Osprey Runway Rubber Removal System from Jetting Systems Ltd

Advantages of the Osprey Runway Rubber Removal System

Jetting Systems Ltd

Zero Damage to Runways

Our nozzle and head design travels transversely across the front of the vehicle. It is easy to see using the standard Bird View system and is extremely efficient at removing rubber from the bottom of the friction grooved as it moves parallel with them.

High pressure water is a potentially damaging cleaning medium and the way in which it is applied to the surface of the runway is critical to ensure effective rubber removal whilst not damaging the surface. The Osprey is the only system in the world that uses the same Electric Servo Motors that are used in robotic applications requiring extreme accuracy. The rubber removal operation is therefore an automatic process requiring no human intervention once the removal operation is initiated. The rubber removal head is never stationary over the surface and is always rotating at high speed. If a pre-set forward speed is dropped below then all high pressure systems return to a safe low pressure mode.Osprey Runway Rubber Removal

Accurate Rubber Removal

The Osprey Rubber removal robot operates with precise accuracy and repeatability whatever the temperature or humidity. It is unaffected by the number of hours run and can operate continuously without any deterioration in efficiency. The lateral movement of the head is automatically and precisely synchronised with the forward speed of the vehicle ensuring that overlaps are controlled and production rates are maximised.

Due to the accurate Servo Motor drive system it is possible to control the head movement to within 0.5mm. Combined with the consistent forward drive speed, overlap on the left / right stroke is minimal. Other systems on the market have a less accurate control system which results in multiple overlaps and therefore a reduction in production rates.

Lateral or Linear Operation

Linear operation can be advantageous in instances where for example the centre line requires cleaning or a lower level of rubber exists and a quick tidy up is required. The Osprey MSC provides the option for linear operation at widths up to 1800mm.

Smooth Operation

The Electro Servo motors used to drive the rubber removal head offer further advantages as a result of their smooth operation. The left / right movement of the head does not transmit any reaction force into the drivers cabin. Coupled with the low noise levels the driver is not subjected to high levels of rocking which induce fatigue. The smooth operation is also kind to the mechanical components of the vehicle. Failures due to constant harsh movements ARE NOT A FEATURE of the Osprey.

Simple Drive System

The Osprey features a super low ratio mechanical gearbox. This simple design is maintenance free and provides a fully adjustable speed control from 50 linear metres per hour up to full road speed of 100 kph. Accurate speed control is via the trucks standard Cruise Control system and the trucks original rear axle. Forward drive is through the chassis wheels and so no slippage is experienced through drop down drive wheels.

Single Vehicle

The Osprey's unique rubber removal head is mounted on the front of the vehicle and may be raised in seconds for rapid evacuation from the runway. For longer journeys it is locked in position and may remain on the vehicle. No additional trailers or support vehicles are required.

Unique Rubber Removal Head

Osprey Runway Rubber RemovalThe Osprey's rubber removal head is fitted with a combination of high quality Sapphire nozzles. The design of the head coupled with the Servo Motor Motion Control System ensures two things:

  1. No shadowing. Many other types of equipment leave shadows where the rubber deposits are not removed. A quick look at competitors web sites will illustrate this
  2. Due to the action of the rotary head there is a potential for damage at the outer edges of the rubber removal area. The Osprey’s head design is such that this potential is completely removed. References are available from major international airports confirming this

Debris Recovery

Another advantage of our optimized forward speed is that it ensures that there is full recovery of debris. Effective removal is only the first stage of the process. The rubber must be collected to ensure that it is not re-deposited. The Osprey features an extremely effective debris recovery system which is vital to the overall efficiency of the operation. Removed rubber and dirty water is recovered into a debris tank from where it may be disposed of responsibly.


The Osprey system operates with ULTRA HIGH PRESSURE water. Whilst it is entirely possible to operate the machine with just one member of staff Jetting Systems comply with the recommendations of both the European and International Water Jetting Association guidelines and strongly recommend that a team of two people are employed. One as a driver and one as a safety back up.


The whole life costs of the Osprey equipment are we believe, the lowest in the market. Our design philosophy follows 5 main principals

  • Lowest possible capital cost
  • Lowest possible operating costs
  • Maximum reliability
  • Ease of operation
  • Ease of repair

The result of this is a product range which is supremely effective and reliable, which suffers minimal downtime and when maintenance is required the parts are available off the shelf and at an acceptable cost. We know that the best way of securing future sales and maintaining our growth is with satisfied users. We are pleased to provide numerous references upon request.


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