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:
Biomass facilities rely on being able to consistently generate power round the clock, 24/7. However this need for continual operation can make the cleaning, lubrication and maintenance of roller chain much more of a challenge.
Any period of downtime - whether it's for planned maintenance or as the result of an unplanned outage - has the potential to cause major disruption and incur huge expense.
So what's the best roller chain solution to reduce planned maintenance time and avoid costly unplanned outages?
If you're finding that corrosion, reduced roller chain service life or unplanned downtime are impacting on your plant's productivity then maintenance free self-lubricating chain (often referred to as lube free chain) could provide the answer.
When purchasing a new roller chain, it can be tempting to look primarily at the upfront cost. You simply choose the best price, buy a whole bunch of chain and it's job done. Or is it?
The reality for many buyers of industrial chains is that, once you've factored in the ongoing operating costs, opting for a lower-priced option can actually end up being more expensive. What's just as important to consider is the total cost of ownership (TCO).
Leading industrial chain manufacturer and supplier FB Chain is pleased to announce the introduction of a new range of plastic wear strips for use with roller and conveyor chains.
Developed in Germany, the new FB wear strips (also known as chain guides) are manufactured from ultra high molecular weight Polyethylenes (UMHW-PE) to provide maximum wear resistance and durability for a multitude of transmission applications.