Containerized Kitchen–Run for Cover

Loose gear banging around in the mechanical room of the containerized kitchen can wreck equipment. The air conditioners especially take a beating. The slide hammer, the ground rod and the jacks ram the condensers and bend the fins. Once the fins are bent, the condenser can’t let heat escape. The air conditioners won’t operate. And because they work in tandem, if one goes down, the other one won’t work either.

To prevent damage, pack your gear like it says in WP 0006 of TM 10-7360-226-13&P (Aug 01, w/Ch 4, Mar 07).

For added protection, put a metal shroud over each air conditioner’s condenser. Ask your metal shop or field maintenance shop to fabricate two shrouds. Here are the tools and materials:

o Tools: cutting grinder or metal cutting shears, measuring tape, hammer and screwdriver

o Materials: sheet of steel mesh, NSN 5680-00-551-3810, 8 feet long x 4 feet wide; twelve 1/4-in diameter washers, NSN 5310-00-463-0268 (six washers for each air conditioner)

Here are the fabricating instructions:

1. Cut out two shrouds from the sheet of steel mesh. Each shroud should measure 40 inches long x 20 inches wide.

2. Bend both long sides of each shroud 90o. Each bend should measure 1 inch deep.

3. Bend one short side of each shroud 90o. The bend should measure 2 inches deep.

And here’s how to install the shroud:

1. Remove the screws from the frame that holds the condenser to the air conditioner.

2. Slide the shroud over the condenser and frame.

3. Place a washer over each screw hole, insert a screw and tighten. Continue until all screws and washers are in place.

4. Install the second shroud over the second air conditioner in the same way.


Well, I’ve heard of PS. But I’ve never actually seen it!

Q: We hear everywhere we go, “I love PS, but we hardly ever see it.”

A: We talk to operators and mechanics on a daily basis.  They tell us how they use and maintain their equipment.  Sometimes they describe a problems already addressed in PS.  They say they didn’t see the information because the magazine isn’t getting to their unit.

Odds are PS is close by.  Close to 60,000 copies are mailed out every month. But the information isn’t doing much good if it’s not getting to the Soldiers who need it.

So, look around after you’ve finished this an issue of PS.  Is everyone in your unit who needs PS getting to read it?  PS is free, so order as many copies as you need.  Then make sure those copies get out of the office and down to motor pool, where they’re needed.

And, while you’re waiting for your shiny new PS shipment to arrive, check out our large archives of PS online. You can search for specific topics or read entire issues, dating back ten years!


AMC Application Update URLs

Three applications have migrated and are now hosted at the Logistic Support Activity (LOGSA). Here are the new URLs:

AMTAS (Army Modernization Training Automation Systems)

MENS-E (Materiel Enterprise Non-Standard Equipment Datebase)

LINs (AMC LIN database)