In the US, Salt Lake City Airport took delivery of the Cleaner in 2017 after buying the Mobile and Workshop PhotoBench in 2015, to integrate the cleaning operations prior to doing infield photometric testing of their runway lights.
Other major US airports who have purchased MALMS include Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) who bought the Mobile, PhotoBench and Engineer systems to have an ‘integrated maintenance solution’ so their engineers could log all photometric testing, lighting maintenance, inspections and torque management within one single database available via a web based Dashboard giving real time serviceability and maintenance data, including regular email updates on maintenance activities and new faults as and when recorded. RDU became the first airport in the US to use the new Airfield Torque, a stand-alone electronic torque wrench with an integrated RFID reader. This allows the electrician to read the installed RFID tags, which will identity the location ID and the required torque settings. The data from the torquing of the light is then stored within the wrench for updating to the Tablet once the maintenance task has been completed. Rickie Bell, Director of Fields Maintenance at RDU says The RDU Airport Authority purchased the Engineer, Mobile, and PhotoBench to aid in keeping the airfield lighting performance up to FAA specifications.
The Engineer system has been a great help by allowing us to prevent airfield lights becoming FOD. It also provides the assurance that all our light fasteners are being inspected and maintained in compliance with airport regulations per FAA AC 150/5340-26B.
We currently use the Mobile system monthly to identify problems, develop maintenance strategies and produce work schedules and maintenance reports. We have found that it is easy to use and can be used by a single operator. The PhotoBench tester allows us to quickly and accurately measure the photometric performance of light fittings before they are installed on the airfield.
The three systems work together flawlessly and that was very important in our decision to purchase MALMS .
In June of this year, Denver International Airport took delivery of a Mobile system, where it will be used to test the airports six runways.