Technical Data Sheet (TDS)

Definition - What does Technical Data Sheet (TDS) mean?

A technical data sheet (TDS) is a document provided with a product that lists various pieces of information about the product. Oftentimes, technical data sheets include product composition, methods of use, operating requirements, common applications, warnings and pictures of the product.

A technical data sheet may also be known as a product data sheet.

Corrosionpedia explains Technical Data Sheet (TDS)

A technical data sheet (TDS) is used for both informational and advertising purposes. From an informational standpoint, a TDS has useful tips about product, such as how to use it, what it is made of, things to be wary of while using the product, and its official name and industry standard specifications. From a marketing standpoint, it may contain pictures and colorful illustrations as well as entire sections describing the benefits that the product will deliver to the end user.

A TDS is not to be confused with a material safety data sheet (MSDS). The goal of the MSDS is to specifically inform the end user of any dangers that the product may present. This is not the goal of the TDS, although it may include several safety considerations. Furthermore, material safety data sheets must follow a set template guided by an industry standard, whereas a technical data sheet can be presented at the discretion of the product manufacturer and contain whatever information they deem suitable. Many countries mandate that a material or product have a MSDS; most do not require a TDS.

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