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(Green Coatings) U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Safer Alternatives for Readiness (SAFR) Program: Modernizing Army Coatings Technologies

The U.S. Army maintains a global presence and is required to abide by environmental safety and occupational health regulations and restrictions in all operating environments. As a result, coatings technology advancements and improvements must stay ahead of ever increasing and changing requirements. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Safer Alternatives for Readiness (SAFR) program has funded efforts to formulate coatings free of ingredients including n-methylpyrrolidone/NMP, isocyanates, and chromium, while updating specifications to allow for new formulations and promoting their implementation Army-wide. 

Product Number: 59-COAT_DEC21
Author: Jacquelynn Fenyak / Jensen Hughes
Publication Date: 2021
Industry: Coatings
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The U.S. Army maintains a global presence and is required to abide by environmental safety and occupational health regulations and restrictions in all operating environments. As a result, coatings technology advancements and improvements must stay ahead of ever increasing and changing requirements. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Safer Alternatives for Readiness (SAFR) program has funded efforts to formulate coatings free of ingredients including n-methylpyrrolidone/NMP, isocyanates, and chromium, while updating specifications to allow for new formulations and promoting their implementation Army-wide. The DEVCOM SAFR program prevents regrettable substitutions by involving the U.S. Army Public Health Center early during technology development. Novel coatings must not only meet but ideally increase performance without the use of these harmful components to increase readiness as restrictions threaten the availability of products or processes, especially if a replacement technology is not already in place. Efficient and safe coatings removal technologies are also required to eliminate the danger to worker health and reduce costly and potentially harmful waste. Technology validation efforts and the adoption of standard industry practices are controlled by Army policies, specifications, and standards, sometimes necessitating different coatings solutions than those developed for the other Services. For over 20 years the SAFR program has brought together researchers from government and academic institutions to field technologies for Army-unique requirements, successfully stepping the gap between development and implementation with support for projects at all technical readiness levels.

The U.S. Army maintains a global presence and is required to abide by environmental safety and occupational health regulations and restrictions in all operating environments. As a result, coatings technology advancements and improvements must stay ahead of ever increasing and changing requirements. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Safer Alternatives for Readiness (SAFR) program has funded efforts to formulate coatings free of ingredients including n-methylpyrrolidone/NMP, isocyanates, and chromium, while updating specifications to allow for new formulations and promoting their implementation Army-wide. The DEVCOM SAFR program prevents regrettable substitutions by involving the U.S. Army Public Health Center early during technology development. Novel coatings must not only meet but ideally increase performance without the use of these harmful components to increase readiness as restrictions threaten the availability of products or processes, especially if a replacement technology is not already in place. Efficient and safe coatings removal technologies are also required to eliminate the danger to worker health and reduce costly and potentially harmful waste. Technology validation efforts and the adoption of standard industry practices are controlled by Army policies, specifications, and standards, sometimes necessitating different coatings solutions than those developed for the other Services. For over 20 years the SAFR program has brought together researchers from government and academic institutions to field technologies for Army-unique requirements, successfully stepping the gap between development and implementation with support for projects at all technical readiness levels.

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