NATO CODIFICATION SYSTEM (NCS)
The NCS applies two basic rules:
|that each item of supply will have a
single unique number|
(ONE ITEM - ONE NUMBER)
|that the National Codification Bureau
(NCB) of the producing nation|
codifies the items of supply produced by that nation, regardless of
which nation is the end user. This applies even if the producer
does not use the item.
List of items of production complying with the item of supply concept -
NATO Commercial and Governmental Entity Code (NCAGE) and respective
reference number. Various codes are associated with these references:
|Reference Number Variation code (RNVC)|
indicating whether the cited Reference Number is or is not
identifying or is for information only;
|Reference Number Category Code (RNCC)|
specifying the type of reference = part number, standard
technical drawing reference number, etc;
|Document Availability Code (DAC)|
designating the current status of technical documentation
|Reference Number Action Activity Code (RNAAC)|
identifying the codifier responsible for the codification;
|Reference Number Status Code (RNSC)|
indicating the admissibility of the reference for procurement;
|Major Organisational Entity Code (MOE - Code)|
identifying the users of the item of supply :
YB = SPAIN; YJ = SINGAPORE; etc....
Each Group covers a series of related Classes
Each Class covers a relatively homogeneous area of commodities, with
respect to their physical or performance characteristics, or with
respect that the items included therein are such that they are usually
requisitioned or issued together or constitute a related grouping for
supply management purposes.
An approved item name is selected and carefully
delimited to designate a family of items of supply with similar
characteristics mostly determined by a definition.
Within the NCS the term MANUFACTURER covers the
whole range of possible sources for technical data for items entering
the supply systems of participating nations.
Items of supply are described in guides used by all
Descriptions are coded such that they may be stored and transmitted by
computerised means. These coded descriptions can be translated into any
language using a suitable decoding tool.
A pictorial representation may be present.
Management data covers all fields of logistics:
supply, issue, maintenance, applicability, interchangeability, storage
and packaging, handling criteria, hazards, usage, and disposal, etc...