ASTM International Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics has approved the last in a series of ASTM standards that preserve military sampling standards that were originally under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Defense. The new standard, ASTM E2910, Guide for Preferred Methods for Acceptance of Product, preserves MIL-STD-1916 in its original form.
ASTM E2910 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E11.30 on Statistical Quality Control.
“ASTM E2910 provides the sampling plans of MIL-STD-1916 in ASTM format for use by ASTM committees and others,” says Dean Neubauer, engineering fellow, Corning Inc., as well as chairman of E11 and coordinator of the DataPoints column in ASTM Standardization News. ASTM E2910 preserves most of the original text of MIL-STD-1916 with only a few minor changes.
According to Neubauer, the purpose of ASTM E2910 is to encourage producers supplying goods and services to submit efficient and effective process control (prevention) procedures in place of prescribed sampling requirements.
“The goal is to support the movement away from an Acceptable Quality Level-based inspection strategy to implementation of an effective prevention-based strategy, including a comprehensive quality system, continual improvement and a partnership with the consumer,” says Neubauer. “The underlying theme is a partnership between consumer and producer, with the requisite competence of both parties, and a clear mutual benefit from processes capable of consistently high quality products and services.”
Neubauer believes that the use of ASTM E2910 will create an atmosphere where every instance of noncompliance is an opportunity for corrective action and improvement rather than one where acceptable quality levels are the contractually sufficient goals.
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ASTM Committee E11 Next Meeting: May 8-10, 2013, ASTM International Headquarters, West Conshohocken, Pa.
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February 22, 2013