We’ve been talking a lot lately about the various costs and factors that must be considered when thinking about on-site vs. off-site aircraft jack proof load testing. So what is the final verdict? There is no right or wrong answer, so it’s up to you to decide. To help you along, we have taken all of the topics we covered on the blog and put them into a single chart that provides a general comparison of the typical costs associated with both off-site and on-site aircraft jack proof load testing.
Please keep in mind the information in these charts is based on average costs discussed throughout this document and may be different for your unique situation based on variables such as geographical location, shipping rates, service rates, manufacturer, etc.
Axle Jack: Average cost comparison for off-site vs. on-site testing. Multiply shipping costs by the number of axle jacks to get your total. Costs such as technician travel costs will be amortized across the total number of jacks being serviced.
Tripod jack: Average cost comparison for off-site vs. on-site testing. Multiply shipping costs by the number of tripod jacks to get your total. Costs such as technician travel costs and shipping cost for the proof-load testing fixture will be amortized across the total number of tripod jacks being serviced.
If ensuring equipment safety and longevity is something critical to your facility and you’re not currently following the recommended 90 day maintenance and 12 month proof load testing schedule recommended by jack stand manufacturers then you are failing to ensure the safety of your aircraft maintenance technicians and you may not be in compliance with internal or external quality control mandates.
Shipping jack stands back to the manufacturer will almost always cost you more in shipping and in services than having a qualified calibration technician perform the same services on-site at your facility – especially if you own multiple jack stands that need to be serviced and tested annually. In addition to the considerable cost savings, your critical assets will be more readily available to you with absolute minimal downtime since you are not shipping them to the manufacturer and waiting weeks for them to return to your facility.
e2b calibration is one of the few ISO 17025 Accredited calibration and repair laboratories in North America providing on-site jack stand proof-load testing services. We have made a considerable investment in the design and production of a proprietary proof load testing fixture that allows us to conduct on-site services at a fraction of the cost of other providers.
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