Stryker lone production at ANAD during LMP blackout
October 15, 2010
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Last week, the Nichols Industrial Complex was a little quieter than usual. There were no tanks maneuvering on tow motors between the shops, no buggies carrying turrets to and from the Combat Vehicle Repair Facility and very little forklift traffic.
Instead, the week of Oct. 4 to 7 was a time to count and a time to train - a time of shutdown instigated by the blackout period leading up to the go-live date of the Army's Logistics Modernization Program.
But, just because most of the direct labor personnel were off, that didn't mean work at the depot completely ground to a halt. There were Strykers to produce in order to stay on schedule, inventory to count for LMP and plenty of maintenance activities for depot workers and contractors to carry out.
"We had wall-to-wall inventory going on in all of our shops using our supervisors and lead people as well a number of direct labor personnel who were allowed to assist management," said Tommy Carlisle, chief of the Tracked Systems Division in the Directorate of Production.
Other divisions were also busy. During each maintenance shutdown, the Equipment Support Division in the Directorate of Engineering and Quality performs preventive maintenance and repairs on production equipment throughout the NIC. Last week, DEQ's workload included maintenance to blast equipment, bridge crane systems, paint booths as well as the installation of data sensors on one of the low-level bridge cranes in the Combat Vehicle Repair Facility.
"The sensors are part of a project with TARDEC, Frontier Technology Inc., and Auburn University to install Prognostic Health Management technology to monitor the health of critical production equipment," said Mark Johnson, chief of the Equipment Support Division. "If the system works as designed, it will be able to predict certain failure modes and enable ANAD maintenance personnel to make repairs before more significant problems develop, thus reducing equipment downtime."
Workers with the Directorate of Public Works were also hard at work during shutdown.
"We had 41 work orders to be accomplished during the blackout period," said Tommy Gaines, director of DPW.
The work ranged from repairing lights and striping parking lots to repairing storm and roof drains, cleaning paint booths and performing maintenance on function firing ranges and many other pieces of equipment.