New standard for engineering drawings

21 Feb 2017
BS 8888 covers all the information that engineers and designers need to include on their drawings

BS 8888 covers all the information that engineers and designers need to include on their drawings

BSI, the British standards company, has revised BS 8888:2017 –Technical product documentation and specification, providing a comprehensive update to the UK’s national framework standard for engineering drawings and geometrical tolerancing.

BS 8888 defines the requirements for the technical specification of products and their component parts. It covers all the information that engineers and designers need to include on their drawings, whether they are produced in 2D or in 3D, created using CAD systems or 3D modelling.

Dan Palmer, head of market development for manufacturing and services, said: “The benefits of BS 8888 include improved productivity, reduced costs, and enhanced quality. For industry, this can mean fewer disputes over compliance or noncompliance of components, reduced scrap and re-works rates, and fewer queries due to incomplete specifications.”

The revised standard aims to help UK industry move over more fully to the ISO system of geometrical product specification.

Having been restructured and simplified, it aims to assist UK industry to use the 200 or more international standards on documentation, specification and verification.

The updated standard is expected to be particularly useful to mechanical engineers, engineering designers and design engineers in the UK, working in engineering and manufacturing companies, particularly in defence, aerospace, automotive, rail, nuclear and other general manufacturing sectors.

It will also benefit independent design consultancies or design agencies are also set to benefit from BS 8888.

Leading UK organizations such as Airbus, Sellafield, Jaguar Land Rover, and BAE Systems are all represented on the committee responsible for BS 8888.

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