The welcome overheads
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TIBBETT AND BRITTEN has introduced the first mechanised garment handling system of its kind in the United Kingdom, at its Hackney depot in London.
The ITS overhead conveying system replaced the original system in September, but has taken until now to come on stream. Apart from increasing overall efficiency, the new system will take much of the drudgery out of the job for warehouse employees, hopes the company.
Garments are now placed on special carrying baskets attached to the overhead conveying system, and are carried to the destination zone after a destination code is set. When they arrive at the zone they are discharged into the appropriate lane and propelled to the checking station. "Sets" are then checked and removed from the baskets and placed on hanging rails corresponding to destination areas.
Previously, once off-loaded from vehicles, garments carried on hangers suspended from cus tom-designed handles or sets were placed on castored rails and manually moved around the warehouse storage areas.
Modelled on a similar system to that operated by Tibbett and Britten's French associate, Transvet, the £0.25m installation was designed as a sorting system integral to the depot's functions.