Armories aboard MCBH installed weapons cleaning systems utilizing a non-toxic, non-OSHA listed solvent substitute for PD-680 called “Breakthrough”. This cleansing compound has been selected and designated by DoD for maintenance cleaning of weapons, aviation parts, and ground vehicles. This is the second Environmental Award for use of these systems. MCBH previously won the Secretary of Defense Environmental Security award in FY 1998 for these systems.
The enhanced cleansing properties of “Breakthrough”, paired with the exceptional filtering and multiple user-accommodating properties of the dip tank holding the solvent has reduced the time it takes to clean a weapon by over 50% (equating to a real-time savings of over two hours per weapon). With over 3,000 weapons cleaned each week at MCBH, some 360,000 hours are saved per year. That’s 7,000 hours per week, saved by just five parts washers. The estimated annual savings of over $4 million worth of Marine labor paid for the initial capital cost and the annual expenses in just 1 day.
Impact: Marine labor for cleaning weapons has been reduced by over 50%, equating to an impressive savings estimated at over 360,000 hours per year. Annual savings of $4 million in Marine labor would cover the capital and annual costs in 1 day.