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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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Are the welded pins and bushes on your conveyor chain up to scratch?

Written by Darran Green on 02 Jul 2019

Industrial conveyor systems are frequently required to operate in arduous and demanding conditions.

When the performance of your conveyor chain is key, we often recommend using welded pins and bushes to provide greater strength and improve the wear characteristics of the chain.

If carried out correctly, welded pins and bushes can increase a conveyor chain's strength by more than 30%.

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Which roller chain applications are best for the biomass industry?

Written by Darran Green on 18 Jun 2019

Biomass facilities rely on being able to consistently generate power round the clock, 24/7.  However this need for continual operation can make the cleaning, lubrication and maintenance of roller chain much more of a challenge. 

Any period of downtime - whether it's for planned maintenance or as the result of an unplanned outage - has the potential to cause major disruption and incur huge expense.

So what's the best roller chain solution to reduce planned maintenance time and avoid costly unplanned outages?

If you're finding that corrosion, reduced roller chain service life or unplanned downtime are impacting on your plant's productivity then maintenance free self-lubricating chain (often referred to as lube free chain) could provide the answer.

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6 sprocket solutions to reduce conveyor system downtime

Written by Darran Green on 04 Jun 2019

Conveyor chains are frequently required to operate in arduous and challenging environments, from the transport of biomass fuels to cement, steel-work, recycling, paper and pulp and food processing industries. These are demanding applications that rely on the use of industrial chain and components that have the strength and durability to withstand wear.

In this blog post we explore six conveyor chain sprocket solutions that have been proven to reduce conveyor system downtime, improve productivity and prolong chain life.

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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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