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QQ-Z-325 vs. ASTM B633

Q. Are these two standards interchangeable?

Mauricio Guerrero
Product designer - Lake Forest, California
January 14, 2010

A. FED QQ-Z-325 [affil link or DLA] was canceled in 1978; how could it be equivalent to ASTM B633 [affil link] which has been continually revised and upgraded over the 30+ years since QQ-Z-325 became canceled and thus NON-CURRENT. For instance, ASTM B633 [affil link] makes provisions for non-hexavalent conversion coatings (i.e. RoHS compliant). Anyway, just because some "virtual" expert on says 2 specs are equivalent, are you really going to bank on that advice and apply that to some design or parts to be plated? That's dangerous and the only person that should be answering this question is the design authority ultimately responsible for the safety and liability of the item to be plated.

milt stevenson jr.
Milt Stevenson, Jr.
Syracuse, New York
January 22, 2010

A. Mil specs replaced by ASTM specs have a one-way equivalence. If you are told to do the job according to the canceled Mil spec, you automatically bounce to the ASTM spec (or other industry spec) mentioned in the cancellation notice. However if you are told to use the ASTM spec it's not necessarily true that you can ignore it and go off the old Mil spec. Especially if, as Milt mentioned, it's been a long time since the cancellation. The procedures from the Mil spec are probably still present in the ASTM spec, but you should not count on that.

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Ray Kremer
Stellar Solutions, Inc.
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February 9, 2010

Q. We are about to re-source an old component of ours designed originally by my colleagues in the U.S. back in the early 1990's and they have specified a finish of "Zinc plate per QQ-Z-325 Class 3 Type I or II". I gather this has now been cancelled but does anybody know what the UK "equivalent" would be to the standard that replaced the originally QQ-Z-325?
Would really appreciated your help.

Dave Gresham
Manufacturing Engineer - Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK
April 15, 2013

A. Hi Dave,

BS 3382 [affil link] always used to be the call out. That has now been superseded by BS 7371 [affil link].

Brian Terry
Aerospace - Yeovil, Somerset, UK
April 23, 2013

thumbs up signHi Brian,

thanks very much for your help, these standards do get a bit confusing!

Dave Gresham
- Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK
April 29, 2013

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