When it comes to the shipping industry, the warehouse industry, and the aviation industry, one of the most persistent threats is foreign object debris. Often shortened to FOD, this can lead to serious injuries to not only equipment but also people as well. Foreign object debris comes in many shapes and forms. This could include trash wrappers, broken pavement, or even pieces of equipment that have been left out. When these items turn into projectiles, they can lead to serious harm. This is where a FOD sweeper can be helpful. It is important for everyone to understand how this sweeper works and how it can benefit them.
Friction Mat Sweepers
One of the most common types of sweepers is called a friction mat sweeper. This type of sweeper uses a large, bristled mat that is towed behind a vehicle. Then, any debris that is caught in the mat is dragging underneath. After this, a series of scoops will collect the debris for disposal later.
The biggest advantage of this type of sweeper is that it captures small types of debris far more efficiently than other types of sweepers. On the other hand, it might not catch debris that is underneath the surface, such as debris that tends to hang out in hangar cracks.
Another common type of sweeper is called a mechanical sweeper. This type of sweeper uses a spinning broom. Then, any debris that is caught in the broom is shifted into a collection Hopper. And some situations, there might be additional brooms on the side that catch other types of foreign object debris.
The major advantage of this type of sweeper is that it can reach cracks and joints because the bristle height is often adjustable. On the other hand, the bristles can break off of a mechanical sweeper relatively easily, becoming foreign object debris themselves.
Finally, another type of popular sweeper is called a vacuum sweeper. There is an air nozzle that suctions foreign object debris from the pavement. Then, this debris is deposited into a hopper so it can be disposed of safely. The biggest advantage of this type of sweeper is that it can collect debris that could be present underneath the surface such as potholes. On the other hand, the nozzle is relatively narrow. Therefore, its efficiency could be limited.
Find the Right FOD Sweeper
It is important for everyone to make sure they are able to collect foreign object debris in a reliable manner. These are just a few of the most popular sweepers that managers might use. It is important to compare the benefits and drawbacks of each sweeper before making a decision.