lubefree roller chain printing industryThe high speed of modern printing machines make them one of the most demanding roller chain applications.  Printing machines require precisely timed and measured movements to ensure printing registration and alignment. The printing industry goes to great lengths to ensure their output is protected from grease and dirt.

Contamination of the final product from oil transfer from the roller chain can result in costly rejected print at the end of the printing process.  Lubrication will also attract fine paper dust onto the roller chain surface 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). The paper debris also mixes with the internal lubricant forming an abrasive paste resulting in accelerated wear of the bearing surfaces.

Even a small amount of elongation to roller chain lengths used on printing machines can result in misaligned and badly printed product and halting production to adjust and tension roller chains can be very costly and time consuming. 

Lube free chain is therefore without doubt a great option for the printing 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 make 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 print 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 plates that 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 pin, Sintered bush roller chain