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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- An AIM2 on-board diagnostics component is shown before installment Feb. 20, 2013. Spangdahlem is the first U.S. Air Forces in Europe base to install the automotive information module and its components on all its general purpose government vehicles. This module uses radio frequency to read and record real-time maintenance and odometer data, which tacks fuel consumption and needed repairs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released)
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New fuel system saves time, money

Posted 2/27/2013   Updated 2/27/2013 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

2/27/2013 - SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Editor's note: This is part one of a three part series in which Spangdahlem will evaluate AIM2, a fossil fuel savings initiative that supports Energy Independence and Security Act 2007 and Presidential Executive Order 13423, for 12 months before it is implemented throughout U.S. Air Forces in Europe.

The 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron is installing AIM2 or automotive informational modules now through March 8 making Spangdahlem the first U.S. Air Forces in Europe base to use the maintenance and fuel tracking-and-saving technology.

The 52nd LRS is installing AIM2 on more than 300 general purpose government vehicles to include: sedans, vans, buses and trucks.

The module allows the vehicle management flight to collect real-time maintenance codes, and fuel consumption and odometer data through radio frequency readings. The module's on-board system captures and records this information every time a vehicle with AIM2 installed passes within 300 feet of the base's government vehicle gas pump, which is located on Spangdahlem's main road, said Tech. Sgt. Carmen Adams, 52nd LRS vehicle control officer and European Transportation Training center instructor.

The fact that this system reads and records the vehicle's data saves vehicle management time as they will no longer have to find the vehicles and record the odometer readings or process paperwork.

These accurate readings will also save vehicle maintenance and fuel shop man-hours as they no longer have to trouble shoot for maintenance issues.

"If there's something wrong with the engine, AIM2 will automatically transmit to us what is going on with the vehicle and its condition," said Tech. Sgt. Nathan Derrick, 52nd LRS special purpose vehicle mechanic and NCO in charge of refueling maintenance. "With the module constantly feeding us information we will have a more accurate and timely assessment of what's actually wrong with a vehicle, which saves us a lot of time since it takes trouble shooting out of the picture."

This will also save man-hours because preventative maintenance won't be necessary.

"Since the system updates us with everything going with vehicles' conditions we will be able to fix problems before they occur rather than having to routinely upkeep vehicles that may or may not have issues," he explained.

The module and its components will also give more accurate fuel consumption readings as it eliminates the fuel key currently used to pump fuel on government vehicles. Instead, the odometer is automatically read via AIM2 components once the fuel pump is inserted into the gas ring, said Adams.

This information will help vehicle and fuel management determine how much gas vehicles are using.

The module also tracks vehicle idling time which supports efforts that comply with Presidential Executive order 13423.

"The system will also significantly improve fuel consumption transaction data integrity for congressional reporting towards our efforts in meeting vehicle energy requirements," said Adams. "Overall, this will save us time and money, enabling the vehicle community to move toward condition based maintenance and eliminates the need for vehicle management activities to manually obtain vehicle odometer readings for a variety of monthly taskings."

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