Chain Solutions Blog

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

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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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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