Chain Solutions Blog

It’s not business as usual

Written by Peter Church on 19 Mar 2020

An important part of FB Chain’s philosophy is our social responsibility. As the head of the company, I feel a very great responsibility for our employees and their families. This is why we have now made, and in the next few days will make, more changes to limit the threat to our employees from the Coronavirus. Whilst I would love to tell you that our business will continue as usual, the truth is, it won’t.

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Why standards committees are important for chain manufacturers

Written by Peter Church on 12 Mar 2020

This week, I was very pleased to receive a pack from the British Standards Institute confirming that I am now a member of TC100 which represents the UK on standardisation in the field of power transmission chains, conveyor chains, chain wheels and leaf chain. There are 12 countries with active committees and these look after 15 different standards.

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Chain Wear Gauge FAQ – FB Chain professional

Written by Dan Hargraves on 10 Mar 2020

Why should I use a Chain Wear Gauge?

Leaf chain is deemed to be worn beyond its safe service life when the nominal pitch length has been extended by 2% to 3%. At this point, the fatigue life of the leaf chain is reduced and the ultimate breaking strength is considerably lower.

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Can you extend the life of leaf chain on a forklift by reversing ends?

Written by Peter Church on 03 Feb 2020

I am sometimes asked whether you can extend the life of a leaf chain fitted to a forklift, simply by swapping or reversing ends?

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Stilettos not required - A few helpful tips for visiting ConExpo 2020

Written by Pamela Peacock

Trade shows are usually full of energy and good vibes. Having attended many different ones over the years, both as an exhibitor and a visitor, I find the more you plan the better.

ConExpo-Con/Agg, one of the largest construction trade shows in North America is nearly upon us. It's being held March 10th to 14th in Las Vegas. It's a great show to attend as all the latest construction technology congregates there from all over the world. There will be over 2,800 exhibitors and 150 education sessions so it is important that you prepare for your visit beforehand otherwise you could find that you will struggle to do all you need to do in the time that you have.

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A Guide to Pulley Design

Written by Dan Hargraves on 08 Jan 2020

Pulleys, also known as sheaves, are an essential item in a leaf chain system. It is a crucial moving part as an incorrectly designed pulley will have a big impact on performance and the working life of the equipment or the chain, or both. Pulleys should be designed to allow the chain free movement as the ram moves up and down. Ideally, they should be designed to last the lifetime of the machine they are being installed on (unless design criteria dictate otherwise).

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How a unique leaf chain tracking number saves you time and money

Written by Martin Green on 05 Dec 2019

Often in business it's the small details that make all the difference, details that save time and money and transform a difficult complex task into something easy.

When you need to replace a leaf chain on a vital piece of equipment like a telehander or forklift, you may almost certainly need it replaced quickly and with minimum disruption to production. You don’t want to waste time trying to identify which type of leaf chain you need, it’s length and other specifications.

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Six ways to save time and money with leaf chain assemblies

Written by Peter Church on 04 Nov 2019

When you buy leaf chain for telehander or forklift manufacturing you will probably find that it arrives in a box. When you receive it, you’ll have to sort it out and add other components to it before using it in the production line. You may have to cut it to length and store the rest. It can be quite a complex, time-consuming process locating all the components from different deliveries, and then assembling them ready for production.

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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 that is 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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