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CI Logistics, a materials handling company, has designed and installed a triple-strand chain conveyor for the light-vehicle drive line at Dana Traction Technologies’s facility in Witton, Birmingham.

The conveyor, supplied from the Kaybe Solutions division of CI Logistics, has been manufactured to continuously transport Jaguar rear axles away from the Dana assembly line to the company’s despatch area.

Bill Sant, assembly process engineer for Dana, selected CI Logistics as the company’s preferred supplier for the conveyor.

He said: ‘At first, we were unsure what type of pallet we would be using – whether it would be a vacuum-formed plastic dunnage or a steel stillage.

‘As a result, the initial designs were developed to transport either type of pallet.

‘When the final decision was made to use a plastic dunnage, CI Logistics was left with a tight deadline to make and install the conveyor in readiness for our launch date.

‘It was all up and running in time; the conveyor is a good-quality, robust device and it has proved to be completely reliable,’ added Bill.

CI Logistics also designed and installed the barriers and electrical-site wiring, which included a cascade logic control system and an E.stop system.

As the axles come off the assembly line, they are placed – four at a time – into the dunnage, which is supported by three rows of feet.

The conveyor has been specially constructed to support each row of feet on its own strand of chain.

A total of six dunnages, each weighing up to 750kg, can be transported on the conveyor at any one time.

The conveyor moves the plastic trays at a speed of 12m/min and provides a 24-axle-capacity buffer system at the unload position.

At the end of the line, an audit check is made on each dunnage, the lid is fitted and they are moved by a forklift truck to a consolidation area where they are stacked four high and banded up ready for despatch.

Dana supplies automotive product solutions for vehicles’ drivetrain, structural, sealing and thermal systems.

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