Alternatives for More Effective Degreasing and Parts Reclamation

NCMS Project #: 142031

Problem: Many mechanical parts are packaged covered in thick grease and other substances.  Today, when an operator or mechanic opens the packaging, there is no quick and effective way to remove the grease and reclaim the part.  Instead, manufacturing or maintenance work ceases and the part must be disassembled and thoroughly cleaned before it can be safely and properly installed without causing injuries to personnel or further maintenance issues.  This is a very labor-intensive, time consuming and dangerous process which exposes personnel to chemicals and other hazards that can cause injuries, health issues, and damage the environment. 

Benefit: This technology has a wide application, and the results of the demonstration can be shared with every manufacturing facility and repair shop across a wide range of commercial industries and the public sector.  Commercial industries such as aerospace, medical, helicopter and aircraft, oil equipment and semiconductor industries all have precision parts that need to be cleaned effectively without damaging the components.

Solution/Approach: New advanced technologies and processes involving vapor ultrasonic degreasers and methods provide the most promise to mitigate this issue.  This initiative seeks to pilot a new approach for Army depots and arsenals to effectively degrease and reclaim parts.  The intent is to find the best technology and processes that will save significantly on long-term costs, increase the availability of parts needed at depots and for maintenance and sustainment activities across other organizations.  Results from this initiative will be compared to current depot and arsenal processes, costs, and impacts to employee health and the environment.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce maintenance and labor costs
  • Expand parts availability
  • Decrease accidents and health issues
  • Improve maintenance worker safety
  • Diminish environmental impacts
  • Increase warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army PEO Ground Combat System
  • U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command Integrated Logistics Support Center
  • Anniston Army Depot

Industry Participation:

  • NCA Consultants LLC
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Safety
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Other