Pneumatic Discharge for Standard Lorries
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E.. VOLVED by F. E. Callow (Engineers), 1—■ Ltd., Kirkby Industrial Estate, Liverpool, to provide an easy means for unloading sacked materials from a standard drop-sided lorry, a new pneumatic-discharge system is stated to offer many of the advantages of a specialized bulk-delivery vehicle at reasonable cost.
The system can be employed only for discharging the material. It fulfils the needs of many operators who are faced with unloading difficulties at farms but are provided with an ample labour force for loading at the depot. It can also be applied to a tipping vehicle.
Main units of the, system comprise a power take-off-driven compressor with an output of 350 c.f.m, at a pressure of 5 p.s.i., a shaft-driven rotary-type blower valve located at the rear of the vehicle, an inter-connecting flexible Pipe, and a longer length of flexible pipe for discharging the material to the storage bin. It is claimed that the blower valve has a capacity of up to 18 tons an hour. Drive to the blower is taken from the power take-off and is transmitted through a reduction gearbox.
Sacks are emptied manually by the driver into a hopper mounted above the blower, which is capable of handling flour, animal foods in the form of cubes and pellets, sand and a variety of granulated materials. Cost of the equipment is approximately £544.
NEW POLICY FOR ARTCO TO BE FORMULATED
'FUTURE policy of Associated Road L Transport Contractors. Ltd., will be formulated at an open meeting to be held at the White Hall Hotel, Bloomsbury Square, London. W.C.1, at 2.30 p.m. on September 30. Artco has been reconstituted on association lines and a new limited company has been formed.
Members of the old organization are expected to join the new body. -Other hauliers who are interested in voluntary co-ordination of long-distance work are invited to attend the meeting which will be preceded by a luncheon.
Mr. H. L. Walker will preside. Mr. M. W. Harris, who had been chairman since the organization's inception in 1945, retired several weeks ago. He remains a director along with Mr. A. Cusick, Mr. R. C.. W. NickollS and Mr. A. Wentworth Smith.