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Anniston Military Depot overhauls M88 restoration autos for Saudi Arabia

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Anniston Military Depot, a serious U.S. Military facility for the manufacturing and restore of floor fight autos, overhauled 10 M88A1 restoration autos for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in line with a current service information launch.

“The depot held a completion ceremony Oct. four for 10 M88A1 restoration autos for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Anniston Military Depot message states.

The autos have been inducted into the manufacturing strains in October of 2018 and accomplished in September 2019.

Throughout these 11 months within the manufacturing retailers, workers typically labored lengthy hours and accommodated excessive precedence components or processes of their work schedule.

“We accomplished this system on time and inside prices,” stated Jeff Maxwell of the Automobile Planning Department.

Throughout manufacturing of the autos, the 10 M88s have been taken by means of a technical inspection, meant to establish any broken or lacking components.

Following disassembly, parts to be repaired or overhauled have been routed to the retailers for reclamation whereas the hull went to the wash rack and thru sandblasting for cleansing.

The weld store then took possession of the naked hull, repairing any areas wanted.

The depot’s machine retailers accomplished work on the assorted parts and the hull, making certain every merchandise met specs.

As soon as they have been full, every element and the hulls have been despatched by means of the paint cubicles positioned all through the Nichols Industrial Advanced, receiving protecting coatings and being giving their last hues.

The components have been then positioned in kits, which have been transported to the meeting line, the place they have been reassembled into the hulls.

As soon as last testing and paint touch-ups have been full, the merchandise have been prepared for supply to the Protection Logistics Company, which can transport them to the shoppers.

“Our workers labored lengthy hours within the warmth testing autos and dealing on them,” stated Earl Wooden, a depot heavy cell tools supervisor. “They have been typically right here lengthy after repeatedly scheduled hours.”

Reggie Henry, division chief for the Automobile Non-Gun Division, stated he was happy how the workforce went above and past, every time the schedule required it.

“Staff have been versatile with the sequence of processes, in an effort to get the work completed on time,” he stated. “They confirmed their dedication to making sure the readiness of our allies.”

That dedication prolonged all through the manufacturing processes, even to the touch-up of paint jobs.

“Our paint store personnel understood the significance of making certain we meet the schedule for the KSA autos and adjusted to satisfy that schedule,” stated Shannon Elston, a supervisor for the Last Paint Department.

Henry and Maxwell each talked about how happy the shoppers have been with the completed product throughout a go to.

“They have been actually impressed with the autos and we did very properly with this program,” stated Maxwell.

In the course of the Oct. four ceremony, Col. Marvin Walker famous that, although this was a small program of solely 10 autos, the professionalism, timeliness and high quality of ANAD workers might result in future endeavors.

“After they look to assign extra work to a depot they’ll take a look at our high quality merchandise,” stated Walker. “It could have solely been 10, however you don’t know what which will result in.

Picture by Mark Cleghorn



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