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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

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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Why our robots are such an important part of the FB Chain family

Written by Peter Church on 19 Dec 2018

As anyone within UK manufacturing is all too aware right now, finding (and keeping) skilled staff continues to be a pretty tough task.

And so much so, that here at FB Chain we've had some serious conversations about delaying our plans for growth of the business, simply because securing enough staff to be able to run more than one day shift was proving so problematic.

But while many manufacturers were opting to close down their UK production and send their work off-shore to lower-cost countries, we made the decision to keep things local, and stay competitive, by getting automated.

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6 factors to consider in leaf chain system design

Written by Peter Church on 17 Dec 2018

When designing a leaf chain system for safety-critical forms of materials handling equipment such as forklift trucks or telehandler booms, there are some essential design elements that will ensure there is no compromise in the functionality, compliance and longevity of the chain.

In this blog post we explore six features to consider in leaf chain system design:

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How to avoid supply chain disruption this Lunar New Year

Written by Peter Church on 14 Dec 2018

Lunar New Year - also known as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival - is a treasured and highly anticipated event that is celebrated by close to 1.5 billion people around the world.

As China and its Asian neighbours eagerly await the impending 2019 Lunar New Year festivities (due to begin on February 5th), industrial chain manufacturers across the globe will once again be bracing themselves for the inevitable logistical and supply chain challenges presented by this popular annual holiday.  

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What to look for when conducting a leaf chain inspection

Written by Peter Church on 10 Dec 2018

Regular leaf chain inspection, in combination with an ongoing maintenance programme, will play a crucial role in improving safety and enhancing the service life of your materials handling equipment.

In this blog post we summarise some of the key signs to look for when evaluating the condition of your leaf chain and its component parts.

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What is the best chain wear tool for materials handling equipment?

Written by Peter Church on 19 Nov 2018

Tracking chain wear is a vital element of any chain inspection or service of materials handling equipment. 

In most cases, leaf chain failure is a gradual process in which the chain elongates as it wears. And the accumulative effect of chain wear is a marked increase in the actual pitch of the chain.

Once your leaf chain has reached, or exceeded, the recommended limit of extension then it's time to take action.

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