Chain Solutions Blog

Quality, price, speed - how automation gives FB Chain the edge

Written by Peter Church on 12 Sep 2019

Although they may seem simple components, leaf chain assemblies play a crucial part in any machinery they are part of. The failure of an anchor bolt in equipment such as forklifts and telehandlers could mean expensive loss of production and potential injuries to personnel.

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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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UK’s first HALTER CNC robot boosts flexibility at FB Chain

Written by Peter Church on 10 Dec 2015

FB Chain took delivery of the UK’s first robotic loading arm by HALTER CNC Automation this summer to support one of its anchor bolt milling machines. This investment has significantly improved FB Chain’s ability to provide a quick turnaround for customers even at short notice.

FB Chain’s manufacturing manager Nigel Eames proudly introduces the newest addition to the company’s production facility, the HALTER LoadAssistant®. Having seen the HALTER LoadAssistant® in action at several reference plants in Germany, FB Chain became the first company to employ one in the UK in June.

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