MIL-STD-45662 was one of Document Center’s all time best selling standards, bar none. It was the quality standard for calibration until Mil Spec reform took over in the mid-90’s. So what ever happened to the standard and what should you be using now?
MIL-STD-45662A was cancelled by Cancellation Notice 2 on Feb 27, 1995. The cancellation notice provided superseding information for the standard, so there are 2 documents which can be used instead of the now obsolete MIL-STD-45662.
First is ISO-10012, “Measurement management systems — Requirements for measurement processes and measuring equipment.” In 1995, the document was divided into 2 parts, ISO-10012-1 and ISO-10012-2. The ISO-10012-1 was the first replacement for MIL-STD-45662, but is now obsolete due to the cancellation of this document in 2003 with the release of the replacement ISO-10012.
The story is much the same for the second replacement document, ANSI-Z540.1,” Calibration Laboratories and Measuring and Test Equipment – General Requirements.” The document was revamped in 2006 as ANSI-Z540.3, “Requirements for the Calibration of Measuring and Test Equipment”, and officially superseded by the new standard in 2008. So you’ll need to use ANSI-Z540.3 now.
One of the sad results of Mil Spec reform is the fact that expensive industry standards, like the two documents above, have replaced the inexpensive (or free) military documents that companies around the U.S. used to reference extensively. Because of the high cost of industry standards, many of our customers have reduced or eliminated standards from their business practices. We’re a big supporter of standards and the standards process, so if you have some suggestions on how to get these companies back into standards, please send me a comment!
The obsolete standards referenced above, and the current quality standards for calibration, can be purchased from Document Center Inc. at our website www.document-center.com. Please note: you’ll have to get a quote first for all obsolete documents so that we can confirm that you really want a cancelled item before the order is processed.
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