4.1.1 Responsibility for compliance. All items shall meet all requirements of
sections 3 and 5. The inspection set forth in this specification shall become a part of
the contractor's overall inspection system or quality program. The absence of any
inspection requirements in the specification shall not relieve the contractor of the
responsibility of ensuring that all products or supplies submitted to the Government for
acceptance comply with all requirements of the contract. Sampling inspection, as part
of manufacturing operations, is an acceptable practice to ascertain conformance to
requirements, however, this does not authorize submission of known defective
material, either indicated or actual, nor does it commit the Government to accept
4.2 Classification of inspections. The inspection requirements specified herein
are classified as follows:
First article inspection (see 3.1 and 6.2)
Quality conformance inspection (see 4.3).
4.2.1 First article inspection. Unless otherwise specified in the contractual
document (see 6.2), a sample consisting of not less than 10 lbs. of the material,
manufactured under the same conditions as those specified for subsequent production,
shall be subjected to first article inspection.
Accomplishment of first article inspection shall be as specified herein. If the first
article sample does not meet the requirements of this specification, it shall be rejected.
Subsequent units shall not be considered for acceptance until Government approval of
the first article sample has been obtained. Testing of the first article sample, to
determine compliance with the characteristics listed in Table IV shall be in accordance
with the corresponding test paragraphs.
TABLE IV. First article inspection.
Mechanical properties at high and low
4.3 Quality conformance inspection.
4.3.1 Sampling for quality conformance inspection. Sampling for quality
conformance inspection shall be conducted on a random sample selected from each
production lot in accordance with Table V.