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Darran Green

A time-served apprentice, Darran has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of mechanical engineering, including the manufacture and sales of transmissions and other linear motion products.

Recent Posts

How can I make my conveyor operations more sustainable?

Written by Darran Green on 16 September 2020

Lightweight and long-lasting conveyor chains that are tailored to your individual application and set-up can significantly lessen environmental impact by cutting down on the amount of raw material and energy consumed during manufacturing and operation.

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FB Chain keeps wet ash removal conveyor running at UK’s first straw-fuelled biomass plant

Written by Darran Green on 09 September 2020

FB Chain – and now FBkc – has worked with EPR Ely for eight years to boost conveyor performance at the straw-fuelled Elean power station in Cambridgeshire.

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How can I prevent conveyor sprockets from clogging?

Written by Darran Green on 19 August 2020

FB Chain offers specially designed anti-clog conveyor chain sprockets with self-cleaning grooves to prevent loose, moist material from clogging up the driving flank of the sprocket tooth. This ensures the smooth running of the conveyor chain, reduces wear, and increases the service life of both the sprocket and chain.

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5 key questions to ask the manufacturer when sourcing industrial chain

Written by Darran Green on 12 August 2020

To determine what your industrial chain will cost you, which is different to the purchase price, you need to understand the quality and how long it will last – and that depends on the way it is manufactured.

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FB doubles the service life of Swiss biomass CHP plant’s chain conveyor

Written by Darran Green on 22 July 2020

Biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant IWB Basel in Switzerland was unhappy with the service life of the drop forged link chains and sprockets on its infeed scraper conveyor. Our sister company FB Ketten Austria solved the problem – and reduced operating costs during the process.

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How can I make my ash removal chain last longer?

Written by Darran Green on 01 July 2020

When specifying a conveyor chain for a corrosive environment, such as wet ash removal at a biomass energy plant, it’s important to consider the wear characteristics of the material and design. Stainless steel pins and bushes that have been welded for extra strength, for example, can dramatically increase service life and prevent costly unscheduled downtime.

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Biomass conveyor chains: 15 years of experience and counting

Written by Darran Green on 10 June 2020

Through the wider FB Group, we’ve been involved in the European energy-from-waste industry right from its very inception. Now with our dedicated conveyor division in the UK, FBkc, we are more committed than ever to helping biomass plants extend the life of their conveyor components.

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How to quickly and easily identify roller chain

Written by Darran Green on 12 May 2020

I carry around a large number of chain catalogues to help with roller chain identification when I am working at customers’ sites. At first, glance, trying to identify a roller chain can seem very confusing with catalogues featuring lots of special attachments and extended pins, but in fact, the vast majority of roller chain is based on just two main standards:

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New custom chain for log stackers improves service life

Written by Darran Green on 19 August 2019

The wood and paper industries have some of the most arduous applications for industrial chain. And a particular challenge is the gripper chain on log stackers.

FB chain has found a solution that is helping its customers to achieve increased chain life and reduce machine downtime.

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How a plastic wear strip can increase the life of your conveyor chain

Written by Darran Green on 23 July 2019

Demanding conveyor environments, such as biomass plants, cement works, pulp and paper factories or sawmills, rely on robust machinery that can consistently and reliably transport high volumes of material, often over long distances.

Efficient handling of those materials is essential for cost-effective production - and conveyor downtime, whether it's as part of a scheduled preventative maintenance programme, or due to an unplanned outage, can have a detrimental effect on production capacity.

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