AXAREL® 2000, Petroferm Inc – Switch & Save for MIL-PRF-680!

Alternatives to AXAREL® 2000, MIL-PRF-680 and PD680 Solvents

AXAREL® 2000, made by Petroferm Inc. is 1 of 10 qualified products to MIL-PRF-680B Type II cleaner. All 10 qualified products are essentially odorless, low non-volatile residue (NVR) and ideal for cleaning weapon systems and aircraft components previously cleaned by PD680 solvents.

Ecolink Inc was the sole source supplier of MIL-PRF-680-Type-II for the majority of the last 10 years to the Defense Supply Center in Richmond (DSCR) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). During this time, we saved the US Government and its taxpayers “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
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Petroferm Inc are one of the last companies to qualify to MIL-PRF-680B Type II. Their military qualification number for AXAREL® 2000* is DS-0018. Ecolink’s military qualification number for New II is DS-0004. Military qualification numbers are assigned in order of qualification.  Need proof? Search by NSN, CAGE Code on and you will see no awards to Petroferm Inc for AXAREL® 2000 for MIL-PRF-680-Type-II during early to mid 2000’s.

This is a classic rematch of the tortoise [Ecolink Inc.] vs. hare [Petroferm Inc.].



Petroferm Inc. – not so fast! Ecolink Inc. has supplied MIL-PRF-680-Type-II for over 10 years!

Ecolink started working on their qualified product, New II, in the late 1990’s to replace the over-priced and uncontested Breakthrough Solvent, Breakthrough Cleaner. As a result of reducing total cost by almost 75%, Ecolink Inc earned the trust, respect and business of the Department of Defense, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney. In the early 2000’s, Petroferm courted Ecolink Inc for an acquisition. On September 11, 2001, Petroferm Inc. repealed their Letter of Intent. However, during the due diligence process, they learned of our sole source award for MIL-PRF-680-Type-II and interviewed all of our key employees, including our ex-Navy, military & government specialist.

Several years later we find Petroferm Inc qualified to MIL-PRF-680 Types I, II, III and IV. There is a saying that “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” Ecolink Inc feels ‘very’ flattered by Petroferm Inc’s imitation.

Ecolink Inc will match or beat any qualified product for MIL-PRF-680-Type-II. We operate a low overhead operation and can afford to guarantee best prices to our customers. Ecolink Inc. has been focused on our customer’s profit first since we were founded in 1991.

6850-01-474-2316 for MIL PRF 680 Type II in 55 Gal. Drum

6850-01-474-2317 for MIL PRF 680 Type II in 5 Gal. Pail

6850-01-378-0698 for MIL PRF 680 Type II in 15 Gal. Drum
6850-01-474-2319 for MIL PRF 680 Type II in 1 Gal

PD 680 vs. PRF 680 – Qualifed vs. Conforming Degreasing Solvents

Once upon a time PD 680 was the degreasing solvent of choice for military equipment maintenance.

Today, PD 680 generates approximately 600 Google searches every month. By contrast, PRF 680 generates approximately 60 Google searches every month. I’m fascinated to see how a 50 year old degreasing solvent widely used by Department Of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies for many types of routine maintenance cleaning applications receives 10 times the monthly search volume. Why is this so startling? Because PD 680 was CANCELED on December 13, 1999 and replaced by MIL-PRF-680B. 11 years later there is still a 10:1 search disparity for these highly consumed chemicals. Our goal is to detail the cost-benefit of both DOD maintenance chemicals and enlighten the combined 660 +/- monthly on-line searchers make well-informed buying decisions that calculate cost of chemical ownership vs. acquisition cost only.

MIL PRF 680 is the universally approved degreasing solvent


PD 680 is risky

PD 680 was canceled on December 13, 1999.



Here’s our theory why this trend continues despite a user survey for P-D-680 solvents and commercial alternative solvent evaluations completed during 1994-1995 where twenty-three (23) commercial solvents were identified as candidate alternative P-D-680 solvents. You read it right, almost 15 years ago and still twice as many monthly on-line searches!

A)   PD 680 is a LOT less expensive (30-40%) than PRF 680

B)   PD 680 works and has for more than 50 years. The ‘smell’ is familiar.

C)   PD 680, also known as Mineral Spirit Solvents, is readily available from a long list of suppliers

D)   PD 680 vs. PRF 680 has ‘minimal’ cost difference for disposal

Since 2000, Ecolink Inc supplied Mil PRF 680 Type II to the Department of Defense at a fraction of the cost (about 25%) of previous supplier, Inland Technology, replacing Breakthrough Cleaner. We are committed to educating military and aerospace consumers of these maintenance chemicals on the risks and liabilities of continued use of PD 680. MIL-PRF-680 still provides excellent solvency and currently listed as less hazardous solvent than PD 680, and meets the federal and local environmental laws (i.e., RCRA). PRF 680 degreaser solvents can and should be recycled which will reduce the waste stream.

Here’s our theory why PRF 680 will start to outpace monthly searches for General Purpose, Environmentally Compliant Solvents for Maintenance Cleaning of DOD Equipment.

A)   P-D-680 was CANCELED on December 13, 1999 and replaced by MIL-PRF-680B. US Military states that if a Technical Order has not been updated and continues to reference the use of P-D-680, MIL-PRF-680 is the accepted substitute.

B)   PRF 680 is on the QPL (Qualified Product List) and therefore complies and conforms to TACOM and TARDEC standards for degreasing solvents widely used by Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies for many types of routine maintenance cleaning applications

C)   MIL-PRF-680 products are also approved by —
Boeing as PSD 6-88 for BAC 5750 Solvent Cleaning (as optional to P-D-680 specification)
Pratt & Whitney as PMC 9001-1, -2, -7, -10 Stoddard Solvent (MIL-PRF-680, Type I, II or III)
Messier-Dowty (Maintenance Manuals)

D)   PRF 680 has lower aromatic content, which equates to lower odor and non-volatile residue.

E)   MIL-PRF-680 contains the same amount of VOC as PD 680 but does not contain Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs).

What’s Next?

Solvent emissions are regulated regionally and locally, with the Air Pollution Control Districts in California implementing the most stringent requirements.  The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) and other Air Quality Management Districts have imposed restrictions limiting the use of solvents with VOC content to no greater than 25 grams per liter for immersion cleaning processes unless the solvent is used in an airtight cleaning system. A need exists for a specification to classify and qualify products that are low-VOC and HAP-free to meet these new environmental regulations. This specification covers non-aqueous cleaning solvents that are free of hazardous air pollutants and contain a low amount (no more than 25 grams per liter) of volatile organic compounds for cleaning air, sea, and ground vehicle components and support equipment.  The requirements for the new specification include the following properties: non-ozone depleting substances (non-ODS), HAP-free, low-VOC (25 g/L), effective cleaning efficiency, non-toxic, compatible with metals and non-metal substrates, and safe to use.  The new specification will not replace MIL-PRF-680 totally but will target specific cleaning applications. The new specification consists of two types; Type I is intended for cleaning light soils such as oils and hydraulic fluids, and Type II is intended for cleaning heavy soils such as greases and carbon residues.

Stay tuned…


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6850-00-246-6112 5 gal

6850-01-474-2317 5 gal

6850-01-474-2719 55 gal

6850-01-474-2316 55 gal



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