New ASTM A967/A967M 2013 Edition on Chemical Passivation Treatments for Stainless Steel Parts

ASTM A967/A967M 2013 Edition has just been released and is available from Document Center Inc. in either paper or pdf format.  Titled “Standard Specification for Chemical Passivation Treatments for Stainless Steel Parts,” the new revision is one of our go-to documents for chemical passivation.  It includes recommendations and precautions for descaling, cleaning, and passivation of stainless steel parts.

Included are the following tests:

  1. Practice AWater Immersion Test,
  2. Practice BHigh Humidity Test,
  3. Practice CSalt Spray Test,
  4. Practice DCopper Sulfate Test,
  5. Practice EPotassium Ferricyanide–Nitric Acid Test, and
  6. Practice FDamp Cloth Test.

This practice references QQ-P-35 (later renumbered AMS-QQ-P-35 and then withdrawn in favor of AMS-2700), another major passivation document.  The ASTM A967/A967-13 replaces ASTM A967/A967M-05 which is now obsolete.

Changes to the new 2013 Edition of A967/A967M can be found in the following areas:  Section 1.5 (changed to combined Metric/US units), Revised Section 4.1 and added Section 4.3, Added Notes 2 and 3 to Sections 6 and 7, Revised Section 13.3, Combined Sections 14 through 19 into a new Section 14, Revised Section 22.1 (Now numbered 17.1) and added Section 17.2, and Added Sections X1.3.2-X1.3.4 and X1.12 to the Appendix.

For more plating and coating specifications, see Document Center’s listing Popular Specifications for Plating.

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Document Center’s Top 20 Best Selling Standards for 2011

Yes, it’s the end of the year and what better time to highlight our best selling standards of 2011!  Here’s what Document Center customers wanted this year:

  1. ISO 14155, 2nd Edition and Technical Corrigendum (correction sheet) from 2011, “Clinical investigation of medical devices for human subjects – Good clinical practice”
  2. ISO 19011, 2nd Edition, 2011, “Guidelines for auditing management systems”
  3. AMS 2700, Revision E, “Passivation of Corrosion Resistant Steels”
  4. 21CFR(800-1299), 2011 Edition, “Code of Federal Regulations – Food and Drug Administration Parts 800 through 1299”
  5. BS EN ISO 14971, 2009 Edition with Corrigendum 1 (correction) from 2011, “Medical devices. Application of risk management to medical devices”
  6. ASTM F1980, 2007 R2011 Edition (reapproved in 2011), “Standard Guide for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Barrier Systems for Medical Devices”
  7. IPC A 610, Revision E from 2010, “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies”
  8. AS 9100, Revision C from 2011, “Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space & Defense Organizations”
  9. ASME Y14.5, 2009 Edition, “Dimensioning and Tolerancing”
  10. ASQ Z1.4, 2008 Edition, “Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes”
  11. ASTM E1417, 2011 Edition, “Standard Practice for Liquid Penetrant Testing”
  12. ISTA 2A, 2011 Edition, “Performance Tests for Packaged-Products, Packaged-Products 150 lb (68 kg) or Less”
  13. ISO 9001, 4th Edition, Corrected and reprinted in 2009, “Quality management systems — Requirements”
  14. SOR/98-282, 2011 Edition, “Canadian Medical Devices Regulation”
  15. ASTM D4169, 2009 Edition, “Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems”
  16. ASTM E1444, 2011 Edition, “Standard Practice for Magnetic Particle Testing”
  17. BS EN 60601-1, 2006 Edition with Corrigendum 1 (correction sheet) from 2011, “Medical electrical equipment. General requirements for safety”
  18. ISO 10993-1, 4th Edition with Technical Corrigendum 1 (correction sheet) from 2011, “Biological evaluation of medical devices – Part 1: Evaluation and testing within a risk management process”
  19. ISO 13485, 2nd Edition with Technical Corrigendum 1 (correction sheet) from 2009, “Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes”
  20. ASTM A240, 2011a Edition, “Standard Specification for Chromium and Chromium-Nickel Stainless Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip for Pressure Vessels and for General Applications”

These documents are all available from Document Center Inc. at our website,  Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email ( for more information.  We’re happy to help you with all your standards questions and requirements.

Happy New Year!

AMS 2700 Revision E just released on Passivation of Corrosion Resistant Steels

AMS 2700 Revision E, “Passivation of Corrosion Resistant Steels,” has just been released.  The new edition replaces AMS 2700 Revision D which was released back in July of this year.  The specification covers the requirements for a process to assure removal of free iron or other less noble contaminants from the surfaces of corrosion resistant steel parts.

There are two passivation methods covered by AMS 2700E — Passivation in Nitric Acid and Passivation in Citric Acid.

For the first method, 8 types may be specified:

  • Low Temperature Nitric Acid with Sodium Dichromate
  • Medium Temperature Nitric Acid with Sodium Dichromate
  • High Temperature Nitric Acid with Sodium Dichromate
  • 40% Nitric Acid for Free Machining Steels
  • Anodic, for High Carbon Martensitic Steels
  • Low Temperature Nitric Acid
  • Medium Temperature Nitric Acid
  • Medium Temperature, Nigh Nitric Acid Concentration

The processes defined in this specification have been used typically to dissolve metallic elements from the surfaces of corrosion resistant steels to improve their corrosion resistance, but usage is not limited to such applications.

The new AMS 2700 and all SAE Standards may be purchased from Document Center Inc. on our website,  Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (  We have many obsolete SAE documents available, with extensive information on the revision history on the website.

The Plating Spec Poster – A handy tool for plating and coating specialists

Techplate’s Plating and Anodizing Specifications Chart is a handy wall chart developed to summarize a variety of frequently referenced plating specs.

The 2006 Edition covers a wide variety of metals and coatings.  Various classes are covered, along with thicknesses, and applications.  It’s 18 inches wide by 24 inches high, so it’s easy to post and reference.

Here is a list of some of the coatings covered and specs that apply:

Anodic Coatings MIL-A-8625
Black Chromium Plating MIL-DTL-14538
Black Oxide Coating MIL-DTL-13924 and AMS-2485
Cadmium Plating AMS-2700 and ASTM-B766
Chemical Conversion Coatings MIL-DTL-5541
Chromium Plating AMS-2460
Chemical Finish Black MIL-F-495
Copper AMS-2418
Electroless Nickel Coatings AMS-2404 and AMS-C-26074
Electropolish ASTM-B912
Gold Plating ASTM-B488 and AMS-2422
Lubricant, Solid Film MIL-PRF-46010
Magnesium Anodic Treatment AMS-M-45202 and ASTM-D1732
Magnesium Chromic Treatment AMS-M-3171
Nickel Coatings AMS-QQ-N-290 and AMS-2403
Passivation Treatments AMS-2700
Light Phosphate Coating TT-C-490
Heavy Phosphate Coating MIL-DTL-16232
Salt Bath Nitride AMS-2753
Silver Plating ASTM-B700
Sulfamate Nickel MIL-P-27418
Tin Coatings ASTM-B545
Tin Lead Plating AMS-P-81728
Vacuum Cadmium Plating AMS-C-8837
Zinc ASTM-B633
Zinc Alloy Plating ASTM-B840 and ASTM-B841