Chain Solutions Blog

A brief history of chain: from Ancient Egypt to Jubilee Business Park

Written by Peter Church on 12 Feb 2021

Who invented industrial chain? Was it Hans Renold, André Galle, Leonardo da Vinci or perhaps even Imhotep? We look back over the key innovations that laid the foundations for today’s lifting and transmission chain.

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7 reasons to specify BL series leaf chain when designing new handling equipment

Written by Peter Church on 06 Jan 2021

When faced with a choice of AL, EL-LL or BL-LH series leaf chain, we almost always recommend handling equipment designers to specify BL series leaf chain due to its superior consistency, strength and availability.  

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What is the difference between leaf chain wear and chain stretch?

Written by Peter Church on 30 Nov 2020

Chain wear and chain stretch both increase the length of leaf chain but it is important to understand the difference and what you are actually measuring when carrying out inspections with a chain wear gauge.

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What to look for when comparing quality between leaf chain suppliers

Written by Peter Church on 17 Nov 2020

All leaf chain manufacturers will have their own ideas on the best combination of material, heat treatment and process for making good leaf chain but there are certain factors you can rely on to objectively compare quality.

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What type of nuts should I specify on leaf chain anchor bolts?

Written by Dan Hargraves on 04 Nov 2020

There’s no one size fits all when it comes to leaf chain anchor bolt nuts. The loads, vibrations and temperatures experienced during operation all impact performance – and some types of nuts are much more durable and easier to adjust than others. Here we break down some of the advantages and disadvantages of each type, depending on application.  

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Using the minimum safety factor in the Machinery Standards can be dangerous

Written by Peter Church on 17 Jun 2020

When designing lifting or handling equipment such as forklifts and telehandlers, most design engineers would look to comply with the specific standard for the machine they are designing.

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Why standards committees are important for chain manufacturers

Written by Peter Church on 12 Mar 2020

This week, I was very pleased to receive a pack from the British Standards Institute confirming that I am now a member of TC100 which represents the UK on standardisation in the field of power transmission chains, conveyor chains, chain wheels and leaf chain. There are 12 countries with active committees and these look after 15 different standards.

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Can you extend the life of leaf chain on a forklift by reversing ends?

Written by Peter Church on 03 Feb 2020

I am sometimes asked whether you can extend the life of a leaf chain fitted to a forklift, simply by swapping or reversing ends?

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How a unique leaf chain tracking number saves you time and money

Written by Martin Green on 05 Dec 2019

Often in business it's the small details that make all the difference, details that save time and money and transform a difficult complex task into something easy.

When you need to replace a leaf chain on a vital piece of equipment like a telehander or forklift, you may almost certainly need it replaced quickly and with minimum disruption to production. You don’t want to waste time trying to identify which type of leaf chain you need, it’s length and other specifications.

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Six ways to save time and money with leaf chain assemblies

Written by Peter Church on 04 Nov 2019

When you buy leaf chain for telehander or forklift manufacturing you will probably find that it arrives in a box. When you receive it, you’ll have to sort it out and add other components to it before using it in the production line. You may have to cut it to length and store the rest. It can be quite a complex, time-consuming process locating all the components from different deliveries, and then assembling them ready for production.

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