Can the FOD*BOSS Save Me Money? An often overlooked area where savings can be made is around the regulated requirement to keep AOAs FOD-free. Previously, you may have systems and processes that were put into place prior to the pandemic and when company revenues were high and supported the use of the equipment currently in use. However, now is probably a good time to reconsider the use of more effective alternatives, which can also save time and money. Aerosweep’s FOD*BOSS Ultimate airfield sweeper is a logical choice when it comes to ensuring the safety of airside activities through effective and efficient FOD sweeping tasks. It is also very capable of helping you save up to 95% on operating costs associated with mechanical sweepers.
Let’s take a look at these financial and productivity benefits that can be almost instantaneously achieved when adopting the FOD*BOSS.
First of all, a very brief look into the history of the FOD*BOSS Ultimate. The FOD*BOSS friction sweeper changed aviation tarmac cleaning forever in 1994 and has been protecting every major Air Force, Airport, and Airline.
It is recognized by many as the safest, most effective airfield sweeper, guaranteed. Indeed it was the FOD*BOSS
that the Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular 150/5210-24, (Airport Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Management, section 5.2 b. (1) and appendix B.1 a. (b))
. However, after going through a 30-year continuous improvement process, our FOD*BOSS
The FOD*BOSS is fully equipped with our exclusive and unique critical safety features that are the secret behind its unbeatable performance and essential to your successful FOD removal operations, and importantly, These are unavailable with any other sweeper.
So how can the FOD*BOSS
save money and increase productivity? If we compare the operational cost of a mechanical sweeper, it has been identified by the US Federal Highway Administration (www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/env_topics/water/ultraurban_bmp_rpt/3fs16.aspx
) that a mechanical sweeper costs approximately US$154 per hour to operate (including the driver). Now if we consider a runway surface, as a point of reference, and one with the dimensions of 7546 ft x 148 ft (2300 m x 45 m), we can start comparing several metrics that we hope start you thinking. Mechanical sweepers are generally considered to be relatively slow and have a recommended forward operating speed of only 5-12 mph (8-20 kph) to be their most effective (depending on the make and model). Therefore, using a mechanical sweeper to clean the runway identified above will take at least approximately 2 hrs and 30 mins. At the hourly cost also mentioned earlier, this will be approximately US$385.00. If we compare that to a FOD*BOSS
, this will take approximately 44 minutes and with an 84% saving, that includes the labor cost of the driver
! To put this into perspective, a FOD*BOSS Ultimate
can provide you with an unrivaled FOD pick-up rate and clean this runway in less than a third of the time and for a saving of at least 84%. Our Duplex system offers additional savings of up to 89% and is even faster again. Not only are you saving significant money, but an airport’s revenue-generating capability is closed for significantly less time, while your operations team has gained a significant productivity boost as well!