Managing the Shelf Life of Type II Materials

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Recent research looked at the costs of procuring Type II hazardous materials at six U.S. Air Force bases and potential courses of action to extend their useable shelf life, while also minimally disrupting current practices.

The Materiel Command study focused on materials that could have their shelf life extended, otherwise known as Type II materials. Type I materials cannot be extended. From the broad description of materials, six stock classes of Type II materials were analyzed: chemicals, cleaners, paints, adhesives, sealants, and petroleum and grease. These expire in large quantities due to purchasing patterns and shelf life restrictions, and therefore, have the greatest cost-saving potential.


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[*] Author note: At the time of publication 1st Lt Kaitlyn Barry was an AFIT graduate student.

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