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CI Logistics has automated the movement of products for Hodgson Sealants, enabling the company to achieve up to a 10 per cent increase in production at its Lymington facility.

A continuous conveyor system, which has been designed, manufactured and installed by CI Logistics, transports boxes of butyl sealant products from the first floor of Hodgson Sealants’ Lymington site to the palletising and despatch area on the ground floor.

The palletised raw butyl sealant arrives by lift onto the upstairs extruder floor, ready prepared for the extrusion process.

This raw product is fed to the production lines, where each operator can produce 50 to 120 boxes of extruded product per shift.

All of the extrusion lines are connected by spurs to the main conveyor system.

Double lift-up gates have been incorporated into a number of these conveyor spur sections to allow access with a pallet truck as necessary.

As the operators fill the boxes with finished product, they now simply push them out onto the conveyor system instead of directly placing them onto the pallets.

Transportation of boxes to the ground floor is via one of two conveyor routes; one runs above the main gangway supported by structural steelwork to provide maximum usable floor space, while the other emerges from the extruder floor close to the decline section where the two routes merge.

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