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Peter Church

Peter has in-depth knowledge of leaf chain and its applications. His 25 years experience in supplying UK manufacturing companies has given a detailed understanding of customer needs, and this has shaped the way he has taken FB chain.

Recent Posts

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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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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Choose a leaf chain for durability and strength

Written by Peter Church on 25 Jun 2019

When choosing a leaf chain, you should consider a number of other factors in addition to the chain’s strength, as these factors will affect the chain’s durability.

Lacing Pattern

The tensile strength of a leaf chain derives from the number of link plates which are used in the lacing, the more plates there are, the greater the tensile strength.

For example, moving from BL634 to BL644, which is just one extra link plate, will increase the tensile strength from 75.6 kN to 97.9 kN (figures from ISO 4347) a 25% increase.

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What type of leaf chain is best for heavy duty lifting?

Written by Peter Church on 25 Jun 2019

The harshness of the operating environment in ports or harbours, together with the requirement for long operational shifts, can place huge demands on leaf chain.

And for empty container handlers, which are often required to stack up to eight containers high (or heights of more than 20 metres), the extreme working conditions are some of the most challenging of all.

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How to maximise boom chain life in telehandlers and MEWPs

Written by Peter Church on 11 Jun 2019

Ensuring your boom chain is in good health is of utmost importance to telehandler and mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) owners.

Proactive maintenance not only guarantees safe operation, it also hugely reduces the risk of unscheduled downtime and improves the total cost of ownership.

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How can I tell when it's time to replace my leaf chain?

Written by Peter Church on 28 May 2019

Regular leaf chain inspection is vital for ensuring the safe operation of any form of safety-critical materials handling equipment such as forklift trucks or telehandlers.

Some signs of chain wear are obvious. Turned pins, for example, are easy to spot and are an indication that a chain will need to be replaced as a matter of urgency.

But other forms of leaf chain wear, may be less visible, which means leaf chain needs to be routinely measured to ensure that it is not exceeding the accepted percentage of elongation.

At the same time it is important to bear in mind that there can be an over-reliance on chain elongation when conducting a leaf chain inspection. What is important is to take into account all the operational factors that can have an impact on chain wear.

In this blog post we discuss some of the key considerations that will help to guide your leaf chain inspections and to ensure the safe and consistent operation of your materials handling equipment.

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