Regular leaf chain inspection is vital for ensuring the safe operation of any form of safety-critical materials handling equipment such as forklift trucks or telehandlers.
Some signs of chain wear are obvious. Turned pins, for example, are easy to spot and are an indication that a chain will need to be replaced as a matter of urgency.
But other forms of leaf chain wear, may be less visible, which means leaf chain needs to be routinely measured to ensure that it is not exceeding the accepted percentage of elongation.
At the same time it is important to bear in mind that there can be an over-reliance on chain elongation when conducting a leaf chain inspection. What is important is to take into account all the operational factors that can have an impact on chain wear.
In this blog post we discuss some of the key considerations that will help to guide your leaf chain inspections and to ensure the safe and consistent operation of your materials handling equipment.