PLS Compatible Guide Roller Kit (GRK) - Field Demonstration Test Results
Final rept. 2 Aug 1990-2 Aug 1991
ASI SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL ABERDEEN MD ABERDEEN GROUP
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This report presents the results of a successful demonstration of a Guide Roller Kit GRK carried in the tool box of a PLS vehicle and used too safely off load fully loaded PLS flat racks from an M872 type line haul semitrailer using only the PLS load handling system, obviating the need for a heavy crane to download the M872 semitrailer in forward areas where such cranes or heavy duty MHE may not be readily available. The ROC for the PLS requires flat rack to be transportable on M872 type line haul semitrailers. The GRK represents a significant expansion of the PLS capabilities by enabling it to quickly off load 16.5-ton flat racks loaded with ammunition using only the PLS on board load handling system. Currently line-haul trailers used to transport palletized ammunition to forward areas are offloaded by Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks, RTFL. Using this procedure, the average turn-around time for each M872 34 12-ton semitrailer is approximately one hour. Using a Guide Roller Kit GRK and PLS vehicle to perform this function the turn-around time is reduced to approximately eight minutes. This represents a six fold improvement.
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