• Rendering of Fort Carson MATES Vehicle Wash System
  • Fort Carson MATES Vehicle Wash System
  • Rendering of Fort Carson MATES Vehicle Wash System
  • Rendering of Fort Carson MATES Vehicle Wash System
  • Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

    Fort Carson, Colorado

    The Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs supervises the Colorado National Guard and non-military state safety agencies. The Colorado Army National Guard carries out regular training exercises at Fort Carson, a United States army installation located near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Following these training activities, a fleet of large Colorado Army National Guard vehicles require extensive cleaning at the Mobilization and Training Equipment Site (MATES) to keep them properly maintained. Prior to construction of the vehicle wash system, Colorado Army National Guard personnel had to utilize manually operated water hoses to clean vehicles— a very laborious, time-consuming process. The vehicle wash system streamlines cleaning operations with a wash rack (lane) containing multiple water jets that wash the exterior and underside of a vehicle as it is driven through the rack equipment.  The efficiency of the vehicle wash system is evidenced by its capability of washing 100 large military vehicles in an eight-hour period. Utilizing sophisticated machine design software, The RMH Group helped upgrade the existing vehicle wash system by implementing the following improvements.
    •  Adding vertically positioned nozzles at the entrance, valved to adjust for vehicle height
    • Changing accessible supply piping from plastic to steel
    • Relocating undercarriage jets and piping to grade level to allow for a more thorough cleaning effort
    • Adding two monitors (water cannons) following the vehicle wash system on both sides of vehicle route
    • Providing for a wash-down hose connection
    • Providing pump energizing and emergency shut-off at each operator position
    • Providing slow-close valves and recirculation to prevent water hammer and pump dead-head
 

Fort Carson MATES Vehicle Wash System

Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Fort Carson, Colorado

The Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs supervises the Colorado National Guard and non-military state safety agencies. The Colorado Army National Guard carries out regular training exercises at Fort Carson, a United States army installation located near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Following these training activities, a fleet of large Colorado Army National Guard vehicles require extensive cleaning at the Mobilization and Training Equipment Site (MATES) to keep them properly maintained. Prior to construction of the vehicle wash system, Colorado Army National Guard personnel had to utilize manually operated water hoses to clean vehicles— a very laborious, time-consuming process. The vehicle wash system streamlines cleaning operations with a wash rack (lane) containing multiple water jets that wash the exterior and underside of a vehicle as it is driven through the rack equipment.  The efficiency of the vehicle wash system is evidenced by its capability of washing 100 large military vehicles in an eight-hour period.

Utilizing sophisticated machine design software, The RMH Group helped upgrade the existing vehicle wash system by implementing the following improvements.

  •  Adding vertically positioned nozzles at the entrance, valved to adjust for vehicle height
  • Changing accessible supply piping from plastic to steel
  • Relocating undercarriage jets and piping to grade level to allow for a more thorough cleaning effort
  • Adding two monitors (water cannons) following the vehicle wash system on both sides of vehicle route
  • Providing for a wash-down hose connection
  • Providing pump energizing and emergency shut-off at each operator position
  • Providing slow-close valves and recirculation to prevent water hammer and pump dead-head