless steel parts for others, you’ll want this new revision.  The standard takes into account the wide spectrum of cleanliness to be specified, including the high levels need for applications in the food-handling, pharmaceutical, aerospace and the nuclear industries.  You’ll use this document to insure that you and your customers/vendors are in agreement on your requirements.

All current and many obsolete revisions of ASTM Standards can be purchased on the Document Center website at  You can order in either paper or pdf format.  If you need personal assistance, just contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (  Our staff has the expertise to provide you with the service that the use of compliance documents like the ASTM standards require.

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