Engineering and Technical Services


Industrial Hardware prides itself in maintaining a host of programs that assist customers and vendors in an effort to provide optimal, global supply chain solutions to the Warfighter and our Whole of Government partners.

Engineering Programs and Areas

Defense Standardization Program

DLA Troop Support Industrial participates as a Standardization Management Activity (SMA) in the Defense Standardization Program for DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware Commodities and the THDS Standardization Area.  We standardize to provide the warfighter with equipment that is interoperable, reliable, and technologically superior at the lowest cost.  Items bought to specifications usually require less lead-time, reduced stock levels, and result in fewer back orders. For questions related to DLA Troop Support Hardware standardization, contact:

Lead Standardization Activity


DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware has the Lead Standardization Activity (LSA) responsibility for DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware Commodities, and the THDS Standardization Area.

This support involves the approval of standardization project numbers in the generation/modification of standardization documents, coordination review of standardization documents and coordination of standardization documents such as Military/Federal specifications and standards, Non-Government Standards (NGSs), and Commercial Item Descriptions (CIDs). We also look for opportunities to standardize items that are procured by the DLA Troop Support in order to lower cost and reduce cycle time. For information regarding the Lead Standardization Activity functions see

For information on the Lead Standardization Activity function related to DLA Troop Support industrial Hardware items contact

Qualified Products List (QPL)


A Qualified Products List (QPL) is a listing of products or family of products that have met the qualification requirements set forth in the applicable specification, including appropriate product identification, tests or qualification reference, and the name and plant address of the manufacturer and authorized distributor. A QPL listing is used by government activities to determine approved sources of supply for items they wish to procure.

The need for QPL is determined by verification requirements in a specification. These requirements can only be justified if:

  • it is determined that time to conduct the tests identified in the applicable specification would exceed 30 days
  • or special equipment not commonly available is required to conduct the tests
  • or the tests are required for emergency life-saving equipment

Further specifics regarding the Defense Standardization Qualified Products Program can be found at the Defense Standardization Program Website

Provisions Covering Qualified Products Lists are found in the SD-6.

An applicant who wants more information or clarification on having their product qualified should:

  • Register for an account at ASSIST
  • Contact the Preparing Activity indicated in ASSIST for the specification they wish to have their product qualified to.


For questions regarding technical difficulty with ASSIST, the official source for specifications and standards used by the Department of Defense, or accessing the website contact the ASSIST team  or click on ASSIST FEEDBACK.

For questions on qualified products lists for DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware Commodities email                                    

For questions on QPLs, QSLs, or QMLs for DLA Land and Maritime commodities (e.g. microcircuits, electronic, hybrid or passive devices), email

For information regarding QPLs required by Society of Aerospace Engineers (SAE), documents visit the PRI website. To look up qualified manufacturers associated with SAE documents visit eAuditNet. You will be required to register for an account to access the qualified manufactures lists.

Parts Management Program


The Defense Parts Management Program is an integrated effort to streamline the selection of preferred or commonly used parts during the design of weapon systems and equipment under an overarching Systems Engineering framework. Key benefits of parts management include reducing the proliferation of parts, enhancing system supportability and reducing total ownership costs.

The DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware supply chain, as a Standardization Management Activity (SMA) in accordance with DoD guidance, participates in the Defense Parts Management Program.

Details regarding the Defense Parts Management Program can be found at the Defense Standardization Program (DSP) website

For information regarding the Parts Management Program for DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware Commodities and the THDS Standardization Area, contact   

Item Reduction Program


The purpose of the Item Reduction Program is to reduce the number of sizes, and kinds, of items in the Federal Supply System that are generally similar in form, fit and function. Guidance for the Item Reduction Program is in the SD-23, Department of Defense Item Reduction Program.

The DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware supply chain, as a Standardization Management Activity (SMA), in accordance with DoD guidance, participates in the program. Details regarding the Item Reduction Program can be found at the Defense Standardization Program (DSP) website.

For information regarding the Item Reduction Program for DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware Commodities and the THDS Standardization Area, contact TSHardware Item   

Fastener headmarking registration


If you are a fastener manufacturer, and want to sell fasteners to DLA Troop Support or for use by DLA Troop Support's customers, you must have a "logo" stamped on your fasteners which provides traceability to you as the manufacturer.

To register your logo, download the DLA Troop Support Form 207 in Adobe PDF format. Complete the form and send it to the address below, along with a legible reproduction of your actual logo. You may refer us to a web site with your logo, you may send it in electronically, or you may send us a hardcopy.

For any questions concerning this program, email the program coordinator. The companies listed in the "Logo Approvals" table reflect those fastener manufacturers who have applied for registration and who have met the requirements of Military Handbook 57. This table is a current cumulative listing.

Thank you for your cooperation, and please visit the Qualified Suppliers List page if you intend to produce competitive class 3 or class 2 threaded fasteners, and/or rivets.

Send completed form and logo image to:

DLA Troop Support
ATTN: DLA Troop Support-NASA
700 Robbins Ave., Bldg 6/D
Philadelphia, PA 19111-5092

- OR -

MIL Handbook 57 Logo Approvals Table (updated January 29, 2021)

Value Management (VM) Program


Value Management (VM) is an overarching program that was established by Office of Federal Procurement Policy for the purpose of reducing costs, increasing productivity and quality and improving reliability and maintainability.

VM is an effort that analyzes functions of systems subsystems, equipment, services and supplies for achieving the essential functions at the lowest life cycle cost consistent with required performance, reliability, quality and safety.

Industrial Hardware maintains a VM Program with an operational engineering group to support the Program. Several functional areas of the VM Program provide services that are oriented toward reducing the costs of items yet maintaining the necessary safety, quality, reliability, and maintainability aspects of items.

Some of the Value Management programs supported at DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware are:

  • Value Engineering (VE)
  • Price Challenge
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Sustaining Engineering
  • Should Cost
  • Spares parts Breakout
  • Change Proposal (VECP)
  • Replenishment Parts Purchase or Borrow (RPPOB) Program

Industry and government employees may submit VE/VM requests for assistance through the Value Engineering Assistance Request Module.
NOTE: To access the ARM tool, first time users without a DoD Common Access Card (CAC) must register for access through DLA’s Account Management and Provisioning System (AMPS).

For information regarding the VM, program for DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware Commodities contact


Qualified Suppliers List for Manufacturers (QSLM) | Qualified Suppliers List for Distributors (QSLD)

This qualification program encompasses the best industry practices and incorporates these elements into the DLA Troop Support Construction & Equipment & Industrial Hardware supply chains' acquisition process. Through the program, we pre-qualify manufacturers and/or distributors to supply certain items based on an assessment of the provider's applied process controls. Applicants must demonstrate that the controls which they have in-place and in-use on a daily basis comply with the established QSL criteria, providing maximum assurance that the products procured conform to specification and contractual requirements. The table below links to the criteria, provisions, and application forms for the six QSL commodities. (Note that the same forms are used for initial qualification, 3-year renewal, revision and re-qualification following removal or disapproval.)

Visit the QSLM/QSLD page for full descriptions and lists of criteria & provisions, qualified companies and a list of removed companies.

Technical Support Programs and Areas

Organic Manufacturing Program


The Organic Manufacturing (OM) Office at DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware utilizes the OM process as a supplemental tool to the spares procurement process. The decision to use an in-house or organic’ source of supply may be based on high costs for low quantity purchases, long production lead-times by private industry, diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages (DMSMS), or a lack of bids from private industry.

The OM Office assists the Procuring Agency in establishing relationships with defense manufacturers, assesses expertise, confirms quality assurance and technical protocols for public manufacturing organizations and oversees project order implementation.

The main functions of the OM Office at DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware include:

•  Coordinate with organic manufacturing sites;
•  Authenticate and validate part information;
•  Follow-up on request for quotes and project orders;
•  Serve as the central POC for all communications to track projects;
•  Maintain a listing of OM sites, POCs and their capabilities;
•  Maintain database of DLA Troop Support-Industrial Hardware NSNs manufactured organically;
•  Promote the process within DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware and organic sites; and,
•  Work with DLA HQ to develop and update OM policy for DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware  and DoD.

For more information related to the Organic Manufacturing Program related to DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware Commodities contact

Government Furnished Property/Tooling/Equipment


For information related to GFP/GFT/GFE on Industrial Hardware awards, contact the contracting officer listed on the award documentation and ask for the contract administrator for the contract.  

For information in general related to GFP/GFT/GFE to DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware Commodities contact TrpSptHardwareGFP@DLA.MIL

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) & Hazardous Warning Labels (HWL)


All Material safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) must cite the solicitation number and the applicable CAGE code of the manufacturer, part number, and, where so identified, the National Stock Number (NSN). For general information on MSDS and HWLs related to Industrial Hardware commodities contact

For information related to the following on DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware awards, contact the contract administrator:

The emblem for the HMIRS applicationHazardous Materials Information Resource System (HMIRS) Next Generation (NextGen)

Log into the HMIRS application
(A Department of Defense Common Access Card is required for access)

The Hazardous Materials Information Resource System (HMIRS) is a FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) product. Unauthorized distribution of this product or its contents is strictly prohibited and may be punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000.

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Packaging

The DLA Packaging Home page provides general packaging information, tips, tools, links and basic guidance.

It is DLA Policy that materiel will be procured, received, stored, and shipped with adequate, continuous protection at the lowest overall cost.

Packaging requirements are developed and applied to support the needs of the ultimate consignee. Materiel will be procured, fully packaged in a ready-for-issue state. State-of-the-art materials, processes, and equipment will be used to the maximum extent possible. Vendors are encouraged to use state-of-the-art materials, processes, and equipment in accordance with contract requirements. 

Vendor Inquiries on Contractual Requirements (DIBBS)
The primary contact for all contractors/vendors is the contracting officer.  Vendors should submit a Post Award Request (PAR) for any question (packaging related or other) using the Post Award Request (PAR) link on DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS).

DLA Packaging and Marking Guide 2021 (PDF)
The DLA packaging and marking guide was created to provide vendors with the basics of understanding DLA packaging requirements.  This guide will be updated periodically based on input from the packaging field and feedback from vendors.

Provides information concerning DLA palletization requirements.

MIL-STD-129 Examples
Provides examples unit package, intermediate container, and exterior container identification and bar code markings.

Military Standards and Specifications (Quick Search)
Quick Search is a public website that lets users search for defense and federal specifications and standards, military handbooks, commercial item descriptions, data item descriptions, MS detail drawings, Qualified Product Lists (QPLs), and related technical documents prepared in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Defense Standardization Program (DSP).

Medical Items - DLA Troop Support Managed Materiel
DLA Troop Support Managed Materiel-Provides marking standards, packaging specifications and other information specific to medical materiel and cold chain management.

Electrostatic Discharge Sensitive (ESDS)
General information for ESDS to include why ESDS items are sensitive, the required method of preservation, approved packaging materials, and work station requirements.

Hazardous Material Management System-Performance Oriented Packaging (HMMS-POP) Access Request Instructions
Provides instructions for requesting access to HMMS-POP.

DLA Approved Commercial Packaging
Approved commercial packaging permits use of non-specification materials. ASTM D3951, Standard Practice for Commercial Packaging, provides standard commercial guidelines and will be utilized when specified by the contract/purchase order.


Shelf Life


Shelf life products are effective, usable or suitable for consumption for a limited time period. They are expected to deteriorate or become unstable to the degree that a storage period must be assigned to ensure the material will perform satisfactorily in service. DLA includes applicable shelf life clauses in solicitations and contracts. Specifying a maximum age on delivery will help to ensure that the customer receives products with the maximum shelf life remaining, resulting in more effective use of these products.

Industrial Hardware participates in the Shelf Life Management Program in accordance with DoD Manual 4140.27 Volume 1 and Volume 2.

  • For questions regarding the shelf life for a specific award or solicitation, contact the assigned contracting officer or contract administrator.
  • For questions regarding the shelf life code determination for Industrial Hardware commodities, contact

Engineering Support Request Process


Since June 1991, the 339 Records Management System Program, available through the DLA Enterprise External Business Portal (EEBP), gives military Engineering Support Activities online access in one place to access Engineering Support Requests.

The DLA EEBP provides industry and military service personnel with centralized access to DLA Business Services. If this is your first time using the portal, or if you are looking for more in-depth directions about how to use the portal, please see the DLA EEBP job aid.

  • For further information about the 339 Records Management System Program or DLA EEBP in general, including access, see the DLA Enterprise External Business Portal (EEBP) webpage.
  • For questions regarding a DD339 related to a specific award or solicitation, contact the contract administrator.
  • For information about the 339 Records Management Program specifically related to Industrial Hardware commodities contact the Industrial Hardware 339 focal point at:

Alternate Offers / Source Approval Requests


If vendors/suppliers wish to supply their own part and be recognized as an approved source, they will have to submit a bid as an Alternate Offer/Bid. 

For "T" and "U" solicitations, the following applies:

Offers of alternate products will not be evaluated for the current procurement (see DLAD 52.217-9002 - Conditions for Evaluation and Acceptance of Offers for Part Numbered Items)

Vendors/suppliers may submit a request to the location below for evaluation of the alternate products technical acceptability for future procurements of the same item. The request for evaluation shall cite the National Stock Number (NSN) of the exact product and the applicable level of technical data on the alternate and exact products. All offers of alternate product will be handled in accordance with DLAD 17.7501(b) (4).

Additional Information Concerning DLA Troop Support Technical Data


For information or support regarding DLA Troop Support technical data please, email

Please note that for security and legal reasons, DLA Troop Support will not email any technical data.  All data must be accessed via DLA Collaboration Folders (cFolders) at DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS).

 We also do not provide Industry or Government Specifications or Standards. Government and military specs/standards can be accessed via Assist Online.

*If your issue pertains to Export Controlled data (including not being able to view), please note the following before emailing:

DLA has enhanced its Joint Certification Program (JCP) registration and validation procedures. Selected National Stock Numbers (NSNs) will require additional permissions to access the associated technical data. In the event a vendor cannot access the technical data for a NSN in DLA folders, the vendor must submit a onetime request to for technical data access consideration. If a vendor has inquiries after having submitted required information to the JCP office, these inquiries are to be directed to

DLA processes the vendor’s technical data request on a first come, first served basis. Failure to comply timely with required information may result in lack of consideration for DLA solicitations. It is vitally important that vendors provide correct company official name(s) and contact information in all correspondence. DLA will work diligently on validating vendor requests. Vendors will be notified within 3 business days of when their requests were approved. However, DLA cannot guarantee that it can complete all validation requests by the due date for any solicitation responses.