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Control FOD on runways with a magnetic sweeper.
Airport Foreign Object Debris or (FOD) is too costly to ignore.
Foreign Object Debris (FOD) and damage prevention is a major concern to military aviation. It costs the US navy almost $90 million a year. Military FOD can be either ferrous debris such as metal screws etc. or non-ferrous such as stones. Sometimes the act of removing dirt, snow or debris can itself cause a debris problem in the form of broken steel brush bristles.
For this reason the need for control of debris at military airports is high.
The damage, delays and disruptions caused by FOD justifies almost all efforts to reduce these negative consequences including sweeping with a magnetic sweeper as part of the FOD control efforts.
There is simply some debris that can only be picked up by a magnetic sweeper such as the steel bristles off of steel brush sweeping units used in other FOD control efforts or used in snow removal efforts.
How to control FOD
FOD comes in many forms and can be ferrous (nuts and bolts) and nonferrous (stones).
FOD control is normally attempted by sweeping with broom type brushes, magnetic sweepers, vacuum trucks, visual inspection as well as other methods. Some debris such as broken off wire bristles from sweeper trucks cannot be picked up easily by anything other than a magnetic sweeper.
Magnetic sweepers are just one tool used in the fight against FOD, but an important one and one that can be easily deployed, working silently while operations continue.
Types of Military FOD Magnets
Tow Behind Magnets
Tow behind magnets are hitched to a tow vehicle such as a truck only when needed and then put away again. Sweeping with these units is a distinct and separate activity undertaken in addition to other activities.
Hanging magnets are hung from a wide range of vehicles or pieces of equipment on a permanent basis. Sweeping with these units takes place while other normal activities are carried out resulting in no additional labor costs for sweeping for FOD. Hanging magnets may be front, mid, or rear mounted.
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We have manufactured and developed application driven magnetic products since 2005.
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Selection of Military FOD Magnets
Military FOD Magnet Comparison Table
Wrasse 2" x 5"
Wrasse 3" x 3"
Wrasse 4.5" x 4.5"
|Maximum Lifting Height||10 1/2"||4 3/4"||6"||8 1/2"||9"||6"||9 1/4"||16"|
|Sweeper Weight||P96 = 678 lbs|
P120 = 832 lbs
|24lbs, 35lbs, 47lbs, 58lbs, 70lbs, 81lbs, 93lbs||28lbs, 40lbs, 53lbs 65lbs, 77lbs, 89lbs,102lbs,||65lbs, 93lbs, 120lbs, 148lbs, 175lbs, 203lbs, 230lbs||210 lbs, 251 lbs, 292 lbs, 332 lbs||42 lbs, 54 lbs, 66 lbs, 79 lbs, 91 lbs, 103 lbs||126 lbs, 160 lbs, 193 lbs, 227 lbs, 260 lbs, 293 lbs||3500 lbs|
|Sweeper Widths||P96 = 72" sweeping width|
P120 = 96" sweeping width
|26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||62", 74", 86", 98"||38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||68"|
|Sweeper Height Adjustment||2 to 3″ clearance with sweepers down, 6.5” clearance when traveling with sweepers up and not in use.||Change suspension height by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 3".||Change suspension height by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 4".||Change suspension height by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 5".||Continuously adjustable.||Change suspension height by raising or lowering the hanging chains to a maximum of 4"||Change suspension height by raising or lowering the hanging chains to a maximum of 5"||2”-7” Using On-board Hydraulics and Adjustable Height Stops|
|Sweeper Wheel Type||20.5" x 8.5" - 5 bolt wheels||None||None||None||5” Dynatread Thermoplastic Rubber wheels with polypropylene hubs and 5/8 inch ball bearings rated at 300 lbs capacity each.||7" diamond tread lawnmower wheel with steel hub and 1/2 inch ball bearings||5" Dynatread Thermoplastic Rubber Wheels with Polypropylene Hubs and 5/8 inch ball bearings rated at 300 lbs capacity each||10 ply (3520lbs each) rated highway trailer tires|
|Clean Off Method||Slingjaw clean off system. Magnetic housing rotates up side down, debris falls into debris holding trays.||Wipe clean with glove or rag.||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Also available with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory.||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Also available with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory.||Comes standard with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Optional Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory also available.||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Optional Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory also available.||Hydraulic|
|Terrain Surface||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||All Terrain||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||All Terrain|
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