Chain Solutions Blog

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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What is the most efficient method for cleaning industrial chains?

Written by Peter Church on 12 Nov 2018

When materials handling equipment such as forklifts or telehandlers are operating in especially arduous or aggressive environments, any leaf chain and its component parts can be subject to a significant amount of contamination from sand, grit or harsh industrial atmospheres.

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What is the impact of environment on leaf chain wear life?

Written by Peter Church on 05 Nov 2018

The environments in which leaf chain mechanisms operate can differ widely. And the harsher the environmental conditions, the greater the impact will be on the safety, efficiency and longevity of the chain.

Chain that is used in forklift trucks, for example, can often be compromised by the effects of outdoor moisture, highly corrosive atmospheres or abrasion from sand or grit.

In this blog post we explore the primary environmental factors that can affect leaf chain wear-life and the importance of regular leaf chain inspection in ensuring the optimum performance of your materials handling equipment.

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Why does some leaf chain measure under pitch?

Written by Peter Church on 19 Sep 2018

All leaf chains are manufactured to International Standard ISO 4347:2015, which allows for ‘LL’ (EL) series leaf chains to be produced from link plates that can also be used to construct short pitch transmission roller chain.

Whether the actual pitch of the leaf chain is the same as its nominal pitch, however, depends on the manufacturer.

In this blog post we explain how to allow for the discrepancy between the nominal and actual pitch of leaf chain - and the alternatives that can solve the problem altogether.

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What to look for in a leaf chain safety test certificate

Written by Peter Church on 18 Sep 2018

All replacement forklift truck chains should be supplied with a chain test certificate that provides crucial information about the chain’s minimum breaking load and proof load.

But while the majority of forklift manufacturers and maintenance firms place a lot of importance on receiving these test certificates, the reality is that many will file them away without looking at them.

In this blog post, we describe the benefits of taking a closer look - and the key elements to look out for in your leaf chain test certificate.

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How to decode the leaf chain part number system

Written by Peter Church on 04 Sep 2018

Leaf chain part numbers are not arbitrary things.

The different combinations of letters and numbers that make up a leaf chain part number provide you with vital information about the type of chain, its pitch and its lacing.

This blog post provides an explanation of these three key elements to enable you to quickly and accurately select the correct chain for your materials handling application.

Once you know what to look for, you'll see how easy it is to decode any leaf chain part number in an instant.

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How to ensure your leaf chain is appropriate

Written by Martin Green on 24 Feb 2013

Leaf chain – used on the masts of forklift trucks –withstands the full load exerted on it via the forks and carriage arrangement and is a safety critical component.

But, with anecdotal evidence pointing to a big rise in sub-standard chain entering the market in recent years, how can you ensure that the chain on your forklift is appropriate?

We offer five tips to help lift truck users and dealers ensure they get the right product for the job.

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