Original Date: 04/06/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Shelf Life Extension Program
Many of the materials (e.g., paints, other coatings, lubricants) used at the Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) have expiration dates set by the manufacturer. This date is more often associated with limiting the manufacturers’ liability than with the quality of the product, and often does not reflect the potential for degradation of the product. Many of these materials are useable within the original specifications long after the manufacturers’ expiration date. The Shelf Life Extension Program uses available information on the potential for degradation of specific materials and the materials’ original specifications to extend the useful life of materials that would otherwise often be disposed of as hazardous waste.
Materials are tested against a series of quality standards, and even if past the useable life, can be extended by a period specific to each material. Multiple extensions may be approved, but testing and certification of product quality must be repeated for each extension. The results are savings in procurement costs for new materials, and in costs for disposal of useable materials.
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Point of Contact for this survey.