OPERATION OF ASLMS DOORS
Opening the Doors
Container should be operated on level ground and periodically checked for shifting from a level
position. Use care when opening doors, as physical injury may occur. To maintain control,
consider ground surface conditions that may not provide adequate traction, such as mud, snow,
ice, sand. Seek assistance from fellow soldiers to prevent impact or strain injury.
Doors on the FPU-8 should be opened simultaneously. When opening the FPU-12, open the left and
right center bi-fold doors street side (2 and 3), or the curbside bi-fold doors (9 and 8) simultaneously, then
open both left and right street side doors (1 and 4) or the curbside doors (10 and 7).
When closing the FPU-12 center doors or the FPU-8 doors always allow the right hand
door to lead slightly to mate with the door seal edges and prevent damage to the seals.
The ASLMS containers will exceed the ISO width requirement if a heavy security
padlock is used to secure the exterior doors. Padlocks not exceeding one-inch
thickness will allow the width requirements to be met. Padlocks may be taped to the
exterior doors to further ensure measurements stay within the ISO envelope.
Using your right palm for left-hand doors and left palm for right hand doors, depress locking latch
while using your free hand to prevent handle from springing outwards.
The container door release grip has limited room for hand space. This creates a pinch
point at the handles when closing the door. Place the door handles in the closed position
after opening the doors so the doors will fold against each other.
Rotate both handles to their full open position.
Pull both handles simultaneously. Because containers are constructed with tubular steel and are
subject to flexing when containers are sitting on a non-level surface, doors may be difficult to open.
In this event you may require the assistance of other personnel to open the doors.