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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.

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Are the chains on your butt-flare-reducer a pain in the...?

Written by Peter Church on 21 May 2019

Modern sawmills are increasingly looking for ways to maximise the timber produced from each tree trunk, with many companies investing heavily in scanning equipment to improve the yield and quality of the timber.

Developments in wood harvesting methods mean that tree trunks can now be cut much closer to the base of a tree, with almost no stump (or butt) left in the ground.

But because the lowest part of the tree often expands in diameter, this can cause problems when it comes to processing.

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How did industrial chains manufacturer FB Chain get its name?

Written by Peter Church on 14 May 2019

As FB Chain's UK Managing Director, it's fair to say I spend a lot of my time meeting and talking to new companies and contacts.

And one of the most frequent questions I get asked is: "What does the 'FB' in FB Chain actually stand for?"

To paint the full picture, we need to go back nearly 150 years to the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, or as it is known by its Swedish nickname, "Smedstaden" (Smith Town).

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Secure your place at FB Chain's 'Chain Knowledge Day' 2019

Written by Peter Church on 07 May 2019

Taking the time to maintain and improve good materials handling practice is a key priority for any company that is working with safety-critical forklift mast components.

And it's with this goal in mind that FB Chain will be holding the latest in its popular series of annual Chain Knowledge Days at its Letchworth site on 12th June 2019.

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Why an anchor bolt is so important for leaf chain system design

Written by Peter Church on 01 May 2019

To some people, a leaf chain anchor bolt is simply a piece of steel comprised of a thread and some slots.

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What are the pros and cons of fixing leaf chain using outer links?

Written by Peter Church on 24 Apr 2019

Leaf chain anchor bolts (also known as leaf chain clevises) play a safety-critical role in forklift truck operation.

Depending upon the application, they can be manufactured to a wide variety of sizes and designs.

It is widely accepted that the strongest possible connection is achieved when the leaf chain ends on the inner links and fits internally to the chain anchor, as it is a manufacturing method that ensures the maximum number of sheer faces and the greatest tensile strength.

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What you need to know about the LOLER Approved Code of Practice

Written by Peter Church on 05 Mar 2019

Lifting operations within the workplace can be extremely dangerous - whether it's the positioning of steel beams on a construction site, the shifting of heavy pallets in a warehouse or the hoisting of personnel up the side of a tower-block.

If you run a business which operates lifting equipment in any capacity then you are responsible for ensuring its inspection and maintenance.

In the UK this means adhering to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

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Why use a professional chain wear gauge over tape or steel rule?

Written by Peter Church on 26 Feb 2019

When leaf chain fails, it's usually the result of a gradual process in which the chain elongates with long-term use. And the more that chain wears, the greater the increase in the actual pitch of the chain.

Any sudden failure can have catastrophic consequences. Which means when you're assessing the safety of industrial materials handling equipment such as forklifts, there's no room for error.

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Why measuring wear isn't always the best leaf chain inspection method

Written by Peter Church on 15 Feb 2019

When conducting a leaf chain inspection of any form of safety-critical industrial equipment, there can often be an over-reliance on the measuring of chain elongation.

While chain elongation is a significant factor, it should also be considered in the context of a wide range of other chain wear signs and symptoms including the condition of surfaces, pins and links or the effects of rust.

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Why the right lubrication matters for the service life of leaf chain

Written by Peter Church on 29 Jan 2019

Even when engineers are confident that they've lubricated their leaf chain sufficiently, they can still encounter issues with friction corrosion, pitting and more.

So what steps should you follow to ensure your chain lubricant is applied to achieve optimum performance life?

And how can you be sure you've selected the right lubricant for the job?

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FB launches new employee wellness initiatives for 2019

Written by Peter Church on 22 Jan 2019

Our sense of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing can have an enormous impact on our levels of satisfaction, performance and productivity in the workplace.

It's something that we have always placed a large priority on at FB Chain - and with that in mind, we're pleased to announce that we'll be introducing an exciting range of new employee wellness initiatives over the coming months.

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