In aviation, safety is always a concern – beginning well before the planes even take off. One long-standing problem in this area is foreign object damage, or FOD, on the apron. FOD is the technical term for damage to an aircraft’s engines, wings, fuselage or landing gear caused by improperly secured foreign objects on the ground. In addition to the physical damage, there are follow-up costs such as those from FOD-related flight delays, as Jochen Janetzki at Düsseldorf Airport is well aware: ‘FOD results in four billion euros in losses worldwide – every single year.’
High FOD risk due to unsystematic waste handling
Typical sources of FOD include waste in the apron area that has not been properly disposed of or has been blown out of containers. Not uncommonly, waste containers themselves become dangerous airborne objects, causing severe damage. For a long time, this well-known problem lacked an effective solution.
FOD bins – precisely tailored to requirements on the apron
Paul Wolff®, experts in intelligent waste disposal systems that meet even the highest safety demands, took on the issue of FOD. In close coordination with Düsseldorf Airport, the company developed and produced the FOD bin. Dr Hanns Menzel, CEO of Paul Wolff GmbH says, ‘It was a huge advantage that we were able to combine our waste system expertise with the know-how of Düsseldorf Airport. The FOD bin was created in accordance with Düsseldorf Airport’s FOD security concept, and we have systematically addressed every relevant question.’ Jochen Janetzki is equally enthusiastic about the results of this collaboration. ‘To prevent the high FOD-related losses and increase airport efficiency,’ he says, ‘we have made the FOD bins from Paul Wolff® part of our security concept.’
Greater safety at lower cost
What sets the FOD bin apart is its weight of 1.5 metric tons when empty. This makes it extremely stable, so that it can be placed on the apron without any foundation or anchoring. The self-closing lid prevents the bin’s contents from being blown away by the wind or aircraft engines. Flexibly adjustable base cover plates equipped with brushes keep dirt and vermin out of the interior of the FOD bin. Practical brackets mounted on the exterior allow secure temporary storage of bulky items that cannot be left lying on the apron. Cable loops on top of the bin enable it to be moved easily, thus shortening walking distances for airport personnel and further reducing costs. And thanks to its large capacity of up to 1,100 l, it doesn’t need to be emptied as frequently, which also saves money.
Three models ranging from 800 to 1,100 litres
The FOD bin is available in the following versions, each of which can be designed in accordance with the airport’s security concept and colour-coded in corresponding signal colours: Avantgarde®® 800, Avantgarde®® 800 Plus and Avantgarde®® 1100.
About Paul Wolff GmbH
For more than 60 years, Paul Wolff® has been a sought-after development and production partner for the property management and waste management industries, as well as for municipalities and cemetery operators. The company employs a workforce of approx. 150 and produces innovative waste disposal, depot and cemetery systems at its Mönchengladbach and Ditzingen locations. Paul Wolff® is strongly customer-oriented, with 16 sales offices throughout Germany.