1.1 This SAE Recommended Practice describes a unified numbering system (UNS) for metals and alloys which
have a "commercial standing" (see 6.1), and covers the procedure by which such numbers are assigned.
Section 2 describes the system of alphanumeric designations or "numbers" established for each family of
metals and alloys.
Section 3 outlines the organization established for administering the system.
Section 4 describes the procedure for requesting number assignment to metals and alloys for which UNS
numbers have not previously been assigned.
1.2 The UNS provides a means of correlating many nationally used numbering systems currently administered by
societies, trade associations, and individual users and producers of metals and alloys, thereby avoiding
confusion caused by use of more than one identification number for the same material; and by the opposite
situation of having the same number assigned to two or more entirely different materials. It provides, also, the
uniformity necessary for efficient indexing, record keeping, data storage and retrieval, and cross referencing.
1.3 A UNS number is not in itself a specification, since it establishes no requirements for form, condition, quality,
etc. It is a unified identification of metals and alloys for which controlling limits have been established in
specifications published elsewhere. (See 6.2.)