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Runway Rubber Removal Equipment

Unit 2 Batten Road,
Downton Business Park,
Wiltshire SP5 3RB,
United Kingdom
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Airports throughout the world are plagued by the build up of rubber which is deposited from the tyres of landing aircraft.

Our unique high-pressure runway rubber removal water-jet system can operate at any pressure between 400bar and 2,800bar. The chosen pressure is dependant upon the construction and condition of the runway. We utilise only high-pressure water and do not require the addition of environmentally hazardous chemicals or expensive and damaging wire brushes.

Today, high-pressure water jets remove rubber from runways and maintain the safety in some of the busiest airports in the world.

Jetting systems runway rubber removal system

The OSPREY is modular in its design and may be configured for any or all of the following applications.

100% rubber removal from a grooved surface without damage to the surface.
The OSPREY is a compact high-powered rubber removal unit using minimal components, making it self-contained and easy to manoeuvre.
Line marking removal without damage to the underlying surface.
OSPREY 45t runway rubber removal unit (picture courtesy of Foster Contracting).
The rubber removal assembly is mounted on the front of the vehicle and may be quickly lifted; a trailer is not required for transportation.
  • Removal of rubber from touch down zones at up to 1,200m²/hr
  • Line and marking removal
  • Apron cleaning
  • Oil and fuel oil spill recovery
  • Cleaning of maintenance areas

Truck-mounted runway rubber removal system

The OSPREY system is based on a self-contained truck-mounted unit that can be tailor-made to suit the customer’s requirements. The debris recovery hood is deployed quickly from within the operator’s cab and all functions necessary for the rubber removal operation can also be performed from the driver’s seat. When the surface has been jetted, a powerful suction system conveys the debris into the collection tank. The surface will be left almost totally dry and clean ready for application of markings if desired.

The forward speed of the cleaning vehicle can be accurately controlled through a mechanical reduction gearbox that reduces the forward speed to the optimum speed for rubber removal. If higher forward speeds are needed when cleaning lightly soiled areas or evacuating the landing area, the gearbox can be quickly disengaged.

Rates of rubber removal

The rubber stripping rate achieved in operation will depend upon a number of factors. These will include:

  • Initial degree of contamination
  • Number of cleaning passes required
  • Access to the work area
  • Weather conditions
  • Water capacity of vehicle

With a normal width cleaning hood of 2m and a forward speed of 600mt/hr the machine can cover up to 1200m²/hr. This figure is dependant upon surface condition and water jet pressure.

All runways are now subject to frequent friction tests to ensure that any rubber build up has not left them unsafe to use. With high work rates and a deep cleaning ability, the OSPREY is an ideal solution to these ever-present problems.

High and ultra high-pressure water jetting technology

In addition to our specialised OSPREY runway rubber removal system, Jetting Systems is a major supplier of standard sewer cleaning equipment and bespoke high-pressure water-jet cleaning systems for industry.

We have many years’ experience in the field of high and ultra high-pressure water jetting technology and are able to tailor high-pressure water-jet cleaning and cutting solutions to fit many applications.

Typical applications include sewer cleaning, surface coating and rust removal, tube and pipe cleaning, reactor vessel cleaning, underwater cleaning, and hydro blasting.

An extensive range of high-pressure water-jet safety clothing and footwear and CCTV pipeline inspection systems complement our water jetting products.

Press Releases

  • Runway Rubber Removal in Kandahar

    Building on the success earlier in the year Jetting Systems have supplied a further Osprey runway rubber removal machine to the military airbase in Kandahar Afghanistan. Like the previous machine used in Kabul this latest Osprey was delivered in a very tight time frame and was shipped b

  • Osprey Flys to Kabul

    The latest generation of rubber removal machine manufactured by Jetting Systems has recently been delivered to Kabul, Afghanistan. The client Kellogg Brown & Root required the equipment to be delivered and operational within a very tight timescale, and as a result the normal sea freight was n

  • Jetting Systems Displays Osprey at Inter Airport Europe

    Whilst exhibiting at Inter Airport Europe between from 6-9 October 2009, Jetting Systems will be promoting the very latest in zero damage runway rubber removal techniques. To obtain more details of the unique, fully integrated Osprey, visit our stand (number 481) in hall B6.

  • OSPREY Bound for Baghdad

    Shipped in June on schedule and within budget, the new generation OSPREY is destined for Baghdad International Airport. Officials from BIA were welcomed to Jetting Systems' factory for full operational and maintenance training. Incorporating many new features, the new build su

  • OSPREY Lands in Cairo

    The latest OSPREY runway rubber removal vehicle to roll off the Jetting Systems production line landed in Cairo early in 2009. Once again the effective, accurate and repeatable cleaning path synonymous with the OSPREY proved a key factor in the decision by CAC to invest in this valuable

  • OSPREY Due to Land in Bangkok This Summer

    The latest generation of runway rubber removal equipment is set to be delivered to the new Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand this summer. Jetting Systems' OSPREY features the latest state-of-the-art CNC controls, which ensure accurate removal of rubber deposits. Due to these computer cont

  • Runway Rubber Removal Unit Delivered to SEEB Muscat

    The latest generation of runway rubber removal equipment has been sucessfully delivered to SEEB International Airport in the Sultanate of Oman. The equipment features a URACA KD725 ultra high-pressure water pump which is capable of generating pressures of 2,500bar at 28L/min and totally

  • Runway Rubber Removal Equipment

    Jetting Systems, (the new name for Rail Air Engineering Ltd) are pleased to anounce two major contract awards for rubber removal equipment. The first which is believed to the the biggest and most powerful unit in the world features a URACA KD725 Ultra High Pressure Water pump operating at 2500 ba


Jetting Systems Ltd
Unit 2 Batten Road
Downton Business Park
Wiltshire SP5 3RB
United Kingdom

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