How to Detect FOD (Foreign Object Debris)
Foreign Object Debris (FOD) consists of any sort of material that poses a risk to the safety of equipment and individuals when it is left in areas of traffic. FOD can be found in numerous industries, namely: Aerospace Aviation Military Warehousing Shipping/Transport Manufacturing FOD removal is a vital part of maintaining safety while at the time improving quality control in certain...
The Manufacturing Sector Needs Foreign Object Removal Procedures
When you think about foreign object debris (FOD) removal, you might only think about airfields, runways, race tracks, and roadside construction job sites and other such areas. However, the removal of FOD in the manufacturing industry is equally important to deliver quality finished goods and products. Whether you build multimillion dollar aerospace equipment, airplanes, military vehicles, automobiles, smaller parts and...
The FOD*BOSS Helps Airfields Focus on Safety
An effective friction runway FOD sweeper needs to have several vital components in order to ensure removal of FOD (foreign object debris) from airfields and runways. Without these vital pieces, debris can easily fall out of the sweeper collection system and back onto the runway, creating an even bigger hazard for aircraft. In recent years, the prevalence of unreliable imitation airfield...
Airports Need Effective Wildlife FOD Removal and Prevention Processes
On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 had to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York City after its engines stalled due to impacting with birds. Upon investigation, it was discovered that a flock of Canadian geese had been hit by the plane. These birds are bigger and weigh more than what the engines on...
Aerospace Industry: Tips for Implementing Best Practices for FOD Removal
According to National Aerospace FOD Prevention, Inc. (NAFPI), the aerospace industry experiences around $4 billion globally every year in FOD damages.1 This is aside from the $13 billion in direct and indirect damages experienced, alone, in the United States at NASA, and military, private, and public airports and institutions from FOD (foreign object debris).2 In order to reduce the amount of...
Why Tiny Debris Is a Costly Hazard on Airport Runways
Foreign Object Debris (FOD) can be any type of object or debris that is left on airport runways. This could include objects such as: Broken Pieces of Pavement Loose Parts from other Airplanes Pens Loose Change Identification Badges Ear Plugs Paper Clips Soda Cans Trash and Garbage Tools Pieces/Parts from Baggage Luggage Tags Screws Nuts Bolts Articles of Clothing Rocks...
Choosing the Right Airport Runway Sweeper
Keeping debris off of runways and taxiways is an ongoing process for airports and those in the aviation and aerospace industries. Foreign Object Damage (FOD) to airplanes and other types of aircraft is a serious concern. Small pieces of pavement, metal screws, or even flattened soda cans could cause serious damage if it were run over by an airplane or...
Protecting Military Aircraft from FOD
Foreign object debris isn’t just a problem for civilian aviation. It also impacts military aircraft, putting important operations and very expensive aircraft at risk. Military installations need a reliable solution to help combat FOD. Foreign object debris consists of any foreign articles that can cause damage to an aircraft. Some FOD hazards include ice, hail, aircraft tools or components, and other...
Control FOD to Prevent Aircraft Wildlife Strikes
Wildlife poses a great danger to aircraft, as collisions with birds and other animals can cause crippling damage to the engines and other components of a plane. Airports bear a large part of the responsibility in ensuring wildlife strikes don’t result in expensive damage to aircraft and human injuries and death. Foreign Object Debris (FOD) control policies can help airports greatly reduce...
Post-Construction Road Cleanup Prevents Crashes, Injuries
Striping a new roadway or parking lot isn’t the end of a road construction project. Proper cleanup to ensure that dangerous debris isn’t left on the road is an important task agencies and companies that build roads or parking lots must undertake to prevent injuries and accidents. Foreign object damage on the road can cause serious property damage or injury. Two...