Standardization is a significant factor in achieving cost reduction in design, manufacturing, and field operations. In addition, it contributes to the enhancement of reliability and maintainability. In spite of these advantages it has failed to achieve full acceptance and support. Greater acceptance and support can be realized with a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of standardization. It is within the power of the user of standards to minimize some of the faults that presently exist and thus more fully realize the benefits of standardization.