Fast airfield light cleaning
MALMS Cleaners Overview
The MALMS Automatic or Manual Airfield Lighting Cleaners provide airport operators with fast and effective methods for cleaning runway and taxiway lights.
MALMS Automatic & Manual Cleaners provide airport operators with a fast and effective method for cleaning lights. The Maintenance Optimiser integrates Mobile, Cleaner and Differential Maintenance methodology into a single maintenance solution enabling compliant airfield lighting serviceability to be optimised, even at the busiest airport.
MALMS Automatic & Manual Cleaners have been developed in response to ICAO 10.5.2 “A system of preventive maintenance of visual aids shall be employed to ensure lighting and marking system reliability” and the need to have a fast and effective means to clean airfield light lenses. Contamination of the airfield light lens is the principal factor affecting photometric performance. A single aircraft movement can deposit sufficient rubber to make a new light fixture unserviceable. A study at a major UK airfield calculated that newly cleaned runway lighting will become unserviceable in just 8 days (earlier if a runway is de-iced).
A number of cleaning methods have been developed to address the problem, however these have a number of limitations and significant drawbacks. Both MALMS airfield lighting cleaning systems have been developed to overcome the disadvantages of other methods whilst improving the effectiveness of cleaning.
Both may be used ‘standalone’ or integrated as part of the MALMS family of products. MALMS Airfield Lighting Cleaners can utilise the information from MALMS Mobile and MALMS Engineer to schedule automatic or manual cleaning of an individual light or an entire runway service e.g. Centreline or TDZ. By importing the results from a MALMS Photometric test MALMS Cleaners can direct an operator to the lights identified as requiring maintenance; ensuring minimum runway occupancy time and optimum runway light serviceability. This comprehensive reporting of maintenance activity facilitates cost control and efficiency.
The MALMS Maintenance Optimiser integrates MALMS Mobile, MALMS Cleaner and Differential Maintenance methodology into a single maintenance solution enabling compliant airfield lighting serviceability to be optimised, even at the busiest airport.