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Dispatch area space saved by demounts

15th October 1971
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• New demountable bodied vehicles now in operation with Croydex Rubber Products Ltd, Andover, are said to reduce the size of the company's dispatch area by 75 per cent, releasing prime factory space for further production and packaging operations. The 1300 cu ft capacity bodies were built by Locomotors Ltd, also of Andover, and use the manually operated Davies-Magnet demountable system.

In effect, the demountables are a mobile extension to the factory—household rubber goods from the production lines being loaded straight into the waiting bodies during the day, for delivery on overnight trunk runs to those large outlets operating 24-hour receiving services. Thus storage problems associated with a high-volume, low-weight product are minimized and a constant fast production flow maintained.

The two Locomotors-built demountable containers are based on Ford D.800 182in. wheelbase chassis. Body length is 22ft. Construction is of extruded alloy sections, gussetted and braced at all stress points, with sides panelled in 19swg ribbed alloy. Roofs are made of one-piece glassfibre panels, and full-width and height rear alloy roller shutter doors are fitted. The interiors have slatted wood sides with partial height plywood panelling, and all-round metal kick-plates. Interior lights are also fitted.

The container base-frames have mild steel channel cross-members welded into main longitudinal channels, with the Davies-Magnet landing legs and holdingdown locks, etc, welded into this frame. All the container locating and securing equipment is fixed to the Ford chassis.


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