The FOD*BOSS
Rapid Response Airfield Sweeper
A Revolutionary new system of removing FOD that sweeps faster and more efficiently than ever before. This remarkable speed sweeper controls FOD (Foreign Object Damage) such as nuts & bolts, washers, rivets, stones, loose baggage hardware, sand & empty drink containers.


Overview



A Revolutionary new system of removing FOD that sweeps faster and more efficiently than ever before. This remarkable speed sweeper controls FOD (Foreign Object Damage) such as nuts & bolts, washers, rivets, stones, loose baggage hardware, sand & empty drink containers.

The FOD*BOSS works by capturing debris as it passes over the tarmac.

The force of friction and a series of specially designed brushes scoop up foreign objects and hold them in an easy to empty mesh capture zone.

With a sweep width of 2.4 meter (8 feet), 4.8 meters (16 feet), or 7.2 meters (24 feet), you can clean up to 300,000 square meters (3 million square feet) per hour, at speeds from 6 kph (4 mph) to 40 kph (25 mph).

The FOD*BOSS is now standard equipment at international airports, military bases & local airstrips around the world.

   

The FOD* BOSS will collect all types of debris left behind by suction and vacuum sweepers, from large metallic objects to very fine sand.

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Design and Performance


* High Efficiency

This extraordinary patented sweeper is the only equipment designed exclusively for collecting FOD. Debris such as nuts and bolts, pavement fragments, washers, rivets, stones, sand and gravel is collected simply, inexpensively, with amazing speed and efficiency, and a pick-up rate un-matched by any other sweeper.


  

The 'FOD Walk' could become a thing of the past thanks to the efficiency of the FOD* BOSS.

* Easy to use, Compact and Portable

Easy to use by one person, it is simply towed by any motorised vehicle. No special licenses or skills are required. At low speeds using a compact tow vehicle, it can be used with complete safety right up to and around parked aircraft. The FOD* BOSS has no motor, no noise, is simple, reliable and can't break down. It is maintenance free and guaranteed. The complete unit including the special safety release tow hitch folds into a storage bag that measures 2.5 metres (8 feet 4 inches) long by 300 millimetres (12 inches) in diameter and has a total weight of less than 30 kg (66 lbs). In the event of a localised FOD emergency, the FOD* BOSS can be transported easily and rapidly to the site to deal with the problem ensuring minimum delay to aircraft operations.


* Low Cost

The low cost means it is affordable for the smallest Airports, allowing access to the same high standards of FOD control as those implemented by larger Airports, without the high capital and service costs of complex machinery. Regional Airports can now afford to have FOD sweeping equipment available 24 hours a day. Airline Maintenance facilities will find the FOD* BOSS indispensable in ensuring FOD free hard stand areas.


* Adaptable

Concrete, asphalt, interlock paving, fine textured spray seal, smooth or grooved, wet or dry, it's all easy going for the FOD* BOSS. It does not use vacuum suction so there is no danger of lifting pavement surfaces, even when freshly laid. It does not retain water and works equally well in the rain.


   


* Wet or Dry

This unique Speed Sweeping System uses a remarkable action invented out of necessity to deal with FOD control at airports and military bases. Each FOD* BOSS incorporates a series of tough, long wearing brushes that activate the FOD which is then collected by rows of specially formulated Aero-thane scoops and trapped by a retaining mesh. The FOD* BOSS adjusts automatically as it wears, ensuring constant FOD collection.


No service is required to maintain efficiency, if it's moving you know it's working. It does not rely upon magnetic force and is equally effective on ferrous and non-ferrous metal objects. The FOD* BOSS is designed to collect dangerous debris over broad areas quickly, efficiently and inexpensively. Collected debris is easily recoverable for critical analysis.

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Applications


* Military

Military Operations War readiness kit Forward role

The FOD* BOSS is a precision FOD sweeper proven to be outstanding in its ability to prevent Foreign Object Damage to the highly vulnerable jet engines of fighter aircraft.

The compact portability of the FOD* BOSS affords incredible versatility and convenience to Forward Operations Units preparing for military exercises at short notice and at bases under equipped or seldom utilised.
The low cost and easy operation means individual squadrons can ensure their own flight line FOD control.

Air Force Tested NATO Listed Air Forces around the world have tested and now operate the FOD* BOSS, these include the USAF, RAF, RAAF, Italian AF, Canadian AF, and defence forces in France, Belgium, Spain and Finland. The FOD* BOSS has been allocated NATO stock numbers 3825-66-123-7130 and 3825-66-123-7132.




* Airports/Airlines

Commercial Airlines and Airports are saving thousands of dollars since implementing the FOD*BOSS Speed Sweeping System. One of the major United States airlines now considers it has a 'definite edge' over other competitors since it now relies on the FOD*BOSS as its primary source of FOD prevention. The FOD*BOSS not only saves aircraft from damage, it also prevents tyre damage to ground support vehicles when used at terminal gates and aprons.



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Duplex and Triplex Systems


* Duplex

Using the Duplex Adaptor, you can team two FOD*BOSS units to cover a huge 4.8m(16ft) in every sweeping pass.


* Triplex System

With the Triplex Trailer system, an un-precedented sweep width of up to 7.3m(24ft) can be achieved. Now you can sweep 300,000 sq metres(3 million sq ft) per hour. The triplex system can also be modified to sweep single or double FOD*BOSS units and packs down into a compact storage unit / transport trailer.



Storage Position Transport to Site Ready for Operation


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Towing Hardware and Accessories

Figure 1 Pintle Hook Adaptor (-67) fitted to a Pintle Hook.

Figure 2 Coupler Adaptor (-80) fitted to a Coupler.

Figure 3 Coupler Adaptor (-80) with Hitch Lifter (-79) and Hitch (-1) fitted to a Coupler.

Figure 4 Coupler Adaptor (-80) with Hitch (-1) fitted to a Coupler.

Figure 5 Coupler Adaptor (-80) with Hitch Extender (-66) and Hitch (-1) fitted to a Coupler.

Figure 6 Duplex Hitch Bar (-62) with two Hitches (-1) and two FOD*BOSS fitted to a Coupler with a Coupler Adaptor (-80).

Figure 7 Hitch (-1) showing T-Tow Handle fitted to a Coupler Adaptor (-80) fitted to a Coupler.

Figure 8 Duplex Tow Bar with two FOD*BOSS.

Figure 9 Can / Paper Trap (-81)