Frequently Asked Questions - Submethod 44

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Listed below are portions of MIL-STD-2073 covering preservation submethod 44 (formerly Method IA-13: Rigid Container, other than metal, sealed). This web page identifies the method, types of materials authorized, a graphic illustration, and a link to the School of Military Packaging Technology's 'How To' web documents. If this material does not enhance your understanding regarding this method of preservation, please use either our feedback form to provide recommendations or contact us directly by E-mail us at:

Method 44 - Rigid Container (other than metal), Sealed
  • How should items that require Method 44 preservation be packaged?
    MIL-STD-2073 states, 'The item, preserved, wrapped, and cushioned as required in, shall be enclosed in a sealed, snug fitting, rigid container other than all metal. Any sealed rigid container other than all metal may be used if the sealed container provides a watervapor transmission rate (WVTR) not exceeding 0.075 grams per 100 square inches per 24 hours when tested in accordance ASTM-D1008.'

    • NOTE: The packaging requirements (code) in your contract may specify the exact packaging materials to use to protect the item.

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Last Updated:  5 Oct 2015