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Marine Corps Systems Command


Marine Corps Systems Command

Equipping our MARINES

MCB Quantico, Va.

Corrosion Prevention Products and Materials

Objective:  To provide a process which will allow rapid deployment of promising technology with the ability to transition the products to Military Specifications (MIL-SPECs) or Commercial Item Descriptions (CIDs) as necessary. Additionally, the process will allow continuous comparison of currently approved products with those being considered thereby allowing the CPAC program to control, maintain, and update these standards as needed.

Background:  Throughout the USMC, coatings and corrosion preventative compounds (CPCs) are applied by maintenance personnel, Marines, or by the OEM to prolong the life of USMC equipment. The facilities available for this work, which may be located throughout the world, range from open-air parking lots to multi-million dollar coating application operations. Because of the diverse nature of these facilities and the differing requirements for the various locations there is a continuous need for new products, which address these needs.

Currently, new products enter into USMC processes in an uncontrolled manner unqualified products may be purchased locally through a retail source or may be provided directly by the manufacturer. Alternatively, if products are authorized, they may have been authorized for other purposes or end users and may or may not be appropriate for the alternate uses. While many of these unauthorized products are used simply because they are readily available, others fill genuine needs of a particular location (e.g. VOC requirements). The ability to obtain official recommendations for these products is difficult or impossible with current coating testing processes in the CPAC program.

In general, this process requires that the need for a coating or CPC be determined by CPAC or an end user before testing can begin. Then, funding must be obtained from the CPAC program, or other sources, to perform the testing. Typically, full testing for a coating will take at least a year to complete at this level. The creation of a specification will frequently take two to three years because of additional testing requirements. This causes a serious problem for ISO certified organizations, which require that authorized procedures be maintained for all of their processes. A process with quick turn-around and effective screening capabilities is required to address the shortcomings of the current process. The CPPM will fulfill this role for the USMC.

1. Develop test matrices for four product types (e.g. primer, topcoat, underbody coating, CPC) which include actual testing requirements and acceptance criteria. Provide report outlining the test matrices.

2. Solicit CPAC customers for potential products.

3. Begin Need Based testing. Perform literature search, determine NEHC requirements, and perform laboratory testing on up to six products. Report as testing is completed.

4. Develop documentation MIL-SPECs and CIDs will be created as necessary to support implementation of products in technical documentation.

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