Chain Solutions Blog

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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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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Bespoke chain assembly kits, delivered just in time

Written by Pamela Peacock on 19 Feb 2019

Telehandlers are big business. The market is booming – and shows no signs of slowing down, with analysts predicting growth of almost 6% between now and 2022.

But can manufacturers keep up?

When demand is high, a flexible and agile supplier can make a huge contribution to the speed of production – and we’re doing all we can to help.

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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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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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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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