STANDARDIZATION of greases for military vehicles has led to a reduction in the number of greases used by the Army from nine to four, and Major Faust suggests that this number may even be reduced to three after the necessary service tests have been run.
The development work attending the standardization program also has led to more satisfactory greases. For instance, one type of grease procured by the Army became so stiff in winter that it couldn't be handled by the dispensing equipment, a difficulty that has since been rectified.
There has been one application, however, where failures are occurring under the tough conditions of battle, due to the fact that the grease has not long enough life. This grease is used in the wheel bearings of amphibian equipment. The matter is now receiving careful consideration to determine whether it is possible to improve the present grease or whether it may be necessary to develop an altogether different product.