What is the MIL-DTL-15024F?
It is a performance standard that explains the acceptable physical traits of identification devices such as plates, tags, and bands used to identify equipment.
What types of ID devices does MIL-DTL-15024F cover?
- Etched or chemically-engraved plate
- Engraved plate
- Stamped plate
- Cast plate
- Screen or litho print plate
- Laminated plate
- Adhesive-backed plate
- Photosensitive plate (Type H)
- Cable band
- Cable band (heat shrinkable)
- Laser-generated plate
What is to be the intended use for the plates, tags, and bands covered in MIL-DTL-15024F?
The plates, tags, and bands are intended to identify electrical, electronic, or mechanical equipment. Also, when required for the installation, use, operation, or maintenance of equipment items.
What must the acquisition documents specify?
- Type of identification device
- Issue of DoDISS to be cited in solicitation
- Required marking information, format, and redundancy
- Color of filler
- Color style
- Specific size of UID device
- Thickness of plates
- Mounting provisions
- Whether testing is required
- Criteria for lot acceptance or rejection
- Packaging requirements
What types of materials may be used?
ID devices are to be made of materials that cannot be altered by fungus and can withstand the environmental and cleaning conditions associated to the part in which it’s attached.
What are some examples of allowed materials?
- Brass (commercial)
- Corrosion-resistant steel
- Aluminum alloy
Can recycled materials be used?
Recycled, recovered, or environmentally-friendly materials may be used as long as they meet or exceed operational and maintenance requirements.
What are recognized defects?
The following are considered major defects of UIDs and associated materials:
- The finish is blistered, flaked, peeled, chipped, cracked, softened, or not as specified
- The finish is burred, silvered, splintered, split, delaminated, or poses threat of injury
- The UID is of incorrect color
- The UID is illegible
- The related inscription or description does not conform to the specification sheet or contract requirements
- The related materials are not as specified
- The dimensions do not meet specified requirements.
What about testing?
Samples of any type can be selected and subjected to applicable tests. A marked item is considered a unit of product. If any sample fails a test, the lot from which the sample was taken shall be rejected.
What is an example of a test?
A deterioration test looks for evidence of flaking, peeling, dissolving, distorting, softening, the presence of oxidation, discoloration, or visible presence of fungus. Presence of any of the described constitutes a failure to meet standards. A slight discoloration or fading is permissible if it does not influence the legibility of the UID.
What are other types of tests?
- Moisture resistance
- Solvent resistance
- Salt spray
- Abrasion resistance
- Cleaning resistance
- Thermal shock