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Darran Green

A time-served apprentice, Darran has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of mechanical engineering, including the manufacture and sales of transmissions and other linear motion products.

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5 ways to reduce the downtime of your conveyor system

Written by Darran Green on 02 May 2019

Unplanned conveyor system downtime is one of the biggest problems in manufacturing, with the potential to affect everything from levels of power consumption and waste management to labour productivity and customer satisfaction.

When we speak with our sawmill customers, for example, it's not uncommon for them to tell us that unplanned halts in their production are costing them anything from £50 to £100 per minute. In some cases, they say, it can be even more, depending on which of their lines has been affected.

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Could a change of scraper solve your conveyor system downtime issues?

Written by Darran Green on 27 Mar 2019

If you've ever seen the kind of chaos that a failed conveyor flight (or scraper) can cause, then you’ll understand just how much time, effort and money it takes to put this kind of problem right.

Unless you can find a solution, the costs could mount up fast!

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New investment a positive move for European conveyor chain manufacture

Written by Darran Green on 15 Jan 2019

We were excited to hear the news this month that our Finnish sister company, FB Ketju, has made a significant new investment in its conveyor chain manufacturing operations with the purchase of new premises in Lappi, Rauma, Finland.

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Three simple ways to take the weight out of your conveyor chain

Written by Darran Green on 02 Jan 2019

Conveyor chain is used in a wide variety of arduous and highly demanding applications - from the transport of biomass fuels to cement, steel work, pulp and paper and the recycling industry.
Strength, durability and reliability are key. And system downtime, whether it's planned or unplanned, can be hugely costly.
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How adjustable sprockets reduce the downtime of industrial conveyors

Written by Darran Green on 03 Dec 2018

Every component of a conveyor system, from chains to sprocket wheels to attachments, needs to be designed to achieve the optimum balance between strength, durability and resistance to wear.

Conveyor chain systems are also required to operate in often arduous environmental conditions which means there is an increased reliance on the use of the highest quality materials and on the most stringent of manufacturing methods to avoid unplanned and potentially costly shutdowns.

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How much is your roller chain really costing you?

Written by Darran Green on 26 Nov 2018

When purchasing a new roller chain, it can be tempting to look primarily at the upfront cost. You simply choose the best price, buy a whole bunch of chain and it's job done. Or is it?

The reality for many buyers of industrial chains is that, once you've factored in the ongoing operating costs, opting for a lower-priced option can actually end up being more expensive. What's just as important to consider is the total cost of ownership (TCO).

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New building, new bodies

Written by Darran Green on 27 Mar 2017

As most of the FB Chain team spend their working days sitting behind desks, the Letchworth-based chain manufacturer has decided to take action by launching a number of healthy lifestyle initiatives, including a six-week gym fitness programme.

“Moving into the new office wasn’t just a chance to grow as a business, it was also an opportunity to develop as a team,” says FB Chain’s managing director, Peter Church.

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FB Chain are exhibiting at RWM 2016

Written by Darran Green on 07 Sep 2016

FB Chain are looking forward to exhibiting at RWM 16. The company stand will offer information on our conveyor product range with a special focus on cleverly-designed scrapers, wear strips and sprockets that are helping recycling and waste management customers all around Europe to maximize their conveyor uptime.

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Traceability is essential when dealing with safety critical parts

Written by Darran Green on 12 Sep 2015

Every chain that is received from the factory arrives with a detailed master certificate which includes many details such as the dimensions, material details, tensile strength and test data. Key information that we require to produce a test certificate for each batch of the chain.

The master certificate is then held by FB Chain for posterity. Over the years, the number of master certificates held by us has grown significantly and resulted in a great deal of space being taken up storing them, as they were paper copies. It also meant that finding an old master certificate could at times be a cumbersome job.

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FB Group celebrates 70 years of quality conveyors

Written by Darran Green on 09 Jul 2015

On 17th June several hundred staff, suppliers, dignitaries and customers from across Finland, Sweden, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Central Europe gathered at FB Ketjutekniikka’s facilities in Köyliö, Finland, to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary – and inaugurate a new factory building.

Founded in 1945 FB Ketjutekniikka has grown to become the largest manufacturer of conveyor chain in Scandinavia and the largest manufacturer of welded conveyor chain in Europe. It specialises in custom materials and attachments for the wood processing, steel and mining industries.

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