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TYMCO Regenerative Air Sweepers

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Waco, TX 76703-2368

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TYMCO and the U.S. Military

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In the late 1970s, the United States Air Force (USAF) researched several existing sweeper technologies to find a single sweeper to provide both airfield and airbase sweeping. Because of specific changes in aircraft and Ground Support Equipment (GSE), the U.S. Air Force was demanding that a sweeper provide a faster, more efficient way to sweep all areas of the airbase – runways, ramps, base streets and construction areas. In addition to locating a newer technology, the USAF made an effort to reduce the overall sweeper inventory of both airfield and airbase sweepers by developing Multipurpose Sweeper Specification PD WR-ALC/IRA 3825-093 that would meet the rigorous testing requirements of both high performance and low total cost of ownership.

In 1982, TYMCO was fortunate to be part of the U.S. Air Force MEEP (Management and Equipment Evaluation Program) Multipurpose Sweeper Test and after extensive evaluation of several technologies, the USAF developed Multipurpose Sweeper Specification PD WR-ALC/TRA 3825-093A around the TYMCO Model 600® and the TYMCO Regenerative Air System. Over the last 30 years, hundreds of TYMCO Regenerative Air Sweepers have been purchased by all branches of the U.S. Military as well as several international military groups. In addition, the Department of Defense (DOD) has made TYMCOs available through Foreign Military Sales (FMS). FMS has provided TYMCO the opportunity to supply sweepers to military groups in other countries such as Greece, Taiwan and Egypt. Although the TYMCO Model 600 exceeded the Multipurpose Sweeper Specification, the United States Navy, Air Force and Army demanded that an airfield sweeper be developed that could remove Foreign Object Debris (FOD) out of the cracks and crevices of runway pavement using the full width of the pick-up head at much faster sweeping speeds than the Model 600 was delivering. Their needs called for a high speed runway sweeper that DID NOT REQUIRE a mechanical main broom to sweep at faster speeds. A mechanical main broom not only increased operational costs by adding an additional wear item, but also could inherently create FOD with bristles that could fall out or break off while sweeping. TYMCO answered the U.S. Military’s need for a high speed runway sweeper with a new class of sweeper, the TYMCO Model HSP® (High Speed Performance), which was designed to meet the U.S. Military’s High Speed Runway Sweeper Performance Specification MIL-C-29195(YD).

The U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army and Coast Guard have discovered the high performance and low total cost of ownership that TYMCO Regenerative Air Sweepers deliver, which is why the majority of the U.S. Military’s sweepers are TYMCOs. TYMCO has supplied both the Model 600 and the Model HSP to the U.S. Military – with hundreds of units currently serving, and hundreds more serving international military groups worldwide. Other sweepers may meet military specifications, but TYMCOs exceed their expectations on and off the runway.