HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- For many years, the 526th Electronics Maintenance Squadron, part of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, overhauled Munitions Handling Unit-83 lift trucks in support of supply-chain customers at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
The MHU-83 is an aerial lift truck that lifts and secures munitions, weapons, rocket launchers, fuel tanks and other items weighing up to 7,000 pounds onto the pylons of various tactical aircraft. It is a self-propelled, hydraulically-operated lifting device that positions the loads using hydraulic power that is supplied by a piston pump coupled to the diesel engine.
Eventually, the end item sales price for the overhaul work increased to the point where, in 2014, the program office determined it was more cost-effective to buy new units instead of overhauling them. This decision nearly caused the Ogden ALC shop's workload to disappear.
The 526 EMXS established a process improvement team and developed a charter using the Air Force Sustainment Center Way and its tenets of safety and quality to eliminate constraints and waste, thus improving cost effectiveness for our warfighters. The squadron understood it would need to maintain the highest product quality standards that customers demand, and that the squadron had always delivered.