Federal Standard Fed-Std Color Specification, Fan Decks and Paint Chips for Sale. The Federal Standard color system, officially the Federal Standard C – Colors Used in Government Procurement, is a United States Federal Standard for colors, issued by the General Services Administration. The standard is also widely referred to as FED-STD, FS, or similar. chip in its protective envelope for each Fed-Std color, suitable for color After the publication of this standard, only color chips marked Fed-StdC.

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Federal Standard is the color description and communication system developed in by the United States government.

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Its origins reach back to World War II when a stc of providing exact color specifications to military equipment subcontractors in different parts of the world became a matter of urgency. Similarly to other color standards of the pre-digital era, such as RAL colour standard or British StandardFederal Standard is a color collection rather than a color space.

The standard is shd upon a set of color shades where a unique reference number is assigned to each color.


This collection is then printed on sample color chips and provided to interested parties. In contrast, modern color systems such as the Natural Color System NCS are built upon a color space paradigm, providing for much more syd and wider range of applications.

Each color in the Federal Standard range is identified by a five-digit code. The colors in the standard have no official names, just numbers.

Revision A issued in January counted colors. Current Revision B Change 1 from January counts colors. Federal Standard C was published January 16, dtd No previous colors were removed. Thirty-nine new colors were added for a total of colors. On July 31, C Change Order 1 was published, changing the numbers of eight of colors added in revision C. As before, all color matching must still be done via color reference chips.

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This can lead to considerable confusion when a color is called out by contract. Previous revisions had only added colors, so a color chosen out of A would still be accurate if the producer used a B fan deck in any of its revisions.

Many prime contractors, such as L3, require the Federal Standard paint chips used for inspection purposes be replaced every two years. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Parts of this article those related to standard superseded in need to be updated.


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