How Proper GSE Maintenance Will Reduce Your Costs

Ground Support Equipment (GSE) is the support equipment found at an airport, usually on the servicing area next to the terminal, that is used to service aircraft between flights. As its name suggests, it is used to support the operation of aircraft while on ground. The role of ground support equipment typically pertains to ground power operations, aircraft mobility, cargo/passenger loading operations, and a variety of other specific needs. Everyone knows the importance of maintaining aircraft to ensure safe and reliable flight, but just as important is the maintenance of ground support equipment. This blog will look at the ways GSE maintenance can save operators time, money, and hassle.

There are two types of maintenance: preventative and reactive. Preventive maintenance takes place before an issue occurs, and is done to reduce the risk of future issues. Reactive maintenance, on the other hand, takes place as a response after a problem has arisen. While preventative maintenance may not always seem necessary, its benefits far outweigh its perceived inconvenience. There are four main benefits to carrying out regular preventative maintenance of ground support equipment. They are: cost savings, optimal GSE operation, extended service life, and improved reliability.

With regular GSE maintenance plans in place, operators will undoubtedly see an overall reduction in costs. Savings will include cost for unexpected repairs and unscheduled downtime. Additionally, because equipment will run more efficiently, overall operational costs will reduce too. From a financial standpoint, preventative maintenance measures will provide a robust return on investment. The second benefit of regular GSE maintenance is optimized GSE operation. When GSE is regularly worked on, the equipment is able to function reliably at its top performance capabilities. Issues such as hydraulic contamination or lack of lubrication, that would normally hinder performance, are minimized when a solid maintenance plan is put in place and adhered to.

A third advantage of regular ground support equipment maintenance is that it extends  the service life of GSE machinery. Equipment such as towbars, jacks, workstands, aircraft take-off equipment, ground power units, and decing system equipemts will work better and maintain their value for a much longer period of time. This, in turn, also reduces costs. The final benefit of preventative maintenance is the improved reliability and consistent productivity it will bring. A regular maintenance plan will markedly increase the operational reliability of your equipment. Preventative maintenance addresses problems before they develop into major issues and supports the early detection of parts or components that are nearing failure. Increased reliability will also bring a consistently high level of productivity for any GSE fleet.

It's difficult to say exactly how much money will be saved by preventative maintenance. After all, because you are getting maintenance more regularly, it may seem like you are spending more money than before. However, the fact is that any amount of preventative maintenance is still far less than repairing a total and complete system or machine failure. For instance, replacing a cylinder head on a diesel engine costs far less than replacing the engine in its entirety. Regardless of the GSE you have, or the extent of maintenance you plan to carry out, NSN Unlimited is here to help.

At NSN Unlimited, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you source all types of GSE equipment, hand tools, and measuring tools and deliver them with short lead times and competitive prices. We’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7-365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at sales@nsnunlimited.com or call us at +1-480-504-1299. Our team of dedicated account managers is standing by and will reach out to you in 15 minutes or less.


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February 15, 2021

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