U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Vicksburg United States
Research was conducted at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS, to evaluate material handling equipment with a reduced logistical footprint for use by crater repair teams in airfield damage repair ADR scenarios. A market survey was conducted of available material handling equipment to populate a database of physical dimensions and load-capacity relationships according to identified ADR tasks. Selected equipment were identified and evaluated for maneuverability and efficiency in a realistic environment and compared to currently utilized material handling equipment. This report presents the results of the market survey and equipment evaluations. Results indicate that telehandlers with a minimum-rated capacity of 6,000 lb are capable of performing all identified ADR tasks with an efficiency at or better than the currently utilized 10,000-lb telehandler.