Chain Solutions Blog

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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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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What is it really costing you to get leaf chain onto your machine?

Written by Pamela Peacock on 08 May 2019

Hidden costs, whether they're considered individually or in combination, can have a surprising impact on a manufacturer's bottom line.

And when it comes to the production of a leaf chain system for a telehandler or forklift, taking the time to identify and review those costs could reap you some significant savings.

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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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5 ways to reduce the downtime of your conveyor system

Written by Darran Green on 02 May 2019

Unplanned conveyor system downtime is one of the biggest problems in manufacturing, with the potential to affect everything from levels of power consumption and waste management to labour productivity and customer satisfaction.

When we speak with our sawmill customers, for example, it's not uncommon for them to tell us that unplanned halts in their production are costing them anything from £50 to £100 per minute. In some cases, they say, it can be even more, depending on which of their lines has been affected.

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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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Could a change of scraper solve your conveyor system downtime issues?

Written by Darran Green on 27 Mar 2019

If you've ever seen the kind of chaos that a failed conveyor flight (or scraper) can cause, then you’ll understand just how much time, effort and money it takes to put this kind of problem right.

Unless you can find a solution, the costs could mount up fast!

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FB Chain to join global construction industry leaders at bauma 2019

Written by Pamela Peacock on 13 Mar 2019

FB Chain will be exhibiting at bauma (The International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles and Construction Equipment) in Munich from April 8th to 14th, 2019.

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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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