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25 Examples

25.1 Purpose or rationale

Examples illustrate concepts presented in the document. The document shall be usable without the examples.


25.2 Title

Examples do not have a title, but they can, if necessary, be grouped into a clause or subclause entitled "Example" or "Examples" (see 25.6 , which is titled "Examples").


25.3 Numbering and subdivision

Within a given clause or subclause, examples shall be numbered sequentially. The numbering restarts at each new subdivision. A single example in a subdivision shall not be numbered.


25.4 Referencing

When examples are referred to, use for example, the following forms for references:

  • "see 6.6.3, Example 5";
  • "Clause 4, Example 2 lists …".

25.5 Specific principles and rules

Examples shall not contain requirements (use of "shall") or any information considered indispensable for the use of the document, for example instructions (imperative mood), recommendations (use of "should") or permission (use of "may"). Examples should be written as a statement of fact.


An example can cite text to illustrate a point. If the cited text contains requirements, recommendations and permissions, this is acceptable.


25.6 Examples




The generic model can be applicable to other possible manufacturing operations categories or for other operations areas within the enterprise.


EXAMPLE A company can apply the model to receiving operations management and associated services.




In national implementation of International Standards, the international designation shall be used without change. However, the national standard identification may be inserted between the description block and the International Standard number block.


EXAMPLE If the international designation of a screw is


Slotted pan screw ISO 1580-M5 × 20-4,8


its national designation can be


Slotted pan screw VN 4183-ISO 1580-M5 × 20-4,8


if VN 4183 is the identification of the national standard corresponding to ISO 1580 which has been adopted without change.