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One option is to have the equipment maintained or repaired
at an Army depot. This is for overhaul maintenance, though,
not daily, monthly or annual maintenance actions such as
lubricating equipment. Because it would require frequent
transportation of equipment to a depot to meet mission
readiness, this solution is not practical for equipment constantly used in the field, such as a weapon.
Another option is to add training to the current program so
the task can be performed in the field by the specific MOS.
Training is often used to address maintenance concerns, but
only as long as the maintenance is practical to perform in
the field and is cost effective.
Finally, a third option is to find a purchasing solution
based on R&D for equipment that is used in the field but is
causing the user more maintenance than the military wants
the user to have. This third option resulted in the DSL to
address weapon malfunctions that were placing a maintenance burden on the user.

More Change?
Now that the DSL solution testing shows operational success
in weapons, the traditional solution of CLP is being debated. A
February 2016 follow-up article on military.com titled "Army
Says Weapons Treated with Permanent Lube Will Eliminate
CLP" suggests the Army intends to apply the fix to additional
weapons but that wet lubricants will not be replaced completely: "DSL will apply mainly to bolts and bolt carriers and not to
charging handles, buffer springs and other weapons parts."
However, gradual change here could lead to changes to
other products and equipment. The article states that "maybe DSL will change everything. Time will tell. The Joint
Service Small Arms Program challenged the [U.S. Army
Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center
(ARDEC)] team to mature and transition the DSL technology to Project Manager Soldier Weapons by fiscal 2017."
The RDECOM article cited earlier states that "the DSL
material has potential application to numerous other armament systems, manufacturing machinery, and advanced
oil-free turbomachinery." Any change, even if not applied
large-scale, could affect how ILMA member companies do
business. Depending on where the Army focuses resources
into developing additional applications, in the near future
there could be opportunities for some markets, changes in
others or long-term stability.

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Some feedback from ILMA member companies suggests
there could be adjustments in sales if the military explored
more options for reduced-maintenance equipment. One
member company said, "As far as its impact on lubricant
manufacturers, it depends on the life span of reducedmaintenance equipment. If the equipment has a shortened
life span, then our industry may see a reduction in sales of
replacement lubricants." However, there is also the possibility that the equipment life cycle is reduced, which could
result in more sales, the company said.
The emphasis for most future programs, according to the
ILMA member company, "is higher performance."
Some recent changes involved using "single-use equipment," which does not require maintenance, the company
said. The single-use examples show the potential for increased equipment sales in lieu of replacement lubricants. "I
suppose you could stretch the definition of maintenance-free
to include such applications," the company said.
Some industries might be stable for years to come depending on what platforms their products support. Technolube®,
the 40-year-old MIL-SPEC division of Lubricating Specialties
Co. (LSC), manufactures products for military applications.
Rob Kress, senior vice president, and Tyler Jark, vice president
of sales, stated that "Technolube® specializes in hydraulic oils
for military applications, both aircraft and shipboard as well
as some additional MIL-SPEC applications."
Kress and Jark mentioned that LSC has two plants to
meet MIL-SPEC demands, a Vernon facility and Pico
Rivera facility, both in Los Angeles. They have not seen an
impact yet from a trend to reduce maintenance. However,
they have experienced "updated requirements and some revisions to the individual MIL-SPEC products." The changes
in requirements have been met by formulation and ingredient changes.

Monitoring the Trends
Monitoring and conducting R&D will continue to be
important in keeping up with trends in the military, such
as the move from CLP to DSL. As stated earlier, the Army
first started hearing about the weapon malfunctions in
2003, and it took until 2016 to develop a product and get
it through testing. This is not uncommon, according to one
ILMA member company: "Our industry is working with
the military on very long-term projects. It is not uncommon to see a gestation period of 10 years for new lubricants
designed to future applications."
Even though it is a slow-moving process, the results have
the potential to change how the industry does business.
Markel is a technical and freelance writer with experience authoring
OEM and DoD user manuals as well as training users on OEM and DoD
products. He can be reached at markel.j.p@gmail.com.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings July 2017

LETTER FROM THE CEO
INSIDE ILMA
WHAT’S COMING UP
INDUSTRY RUNDOWN
In the Know
Market Report
LATIN AMERICA’S LUBRICANT DEMAND
GLIDING INTO THE FUTURE
BUSINESS HUB
COUNSEL COMPOUND
WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE
IN NETWORK
Member Connections
Cross Connections
PORTRAIT
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ILMA Compoundings July 2017 - WHAT’S COMING UP
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