Matt, I spend 4 hours a day translating MIL-STD-2073 specs for the rest of my estimating team, I wrote that packaging spec as fast as I could off of memory, not any need or requirement.
And I totally agree, I essentially mark P&S down about 70% and I still only have a 10% success rate with DLA jobs.
all it does is inflate the cost for something that is not important. this is my peeve with 'engineers' who forget to alter the tolerances on a print... we quote it and they wonder why it is so high.. then we mention the 0.002 tolerances all aver the place and they say 'oops'... waste of our time.
we make adjustable control arms for rock-crawlers. we make 'tunable' control arms for dragsters and other types race-cars...
i am not interested in this project, though.
Thank you all for interest and input on this, your suggestions and reminders will be helpful when I need other items made in the future. This job has been awarded.