5.1 Packaging. For acquisition purposes, the packaging requirements shall be as specified in the contract or
order (see 6.2). When actual packaging of materiel is to be performed by DoD personnel, these personnel need to
contact the responsible packaging activity to ascertain requisite packaging requirements. Packaging requirements
are maintained by the Inventory Control Point's packaging activity within the Military Department or Defense Agency,
or within the Military Department's System Command. Packaging data retrieval is available from the managing
Military Department's or Defense Agency's automated packaging files, CD-ROM products, or by contacting the
responsible packaging activity.
(This section contains information of a general or explanatory nature that may be helpful, but is not mandatory.)
6.1 Intended use. Relays conforming to this specification are intended for use in dc or ac (single or polyphase)
ground support electronic and communication equipment as a means of controlling the making and breaking of
circuits for electrically operated equipment and devices.
CAUTION: Contacts should not be paralleled on the assumption that doing so will increase their switching capacity.
Being paralleled for the sake of redundancy may result in make before break, due to one transfer contact operating
slightly ahead of the other.
6.2 Acquisition requirements. Acquisition documents must specify the following:
Title, number, and date of the specification.
Issue of DoDISS to be cited in the solicitation, and if required, the specific issue of individual documents
referenced (see 2.2).
Title, number, and date of the applicable specification sheet and the specification sheet PIN.
Requirements for first article inspection (see 4.3).
Packaging requirements (see 5.1).
6.3 First article. When first article inspection is required, the contracting officer should provide specific guidance
to offerors whether the item(s) should be a preproduction sample, a first article sample, a first production item, a
sample selected from the first 13 production items, a standard production item from the contractor's current inventory
(see 3.2), and the number of items to be tested as specified in 4.3. The contracting officer should also include
specific instructions in acquisition documents regarding arrangements for examinations, approval of first article test
results, and disposition of first articles. Invitations for bids should provide that the Government reserves the right to
waive the requirement for samples for first article inspection to those bidders offering a product which has been
previously acquired or tested by the Government, and that bidders offering such products, who wish to rely on such
production or test, must furnish evidence with the bid that prior Government approval is presently appropriate for the
pending contract. Bidders should not submit alternate bids unless specifically requested to do so in the solicitation.
6.4 Magnetic orientation. Magnetic orientation of a relay may be determined by energizing the coil with a known
polarity and checking for attraction or repulsion of a permanent magnet to an external surface of the relay.