technical specifications[′tek·nə·kəl ‚spes·ə·fə′kā·shənz]
a document, included as part of the technical documentation of an industrial product, that states the technical requirements for the product, rules for acceptance and delivery, testing methods, and conditions for operation, transportation, and storage.
Technical requirements define a product’s basic parameters and dimensions, properties or performance characteristics, quality indices, and the complete product system, which includes spare parts, materials, and documents. The rules for acceptance and delivery state the procedure and conditions for carrying out control testing when the manufacturing plant submits the product for delivery and the client accepts it. The section on testing methods (testing, analyses, and measurements) establishes the following: methods for determining all parameters and characteristics of the product corresponding to the relevant standards and requirements; rules for sampling or testing and for the selection of equipment, instruments, materials, and reagents; and procedures for preparing and conducting tests, analyses, and measurements and methods used to process the results. The section covering conditions for operation, transportation, and storage contains instructions on assembly, installation, and use of the product; rules for packing and transportation; and permissible locations, conditions, and durations of storage.
Technical specifications may pertain to individual types of products or to groups of products.
In the USSR technical specifications are compiled in accordance with All-Union State Standards and are confirmed and registered by bodies of Gosstandart (the USSR State Committee for Standards). Technical specifications remain in force for a limited period of time. When a certain level of production is attained, they are replaced by All-Union State Standards based on the original technical specifications.
V. N. KVASNITSKII