Flannelette is not a dirty word.

Equipment Care is not (and shouldn’t be) complicated. Simple before and after use operator cleaning & inspection can prevent small issues becoming bigger ones…..burnt propellant today can turn into rust and damage if left in the barrel.

The Problem

Our client needed to undertake the mandatory periodic inspection of their circa 1400 firearms. Unfortunately, more than 10% were in a very poor state of cleanliness to carry out the inspection before they could be cleaned.

The effect on the client is 3 fold:

Their equipment is unable to be inspected properly for defects and serviceability until it is clean wasting valuable time and money to resolve.

Their equipment degrades quicker than it should when dirty, hiding faults and risking premature failure from not being looked after by the company.

The reputational image of the company is damaged by using dirty and or faulty equipment begging the question “If this is how they look after their Firearms how can they look after their clients?”

The Cause

Unfortunately, the cause is not so easy to determine as the effect but more than likely due to one or a combination of the following:

As with the earlier case study related to magazines, these firearms were found in an unsuitable storage facility which presented the environmental conditions to allow the rust to exist. 

The users had not been issued with cleaning kits, trained or supervised properly in their use.

Thorough Equipment Care checks were also not being carried out by competent and qualified persons from within the client structure.

The client did not have an effective Equipment Care Directive to manage the expectations of their clients or needs of their company to identify their non compliance.

The Solution

Create an effective and relevant Procurement and Equipment Care Directive.

The Education and Training of equipment account holders in the benefits of solid and proven Equipment Care practices.

Periodic validation by qualified and competent third parties to monitor and review best Equipment Care practices are actually being carried out.

Summary

Although the majority of equipments were clean, an earlier advisory Equipment Care inspection from Echelon International Ltd would have quickly highlighted what was required to identify the problem, causes and solution to prevent this from happening at all, saving time, money and reputational losses.

Need help or advice on how to get the best from your equipment, ensuring it works when you need it most? Contact the team at info@echelon-international.com

FAKE Body Armour

Do you wear BPE as part of your job and feel safe? The above plate which was Inspected and tested by Echelon International Ltd for an international security provider in a high threat operational environment is a fake….do you still feel safe?

The Problem

Our client was unsure about the condition of several hundred sets of BPE certified to NIJ Level IV on a project in a very high threat environment. The sets of BPE had all the paper credentials and markings to suggest they were genuine items but the supply chain was new and untested.

The above plate was one of many BPE sets belonging to that batch tested that failed in a controlled environment, in fact all sets tested failed.

It is pretty easy to see that if this was struck whilst worn by you or one of your colleagues or clients that there would be a very high risk of injury and death as the end result with further and wider reaching legal and financial consequences.

The effect on the client is that:

They do not have safe and client compliant equipment which is going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace in time to achieve their readiness and contractual compliance for their clients in what was an avoidable situation.

The Cause

Unfortunately, the cause is not so easy to determine as the effect but more than likely due to one or a combination of the following:

Poor education of the supply chain by upstream and downstream parties to evaluate and select safe and compliant equipment and security service providers.

Pressure on those in the supply chain to award on price rather than technical compliance.

Markets for counterfeit products are allowed to flourish where the potential for corruption, lack of compliance or quality checks by parties in the supply chain exist.

The Solution

Create an effective and relevant Procurement and Equipment Care Directive.

The Education and Training of the supply chain and equipment account holders in the benefits of solid and proven Supply Chain Management and Equipment Care practices.

Periodic validation by qualified and competent third parties to monitor and review best practices are actually being carried out.

Summary

Although this advisory Equipment Care inspection from Echelon International Ltd quickly highlighted the fake BPE, the equipment was already on site and in the potential supply chain. This could have been averted earlier in the procurement cycle with a combination of supply chain training and product evaluation provided by a qualified and competent 3rd party such as Echelon International.

If you hold or use BPE and would like reassurance that your BPE is fit for purpose before, during and post procurement do get in touch for a confidential discussion on how we can support your needs at info@echelon-international.com

Equipment Care Failures-Rusty Magazines

Are you accountable for the availability of security equipment in your organisation? If you are, let us look at the below case study to look at the problem, the cause and available solutions to avoid you finding rusty magazines in your stores.

The Problem

The magazine pictured above is an example of several hundred new but heavily corroded magazines that were unable to function safely. These were found by one of our team during an initial equipment care advisory visit.

The effect on the client is that:

They have lost the availability of that equipment which is going to cost tens of thousands of dollars in replacing what was good equipment to maintain their readiness and appearance in front of their clients in what was an avoidable situation.

The Cause

There are several valid causes but lets work our way back from the identification of the problem by our team.

Firstly, this equipment was found in an unsuitable storage facility which presented the environmental conditions to allow the rust to exist.

Thorough Equipment Care checks were not being carried out by competent and qualified persons from within the client structure.

The client did not have an effective Equipment Care Directive to manage the expectations of their clients or needs of their company which failed to verify their non compliance.

The Solution

Create an effective and relevant Equipment Care Directive.

The Education and Training of equipment account holders in the benefits of solid and proven Equipment Care practices.

Periodic validation by qualified and competent third parties to monitor and review best Equipment Care practices are actually being carried out.

Summary

Although further losses have been prevented, an earlier advisory Equipment Care inspection from Echelon International Ltd would have quickly highlighted what was required to identify the problem, causes and solution to prevent this from happening at all, saving time, money and reputational losses.

By helping our clients to quickly create effective Equipment Care policies and practices to train and educate their staff in how to manage their equipment, be there for them to help monitor and review their compliance, we can prevent the costs of doing nothing.

For an initial discussion or further information on how we can support your Equipment Care needs, contact the team at info@echelon-international.com

BPE….Do you feel Lucky?

One of these is a fake. There is a 50/50 chance between getting it right or wrong but a 100% chance of you, your team or client being seriously injured or killed if struck whilst wearing the wrong one…..so do you feel lucky, can you tell the difference?

Not sure……neither was our client which is why they called our team to check before purchasing several hundred units.

If you would rather feel assured than lucky, contact the team today and get your Ballistic Protective Equipment checked and tested before it is too late.

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What is Equipment Care in the Security and Defence Sector?

Equipment Care is the practice of keeping equipment in a safe and reliable working condition using a combination of training, inspection and maintenance programs.

In the Security and Defence Industry this equipment could be any asset that contributes to the business or organisation. Any such asset that is unavailable due to poor Equipment Care in these sectors could cost time, money and or lives. At Echelon International www.echelon-international.com we deliver Equipment Care, Training & Consultancy on commonly used items in the industry such as Body Armour, Weapons, Medical Kits, Communications and Armoured Vehicles. Equipment Care is a bespoke practice required by each and every business or organisation to ensure winning assets stay operational longer, require less costly repairs and or replacement.

For a confidential discussion on your Equipment Care needs contact the Echelon International team at contact@echelon-international.com