Chain Solutions Blog

Why a leaf chain test cert is more than a piece of paper

Written by Oliver McCann on 01 Aug 2019

Installed and maintained correctly, the hard-working leaf chain on your forklift or telehandler will give many years of service. But any industrial chain will suffer from wear or potential environmental damage and should be periodically inspected.

To carry out a leaf chain inspection, you need to know certain facts about the chain, facts which are not discernible from a visual inspection. Knowing the part number can help, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

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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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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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The FB Chain culture: find great people and keep them

Written by Pamela Peacock on 14 May 2019

Attracting and retaining great staff is a perennial challenge for manufacturing. 

When you find talented team members it makes sense to hang on to them - whether that's through the development of mentorship programmes, provision of recognition and rewards, training and development opportunities or encouraging employee work-life balance.

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