Chain Solutions Blog

Why blindly following the Machinery Standards can be dangerous

Written by Peter Church on 31 Oct 2019

When designing lifting or handling equipment such as forklifts and telehandlers, most design engineers would look to comply with the specific standard for the machine they are designing.

For any machine sold in Europe, that’s the Machinery Directive – Directive 2006/42/EC – a standard that is intended to ensure common levels of safety in machinery used throughout Europe.

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FB Chain's conveyor chain division and BKC Products merge to form FBkc

Written by Pamela Peacock on 07 Oct 2019

The conveyor chain division of Letchworth-based FB Chain Ltd. has merged with mechanical engineering company BKC Products Ltd. of Blackburn to achieve mutual growth. They form a comprehensive and powerful team of engineering knowledge and experience to offer solutions that work.

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Key Considerations When Designing Leaf Chain Anchor Bolts

Written by Dan Hargraves on 04 Oct 2019

Leaf chain anchor bolts are a crucial part of a chain assembly – if they are not designed without considering all the relevant factors then they may not conform to industry standards or they may even fail. Here are the main considerations when designing an anchor bolt for use with a leaf chain.

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The importance of measuring leaf chain for wear

Written by Peter Church on 17 Sep 2019

Leaf chain is a type of chain found most commonly on telehandlers and forklift trucks. In both applications it plays a crucial role. Failure of a leaf chain component can result in catastrophic consequences – leading to a loss of production with associated financial implications or even worse, serious injuries to an operator.

Whatever the role of a leaf chain, it will inevitably wear, and this wear, if unchecked, will lead to failure. It is vital to take steps to prevent as much wear as possible and essential to monitor leaf chain wear so problems can be addressed before a major incident occurs. You should be aware that as well as measuring leaf chain wear to avoid any potential financial loss, it is also a legal requirement.

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Quality, price, speed - how automation gives FB Chain the edge

Written by Peter Church on 12 Sep 2019

Although they may seem simple components, leaf chain assemblies play a crucial part in any machinery they are part of. The failure of an anchor bolt in equipment such as forklifts and telehandlers could mean expensive loss of production and potential injuries to personnel.

This means that any component used in a leaf chain assembly, must be produced to a high standard, with consistency and quality being paramount. They also need to be fit for purpose – elements such as chain anchor bolts need to be designed to suit the task they will be used for and the machine they will be used in.

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Leaf chain and The Machinery Directive 2006/42

Written by Peter Church on 09 Sep 2019

The Machinery Directive, Directive 2006/42/EC, is a European Union directive that is intended to ensure a certain level of safety in machinery and machine parts that are sold in the European Union. The directive, therefore, covers forklift trucks and other similar lifting equipment.

As leaf chain specialists we are often asked to consider how these standards and guidelines apply to leaf chains used in these types of machinery.

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How to identify and replace leaf chain with plastic guides

Written by Martin Green on 05 Sep 2019

Some years ago, a number of forklift manufacturers started to factory-fit leaf chain with plastic guides. These guides were added to prevent wear on hydraulic cylinders or to control guide hoses which were routed through or near the mast of the forklift.

Leaf chain with plastic inserts is now available in a variety of pitch sizes and lengths and are found typically fitted to forklift trucks manufactured by Linde, Boss, Komatsu, Still, Toyota, Cesab, Hyundai and Jungheinrich.

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Are leaf chain anchor pins a weak point in your lift system?

Written by Oliver McCann on 28 Aug 2019

When it comes to forklift trucks and other materials handling equipment that uses fixed leaf chains, the saying “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” is not entirely true, as another weak point is potentially the anchor – where the chain is attached to the lift system.

A key part of that anchor assembly is the leaf chain anchor pin – sometimes called a clevis pin. They often get overlooked, but they play a key part in safely joining the leaf chain to the chain anchor bolts, therefore securing it into the lift system.

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New custom chain for log stackers improves service life

Written by Darran Green on 19 Aug 2019

The wood and paper industries have some of the most arduous applications for industrial chain. And a particular challenge is the gripper chain on log stackers.

FB chain has found a solution that is helping its customers to achieve increased chain life and reduce machine downtime.

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Why a leaf chain test cert is more than a piece of paper

Written by Oliver McCann on 01 Aug 2019

Installed and maintained correctly, the hard-working leaf chain on your forklift or telehandler will give many years of service. But any industrial chain will suffer from wear or potential environmental damage and should be periodically inspected.

To carry out a leaf chain inspection, you need to know certain facts about the chain, facts which are not discernible from a visual inspection. Knowing the part number can help, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

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