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March 22, 2013

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Brass deformer increases Ammunition Supply Point recycling efforts

Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff

A new piece of equipment has increased the efficiency at the Fort McCoy Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) and supports the installation’s Recycling Program.

A $71,000 brass deformer replaced a deformer that was not operating properly, said Bill Blanchard ASP manager with BSA/LB&B, the contractor providing services for the Directorate of Logistics.
PHOTO: A box box of ammunition casings is positioned above the new brass deformer. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel
Jeff Jackson, Ammunition Supply Point warehouse specialist with BSA/LB&B, helps position a box of ammunition casings above the new brass deformer. The casings are examined visually for live rounds as they are fed into the machine for demilitarization. Once demilitarized, the casings are sent to Recycling to be sold.

The 50-horsepower, electric-motor deformer allows the ASP to demilitarize about 9,000 pounds of brass each day. The ASP receives, stores, and issues ammunition, as well as demilitarizes ammunition casings, Blanchard said.

Many ammunition casings are recycled, including 5.56-mm, 7.62-mm, 9-mm and .50-caliber, and must be demilitarized.

“Before the brass goes into the deformer it gets visually inspected twice to make sure there aren’t any live rounds,” Blanchard said. “The ammo is transported up a conveyor belt and then struck by hammers in a rotary grinder that cause deformation of the casing.”

The demilitarized casings are then sent to Recycling. Casings that are not recycled can be sold through the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services, Blanchard said.

The ASP is one of the installation’s top recyclers, according to Mike Miller, chief of the Water and Wastewater Branch for the Directorate of Public Works.

The ASP also recycles or reuses all ammunition packaging materials.

“When units have completed their training they must return everything including carrying containers, cardboard boxes, packaging material, etc. that was drawn from the ASP,” Blanchard said “We keep 100 percent accountability of all the items issued to units, and everything is recycled or reused.”

ASP items that were not used or ammunition that was not expended is inspected, repaired, if necessary, and put back into inventory, Blanchard said.

It’s important that units not open materials they will not use, Blanchard said. If items that are not used are returned to the ASP in their original form it’s more likely they can be issued to another unit immediately rather than having to be sent to the Ammunition Surveillance Office to be inspected and repackaged.

The Recycling Program is funded by proceeds from the recycled ASP materials, along with other installation recyclables. The funds go toward purchasing recycling receptacles and equipment, such as the brass deformer, and the recycling of items that cannot be sold, such as florescent lamps, oil filters, glass and plastics, Miller said. Any remaining funds are split between Pollution Prevention projects and the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

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