lubrication free roller chain bottlingLube free chain is ideal in bottling and filling machines as they measure out a product from a bulk supply into small containers and packaging requires precisely timed and measured movements.  Rotary heads, revolving carousel product movement are often controlled by roller chain.  Cleaning and maintenance can often be challenging due to space restrictions this makes lubrication and cleaning roller chain very difficult.  Roller chain working in bottling and filling applications often operates in an environment where it gets contaminated by the filling of carbonated drinks like soft drinks or beer and products like liquid detergents which have a tendency to foam. 

Contamination of the final product from oil transfer from the chain can result in problems with labelling bottles, leading to costly rejected products at the end of the process.  Lubrication will also attract ingredients onto the roller chain surface especially if they are dry and dusty, preventing any additional chain lubricant penetrating to the vital load bearing sections of the chain (between the articulating link plates and the chain pins, roller and bushes ).

Even a small amount of elongation to a roller chain used on a filling and bottling machine can result in inefficient operation and incorrectly filled product, stopping production and it can be very costly and time consuming to adjust and tension chains.

Lube free chain is therefore without doubt a great option for the bottling industry.

We have three options for maintenance free self-lubricating chains, often referred to as lube free chain, sintered bush roller chain (SLR chain), plastic combination roller chain (PC chain) and sealed for life roller chain.

The strength and durability of these lubefree chains makes them a good replacement for standard roller chain drives or conveyor chains wherever lubrication must be carried out frequently, is difficult or time-consuming and where product contamination with it’s resultant costly downtime and increased costs must be avoided.   

Our lube free roller chains have been used in many glass and plastic bottling applications.

For more information about plastic combination roller chain (PC chain) constructed with an engineered plastic inner link and stainless steel bearing pins and outer plates which requires no lubrication during it working life,  Plastic combination roller chain

For more information about sealed for life roller chain where lubrication is kept in place due to the seals between the link plates which also keeps dirt out, Sealed for life roller chain

For more information about sintered bush roller chain,  which is a self-lube chain with an oil-impregnated sintered bushing in combination with a specially treated bearing pin,  Sintered bush roller chain