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Braby bulk storage and handling systems have helped expand the Reckitt Benckiser Gaviscon production capacity and efficiency at the Hull production plant.

Bristol-based Braby designed, manufactured and installed an extension to the powder-ingredients additions sector of the facility, which manufactures Gaviscon.

Braby has increased throughput of the Gaviscon product and improved the accuracy and consistency of batch measurement, while maintaining the stringent level of traceability required in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

It has reduced preparation and transit times and enhanced the plant weighing and transfer capacity by increasing the immediate discharge performance from each of the ingredient hoppers.

Individual material is now separated for weighing and then combined with the entire batch for vacuum transfer.

IBatch software integrates with the mechanical capabilities to collect process data and monitor stringent industry requirements for control and accountability.

Due to the availability of a small shut-down window period at the Reckitt Benckiser site, it was crucial for the preparation and FAT (factory acceptance testing) process to take place at the Braby site prior to installation.

With the testing and pre-assembly completed prior to installation, delays to the project’s tight timescale were avoided.

Both parties could be sure production could re-start immediately after the shut-down period.

John Lee, managing director at Braby, said: ‘Meticulous planning and control were key to the success of the project.

‘Braby completed the wiring and testing of the software controls and it pre-assembled, tested and modified the dosing units, weigh hoppers and discharge equipment at our Bristol premises.

‘As a result, we were able to successfully deliver and install within Reckitt Benckiser’s critical down-time period allowed for the project.’

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