Manufacturer upgrades quality

Published:  16 December, 2016

Hodge_Clemco.JPGThompsons, a leading UK truck tipper body builder, says it is now offering customers a premium-quality paint finish for their equipment following installation of a self-contained blast-room from HODGE CLEMCO as part of a major investment in finishing facilities.

The company’s Lancashire premises complete some 25 tipper bodies a month for customers throughout the UK – about 50 % of its total production. In the past the finishing work at the Blackburn operations was carried out by subcontractors. Expansion into a third production area was followed by installation of in-house surface preparation and paint application facilities, allowing better control of quality and production schedules.

Hodge Clemco says the blast-room is 12 metres long x 5.5 metres wide x 5 metres high and is built of acoustically insulated wall and roof panels with a 3.5-metre wide vertical folding door at one end. Tipper bodies are carried in and out of the chamber on a pneumatically powered bogie with a five-tonne safe working load running on a rail track. The bogie has two levels so that all body surfaces can be worked on conveniently by operatives.

Chilled iron abrasive held in a four-tonne silo with twin outlets is used to provide a high-quality surface that is regular, clean and rust-free in order to optimise the long-term performance of the final paint finish.

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