FOD Boss Operator’s Manual

  • Introduction — Getting to know your FOD*BOSS Sweeper

    Download Operators Manual in PDF format (.pdf).
    The FOD*BOSS is an extremely efficient, high speed, FOD ( Foreign Object Debris) Sweeping system, however please read this manual before operating, and note the following precautions;

    • Do not rely upon The FOD*BOSS to remove 100% of debris, 100% of the time. Some FOD may remain even after use, and some areas may be missed by the operator. The FOD*BOSS is also not designed to collect large sized FOD which will not fit through the collecting blades. A thorough check of the pavement should always be conducted at the conclusion of each sweeping procedure.
    • The FOD*BOSS should be used with care around parked or moving aircraft, people, and other objects, especially in windy conditions.The FOD*BOSS can be subject to winds and drafts causing it to move and strike stationery or moving objects. Observe all recommended safety measures and safe working distances that may apply.
    • A Retention Cable is available which retains The FOD*BOSS to the vehicle even if released by the Tow Hitch due to hitting an obstruction. When using this cable, and at all times, it is important to avoid areas with immovable obstructions as severe damage to The FOD*BOSS may occur.
    • Refer page 4 of this manual for installation instructions before using your FOD*BOSS.

    Technical Assistance – If in doubt please contact Aerosweep Assistance: Tel: +61 (0) 3 9894 2100 Fax: +61 (0) 3 9894 2743 Email: fodboss@aerosweep.com Or contact your local distributor listed at www.fodboss.com/distributors/

    THE FOD*BOSS – LIFE ASSESSMENT and RECOMMENDATIONS

    The following recommendations are based upon more than 20 years of FOD*BOSS operational experience and comments from thousands of aviation customers throughout the world. Tarmac surfaces vary, operators have differing techniques, climatic conditions may have an effect.

    The FOD*BOSS life can be compared to motor car tyres. For example, the way in which a vehicle is driven will have an effect on the tire’s lifespan. If a motor vehicle is driven aggressively, the tires will wear at a faster rate than if it is driven with care.

    An operator can prolong the life of the FOD*BOSS by following these recommendations.

    • Sweep within the recommended speed range of 10 and 40 KPH or 6 to 25mph.
    • Empty the FOD*BOSS on a regular basis. This ensures that the sweeper is not overloaded.
    • Sweep often. Sweeping a clean tarmac creates less wear to the FOD*BOSS and is better for aircraft.
    • Where possible avoid sweeping very rough or damaged pavements.
    • Restrict sweeping to and around areas where aircraft operate under power.
    • Store the FOD*BOSS flat or carefully rolled up, under cover or in the carry bag at moderate temperatures i.e. between 0 and 40 degrees C. Ensure the yellow segments are not distorted in any way.
    • Read and understand the Operators Manual. When these recommendations are observed our clients achieve unmatched FOD sweeping efficiency.

    Section 1 — Installation of Tow Hitch and Sweeper

    Installation instructions:

    • Review Sections 06, 07 & 08 to identify the correct tow adaptors and fittings required for your vehicle and attach the tow hitch (-01) or (-120).
    • Adjust the height of the tow hitch so that it is clear of the ground. Refer to notes below on towing heights.

    WARNING
    The Safety Release Tow Hitch (-01) is spring-loaded and should never be dismantled.

    WARNING
    Prior to commencement of sweeping, it is essential to locate, remove, repair or avoid immovable or sharp projections in the pavement. Failure to do so may result in damage to the sweeper assembly. Do not operate without first thoroughly checking unfamiliar surfaces.

    IMPORTANT
    When using the Safety Release Hitch (-01) a cable (-100) may be used to retain The FOD*BOSS to the vehicle even if it is released by the Tow Hitch due to hitting an obstruction. However, if using this cable, and at all times, avoid immovable obstructions as severe damage may occur.

    Section 2 — Operation

    Tow the sweeper over the area to be cleaned. The operating speed range is 6 km/h (4 mph) to 40 km/h (25 mph). For maximum debris collection and service life, 15 km/h (10 mph) to 25 km/h (16 mph) is recommended.

    IMPORTANT
    To maximise service life and debris collection, it is important to empty the sweeper at regular intervals. Do not allow collected debris in the pockets to exceed one quarter full.
    DO NOT OVERLOAD.

    The FOD*BOSS is not designed to operate in reverse. DO NOT BACK UP.

    WEARING IN:
    During the first few hours of operation the FOD*BOSS will wear in. During this period the rate of wear to the underside of the collecting scoops may appear greater than expected.This is a normal wearing in process necessary for the FOD*BOSS to attain the maximum degree of collection efficiency.

    CAUTION
    The FOD*BOSS is suitable for all smooth surfaces and some rougher surfaces. Coarse spray chip seal may cause excessive wear and should be avoided.

    Section 3 — Emptying

    • With the FOD*BOSS connected to the tow vehicle, lift the edge of the sweeper furthest from the vehicle by the yellow shake handles and shake out the collected debris.
    • Carry the empty FOD*BOSS at right angles to one side of the vehicle and place flat on the
      pavement.
    • You may sweep or vacuum up the collected debris and place in a receptacle or:
    • You may drive on and return to the same accumulation point several times before sweeping or vacuuming up the collected debris.

    NOTE: DO NOT remove the Mesh Cover to empty the FOD*BOSS. Only remove the Mesh Cover when necessary to aid in the removal of debris such as wire that may become trapped in the mesh capture zones. If the Mesh Cover is removed when wet and allowed to dry it may shrink, and be difficult to re-fit. Should this occur, soak the Mesh Cover in water for 30 minutes and re-fit while wet.

    It is important that the velcro is pressed down firmly.

    IMPORTANT
    A thorough check of the pavement should always be conducted at the conclusion of each sweeping procedure.
    FOD Boss Mesh Cover debris removalFOD Boss Sweeping Procedure Spare Part

    Section 4 — Maintenance

    Cleaning is usually not necessary, but if required wash the sweeper with water and a water-based detergent.

    CAUTION
    Do not use petroleum, spirit-based or caustic cleaning agents.

    TRACKING WHEELS
    Tracking wheels should be checked before and after each sweeping operation and any grit or sand removed to ensure free rotation. Wheels must be replaced when they are worn to a minimum thickness of 1 cm (3/8″) measured to the under side of the wheel carrier.

    SWEEPER ASSEMBLY REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS:
    Holes and tears in the mat backing may be repaired using the FOD*BOSS repair webbing as follows:

    • Thoroughly clean the latex backing around the area to be repaired and allow to dry.
    • Cut enough webbing to cover the damaged area plus 25 mm (1″) extra all around.Heat-seal the cut ends of the webbing.
    • Coat one side of the webbing and the corresponding area of the latex backing with a thin even film of Permatex Weatherstrip Adhesive (or recommended alternative).
    • Allow to dry until tacked-up. The length of time will depend upon atmospheric conditions and can be determined by placing a small section of the webbing against the latex backing.
      When the webbing is pulled away, strips of adhesive will be apparent. If no backing or holding power has developed, wait 5 minutes, re-checking every few minutes thereafter.
    • Press the webbing over the latex backing and work out any air bubbles.
    • Water contact with the adhesive should be prevented for 48 hours.

    WARNING

    • Permatex Weatherstrip Adhesive is extremely flammable, harmful or fatal if swallowed.
      Vapour harmful. Contains Toluene, Methyl Ethyl Ketone, and Acetone
    • Keep away from children.
    • Use in accordance with material safety data sheet.
    • Technical information is available from Aerosweep Assistance.

    Section 5 — Storage

    To ensure maximum life and efficiency of your FOD*BOSS always roll up tightly starting with the front, or handle end as follows :

    • Make sure the sweeper is dry.
    • Fold tow handle sideways and fold front panel.
    • Continue folding toward the rear.
    • Once you reach the fourth row, fold the rear wheels forward.
    • Continue folding and place in carry bag.
    • Store undercover, above 0° Celsius.

    FOD Boss Storage BagFOD Boss Roller Bag

    IMPORTANT
    Should it be necessary to store the sweeper for drying out purposes, and not in it’s carry bag, it is important to prevent the collection blades from distortion by lying right side up and FLAT. It may be folded in a concertina style but kept on a flat plane.

    Alternatively it may be hung using the FOD*BOSS wallhook (-129) as below

    FOD Boss Wall Hook MountFFOD Boss wall hook Spare Part

    Section 6 — Pintle Hook Adaptor and Coupler Adaptor

    Initial fitting instructions

    • Loosen the cam bolt allowing the cam handle to hang down. Fit the Pintle Hook Adaptor
      or Coupler Adaptor to the open hitch. Close the hitch and centralise the adaptor. Screw in
      the stabliser bolts until just clear of the latch (Pintle Hook Adaptor only).
    • Hold the Pintle Hook Adaptor or Coupler Adaptor body firmly against the vehicle hitch
      mount. Allow the cam handle to hang down and slide the cam assembly securely against
      the inside of the pintle hook or coupler horn. Tighten the cam bolt firmly but not fully tight.
    • With the locking pin in place rotate the cam handle up to contact the underside of the
      locking pin. Tighten the cam bolt fully.
    • Remove the locking pin, pull the cam handle up and lock in place with the pin.
    • For Pintle Hook Adaptor only:-
      Screw in the stabiliser bolts against each side of the latch then back off one turn.
      Tighten lock nuts.

    The Adaptor can now be locked in place or removed quickly by rotating the cam handle up or down.

    FOD Boss Pintle Hook Adaptor and Coupler Spare Part

    Section 7 — Groundforce Tow Hitch and fitting instructions

    Tow adaptors required for single FOD*BOSS operation

    FOD Boss Pavement airfield fod sweeper Procedure Spare Part
    Reducing sleeves can be fitted inside the coupler head to suit different Tow Pins.

    FOD Boss Reducing sleeves Tow Pins Spare Parts

    The GROUNDFORCETM Tow Hitch will hold your FOD*BOSS to the tarmac tracking straight
    behind the vehicle in windy conditions.

    Fitting instructions:

    • Ensure the swing arm is unattached to the main towing arm.
    • Place your GROUNDFORCETM Tow Hitch onto the vehicle tow ball or towing point.
    • Measure the hitch height from the ground as per below diagram.
    • Set the swing arm to the suggested corresponding hole. Important: This is a guide only,never force the swing arm into a position that may cause too much downward pressure on the equipment

    NOTE: The Poly-bump is not designed to run along the ground, however it may rest on the ground when fitting the hitch prior to the commencement of sweeping. It will automatically lift as the vehicle moves.

    FOD Boss Tarmac Fitting Instructions for Spare Parts

    Section 8 — Safety Release Tow Hitch and fitting instructions

    Tow adaptors required for single FOD*BOSS operationFOD Boss Safety Release Fitting Instrument Spare Parts
    Use one or more of these adaptors determined by the size of the Tow Pin / E Hitch.
    FOD Boss GroundForce Tow hitch and fitting instructions Tow Pin/ E Hitch

    Section 9 — Triplex Trailer (-82)

    The Triplex Trailer allows operation of three FOD*BOSS Sweepers providing a sweep width of
    7m / 24ft.

    IMPORTANT TOW HEIGHT SETTING FOR TRIPLEX / DUPLEX TRAILER

    To avoid premature wear of the rear pivot wheel there must be down load on the rear wheel to ensure straight tracking. Please take the following steps to achieve the correct load.

    • With the trailer unhitched adjust the tow adaptor to be level with the tow ball or tow point
    • of the vehicle which would result in a neutral load if hitched, i.e. no down or up load on the tow point.
    • Re-adjust the adaptor down 3 holes on the trailer. When hitched this will cause down load on the rear wheel of the trailer.
    • Observe the rear wheel when in use. It must track straight without fishtailing.

    FOD Boss Triplex Tailer Spare Parts

    The Triplex Trailer can be reduced to operate two FOD*BOSS Sweepers

    Triplex trailer seen here in transport / storage position

    FOD Boss Triplex Trailer Transport Spare Parts

    Triplex and Duplex Trailer Towing Options

    FOD Boss Triplex and Duplex Trailer Spare Parts

     

    Section 10 — Duplex Bar Operation

    The Duplex Hitch System allows operation of two FOD*BOSS Sweepers side by side to provide a 4.8 m / 16ft sweep width.

    FOD Boss Duplex Bar Operation Spare Part

    THE DUPLEX HITCH BAR (-57) IS CONNECTED TO THE VEHICLE WITH THE FOLLOWING
    ALTERNATIVE ADAPTORS.

    NOTE

    This Duplex Bar is not suitable for European Gooseneck style Tow ball. See Section 11 for
    connecting to a Gooseneck Tow Ball.

    FOD Boss Duplex Pintle Hook AdaptorDuplex Pintle Hook Adaptor (-78) connects to a (-67)Pintle Hook Adaptor or (-80) Coupler Adaptor

    FOD Boss Duplex Hitch Square receiverDuplex Hitch Square receiver (-61) connects to a 50mm square receiver

    FOD Boss Duplex Tow ball Adaptor* Duplex Tow ball Adaptor (-99) connects to 50mm Tow ball

    Section 11 — Duplex Trailer (-58) Operation

    The Duplex Trailer allows operation of two FOD*BOSS Sweepers side by side to provide a
    4.8m/16ft sweep width.

    It can connect to any tow point including European Gooseneck style tow ball.
    See Section 9 for more information.

    FOD Boss Duplex Trailer Spare Parts

    Section 12 — FOD*BOSS Parts Catalogue

    FOD Boss Spare Parts Catalogue

    Section 13 — FOD*BOSS iPhone Application

    FOD Boss iPhone App Spare Parts

    Use your iPhone or iPad to track and log your FOD*BOSS sweeping operations on your device and transfer your data on to a secure log-in database.

    Allows you to watch live as you sweep your airfield to see where you have and haven’t swept.

    At the end of your FOD*BOSS sweep your data is transferred to a secure log-in account so you can monitor, compare and share your data.

    • Select either Single, Duplex & Triplex FOD*BOSS sweeps or the essential FOD Walk option.
    • Calculate distance swept (miles or kilometres)
    • Calculate area covered (square feet or meters)
    • Allows you to collect FOD, weigh and record to give a figure per 10,000 square feet/meters. You can then compare one sweep to another
    • Secure log-in so you can see who has swept, where and when. Share the information with others in your network, or make them public so others can view your FOD*BOSS sweeping operations
    • Time and date of sweep

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