Chain Solutions Blog

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

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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How a plastic wear strip can increase the life of your conveyor chain

Written by Darran Green on 23 Jul 2019

Demanding conveyor environments, such as biomass plants, cement works, pulp and paper factories or sawmills, rely on robust machinery that can consistently and reliably transport high volumes of material, often over long distances.

Efficient handling of those materials is essential for cost-effective production - and conveyor downtime, whether it's as part of a scheduled preventative maintenance programme, or due to an unplanned outage, can have a detrimental effect on production capacity.

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FB Chain shortlisted for Wellbeing in The Logistics Awards 2019

Written by Peter Church on 22 Jul 2019

We’re excited to announce that FB Chain has been shortlisted in the Wellbeing Initiative category at The Logistics Awards 2019.

The Logistics Awards, organised by SHD Logistics, is an annual celebration to recognise the most impressive achievements in the logistics and supply chain sectors over the last 12 months. This year’s awards will take place on 26 September 2019 at The Vox, Resorts World, Birmingham, where winners will be announced.

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6 products that overcome the common challenges of telehandler booms

Written by Peter Church on 16 Jul 2019

A telescopic handler (telehandler) is a widely used and hugely versatile piece of equipment on a job-site.

But just like any other piece of substantial construction equipment, how well a telehandler can do its job is dependent upon the quality of its component parts.

In this blog post we describe six key industrial chain product solutions that each play a role in ensuring the safe operation, consistent performance and long service life of a telehandler boom.

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How to reduce the risk of turned pins in high bearing pressure applications

Written by Peter Church on 09 Jul 2019

Some applications like drilling rigs, piling rigs and port equipment experience very high temporary loads. These high loads are generated by the harsh environment, dirt and debris. When drilling and piling, an additional factor is the inconsistency of the ground structure that’s being worked through.

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