III Corps and Fort Hood
Current washer stations in the helicopter maintenance area at Fort Hood use PD-680, which is a hazardous solvent. The installation researched alternative technologies for replacement and discovered that a terpene based alternative met specific needs of the military.
Inland Technologys "Breakthrough" was chosen as the alternative to the previous hydrocarbon-based solvent. This solvent performs as well or better than PD-680. While "Breakthrough" appears to be an acceptable alternative, the real advantage being evaluated at Fort Hood is the use of "Breakthrough" in new parts washer stations that include on-board closed-loop filtration technology. These stations are used to clean aviation equipment, weapons, and ground equipment.
By using parts washer stations with a solvent filtering mechanism, Fort Hood expects to extend the use of solvent from 16 months to two or more years.
Details of Reductions
Additional Information :
To date, Fort Hood has reduced solvent purchases by more than 70%.