One of the strongest indicators of an industrial solvent’s effectiveness is what companies and organizations are known to use it. For example, degreasers and other solvents that are used by U.S. Military organizations typically receive high interest from non-military organizations for an obvious reason: they know that the military wouldn’t risk the quality of its operations on a mediocre degreaser or electric parts cleaner. In some cases, solvents used by military organizations are specifically created for military needs. But in other cases, military cleaning solvents can prove effective for a broad range of companies due the solvents’ wide application. Below, we list two military cleaning solvents that are beneficial to non-military companies and organizations.
Electron 296 (MIL-PRF-680A, Type IV)
Electron 296 is an environmentally preferred dielectric solvent that offers exceptional degreasing power without the aid of chlorinated solvents or other hazardous ingredients that are regulated by the EPA. The military uses Electron 296 for the general maintenance of DOD ground equipment, weapons, ground vehicles and aviation equipment. Electron 296 receives its dielectric strength from a unique high-grade oil distillate, allowing it to safely clean all electrical components and apparatuses. Electron 296 offers the following benefits compared to traditional electric parts cleaners: it contains no water; it leaves no residue; it is non-flammable; it contains no OSHA PEL or ACGIH TLV listed ingredients; it has a high dielectric strength (tested to 46,000 volts); and it contains no SARA or RCRA listed ingredients. Electron 296 should be used undiluted and can be sprayed or wiped onto surfaces. Electron 296 also works well in both filtered and unfiltered parts washers.
New II (MIL-PRF-680A, Type II)
New II is an environmentally preferred parts cleaner that offers exceptional degreasing power without the aid of chlorinated solvents or other hazardous ingredients that are regulated by the EPA. As with Electron 296, the military uses New II for the general maintenance of DOD ground equipment, weapons, ground vehicles and aviation equipment. New II receives its cleaning strength from a unique high-grade hydrocarbon that, combined with its other benefits, makes it ideal for cleaning all types of mechanical components and apparatuses. New II offers the following benefits compared to traditional heavy duty all purpose mechanical cleaners: it is odorless; it contains no water; it leaves no residue; it has a high flashpoint; and it conforms to a variety of corrosion test requirements. As with Electron 296, New II should be used undiluted. New II and is ideal for use in drum-mounted parts washers and immersion tanks (it should not be used in high-pressure enclosed cabinets) and can be sprayed or wiped onto surfaces.