GENERAL INFORMATION (Contd)
REPORTING EQUIPMENT IMPROVEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS (EIR)
If your bridge equipment needs improvement, let us know. Send us an EIR. You, the user, are the only
one who can tell us what you don't like about your equipment. Let us know why you don't like the design or
performance. The preferred method for submitting a Quality Deficiency Report (QDR) is through the Army
Electronic Product Support (AEPS) website under the Electronic Deficiency Reporting System (EDRS). The
web address is: https://aeps.ria.army.mil. This is a secured site requiring a password which can be applied
for on the front page of the website. If the above method is not available to you, put it on an SF 368,
Product Quality Deficiency Report (PQDR), and mail it to us at: U.S. Army Tank-automotive and
Armaments Command, ATTN: AMSTA-TR-E/PQDR MS 267, 6501 E. 11 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48397-5000.
We'll send you a reply.
There is not a separate Hand Receipt for the REB. For a complete list of end-item-related equipment
(i.e., COEI, BII, and AAL), refer to TM 5-5420-280-10.
CORROSION PREVENTION AND CONTROL (CPC)
Whenever the REB has been exposed to seawater (salt water) or
any aggressive water or chemicals, it must always be rinsed with
fresh water to prevent corrosion. Failure to comply will result in
damage to equipment.
Many of the metal fasteners, fittings, and tubing susceptible to
corrosion have been coated with an anti-corrosive chemical nickel-
plating called "DURNI-COAT" and are marked "durnicoateirt" or
"DNC 450 12MY."
Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPC) of Army materiel is a continuing concern. It is important that
any corrosion problems be reported so corrections and/or improvements can be made to future items.
Corrosion specifically occurs with metals. It is an electrochemical process that causes the degradation to
metals. It is commonly caused by exposure to moisture, acids, bases, or salts. An example is rusting iron.
Corrosion damage in metals can be seen, depending on the metal, in the form of tarnish, surface residue or
oxidation, pitting, and perforation
Plastics, composites, and rubbers will also degrade. Their deterioration is caused by exposure to heat,
oxygen, solvents, or light (typically ultraviolet). An example is deteriorated rubber weather stripping.
Degradation from excessive exposure of these elements can be seen in the form of shrinkage, hardening,
cracks, and breaks.
If a corrosion problem is identified, it should be reported using SF 368, Product Quality Deficiency
Report. Use of key words such as corrosion, rust deterioration, or cracking will ensure that the information
is identified as a CPC problem.
SF 368 should be submitted to the address specified in DA PAM 750-8, Functional Users Manual for the
Army Maintenance Management System (TAMMS).
OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCES (ODS)
The continued use of ODS has been prohibited by Executive Order 12856 of 3 August 1993. The use of
ODS in Army equipment is prohibited. The bridge does not contain or generate hazardous material.
Proper disposal of hazardous waste material is vital to protecting the environment and providing a safe
work environment. Materials such as batteries, oils, and antifreeze must be disposed of in a safe and