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These practices describe methods of packaging/packing aluminum and magnesium products, in preparation for storage or shipment, both foreign and domestic. These practices are designed to deliver the products to their destination in good condition. Aluminum and magnesium products must be preserved and packed so as to be adequately protected from possible damage during shipment and storage. Major damage type are: mechanical and corrosion or water stain. These practices are classified according to levels of protection: Level A and commercial packaging.
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1.1 These practices describe methods of packaging/packing aluminum and magnesium products, in preparation for storage or shipment, both foreign and domestic. Assuming proper and normal handling in transit, these practices are designed to deliver the products to their destination in good condition. For DoD redistribution, see Supplementary Requirements.
1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.3 Aluminum and magnesium products must be preserved and packed so as to be adequately protected from possible damage during shipment and storage. Major damage types are:
1.3.1 Mechanical, including bending, crushing, denting, scratching, or gouging during handling and storage; and abrasions resulting from vibration during transport of the material.
1.3.2 Corrosion, or water stain, resulting from exposure of packed material to water, either externally applied, or as condensate caused by temperature variations in a humid atmosphere.
1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D779 Test Method for Water Resistance of Paper, Paperboard, and Other Sheet Materials by the Dry Indicator Method
D1732 Practices for Preparation of Magnesium Alloy Surfaces for Painting
D1974 Practice for Methods of Closing, Sealing, and Reinforcing Fiberboard Boxes
D3950 Specification for Strapping, Nonmetallic (and Joining Methods)
D3951 Practice for Commercial Packaging
D3953 Specification for Strapping, Flat Steel and Seals
D4727/D4727M Specification for Corrugated and Solid Fiberboard Sheet Stock (Container Grade) and Cut Shapes
D5168 Practice for Fabrication and Closure of Triple-Wall Corrugated Fiberboard Containers
D5486/D5486M Specification for Pressure-Sensitive Tape for Packaging, Box Closure, and Sealing
F1667 Specification for Driven Fasteners: Nails, Spikes, and Staples
ANSI StandardANSI/AHA A135.4 Basic Hardboard Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.
ICS Number Code 55.180.40 (Complete, filled transport packages)
UNSPSC Code 73151600(Packaging services)
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ASTM B660-15, Standard Practices for Packaging/Packing of Aluminum and Magnesium Products, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.orgBack to Top