Frequently Asked Questions - Submethod 54

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Listed below are portions of MIL-STD-2073 covering preservation submethod 54 (formerly Method IIf: rigid metal container, 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: DSCC.packaging@dla.mil


illustration of preservation submethod 54
  • How should items that require Method 54 preservation be packaged?
    MIL-STD-2073 states, 'The item, preserved, wrapped, cushioned and desiccated as required in 5.2.3.7, shall be enclosed in a sealed, close fitting, rigid container other than all metal. Any sealed, rigid container other than all metal may be used as long as the sealed container provides a WVTR not exceeding 0.075 grams per 100 square inches per 24 hours when tested in accordance with 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