Fast, aggressive control of airport FOD with a magnetic sweeper...
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Control Airfield FOD with a magnetic sweeper.
Airfield Foreign Object Debris or (FOD) is too costly to ignore.
Foreign object debris (FOD) is a substance, debris or article alien to a vehicle or system which would potentially cause damage. It can include many forms from ferrous nuts and bolts to nonferrous stones. Airfield FOD (Foreign Object Debris) damage can result in millions of dollars worth of damage to aircraft engines.
Internationally, airport FOD costs the aviation industry $13 billion dollars per year in direct plus indirect costs.
The indirect costs are as much as ten times the direct cost value, representing delays, aircraft changes, incurred fuel costs, unscheduled maintenance, and the like and causes expensive, significant damage to aircraft and parts and death and injury to workers, pilots and passengers.
How to control FOD
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.
Examples of airfield FOD include a wide range of items including aircraft parts, rocks, broken pavement, ramp equipment, parts from ground vehicles, garbage, maintenance tools, etc. mistakenly or purposely deposited on tarmac and/or runway surfaces, tools, bolts, metal shavings, lock wire, etc. mistakenly left behind inside aircraft during the manufacturing process or maintenance. FOD can include hail that can break windshields and damage or stop engines. Ice on the wings, propellers, or engine intakes is considered FOD. FOD can even be dust or ash clogging the air intakes (as in sandstorms in desert operating conditions or ash clouds in volcanic eruptions). For helicopters, this is also a major problem during a brownout.
Magnetic sweepers are just one tool used in the fight against airfield FOD, but an important one and one that can be easily deployed along with your other FOD strategies. Magnetic sweepers can work silently while operations continue.
About Bluestreak Equipment
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All of our products are designed and manufactured on site at our facilities in Ontario, Canada.
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We have manufactured and developed application driven magnetic products since 2005.
Working from rural southern Ontario, our business has grown and now sprawls over several properties using former agricultural buildings.
The maximum lifting height of the Airfield Magnets;
Best Magnetic Sweepers for Airfield FOD
Airfield FOD Magnet Comparison Table
Wrasse 2" x 5"
Wrasse 3" x 3"
Wrasse 4.5" x 4.5"
|Maximum Lifting Height||11"||4 3/4"||6"||8 1/2"||6"||9 1/4"|
|Sweeper Weight||P96 = 749 lbs|
P120 = 842 lbs
|24lbs, 35lbs, 47lbs, 58lbs, 70lbs, 81lbs, 93lbs||28lbs, 40lbs, 53lbs 65lbs, 77lbs, 89lbs,102lbs,||65lbs, 93lbs, 120lbs, 148lbs, 175lbs, 203lbs, 230lbs||42 lbs, 54 lbs, 66 lbs, 79 lbs, 91 lbs, 103 lbs||126 lbs, 160 lbs, 193 lbs, 227 lbs, 260 lbs, 293 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"||38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"|
|Sweeper Height Adjustment||No Adjustment. 3" clearance with sweepers down, 7" 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".||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"|
|Sweeper Wheel Type||20.5" x 8.5" - 5 bolt wheels||None||None||None||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|
|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.||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Also available with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory.||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.|
|Terrain Surface||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces|
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