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The Roller Chain Buyers Guide

Here is a brief buyers guide for roller chain which will help you decide which chain you need for your application. Roller chains provide accurate speed ratios and have a low rate of slippage, making them an excellent choice for power transfer. In addition to this, they are superior to other drives in their ability to quickly absorb shocks and vibrations.  They are available in a wide range of dimensions and carrying capacities to accommodate a variety of uses. These models are long-lasting, economical, and simple to keep up because they are fabricated from high-quality carbon steel.  Fatigue Strength Transmission …

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Beware Of Hooked Conveyor Chain Sprockets!

The chain on a conveyor experiences a variety of changes as a direct result of the sprocket’s deterioration. One visual giveaway to a chain’s wear is to look at the sprocket. If the gaps between the sprocket teeth look uneven and take on a hooked shape, then it’s time to replace both sprocket and the chain. The Cause If the wear on each tooth is not even, the result will be an inconsistent pitch as the teeth deteriorate. This indicates that when the chain interacts with the sprocket, it may only engage with half of the teeth of the sprocket. …

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How to reduce the amount of wear on a swan-neck or an inclined conveyor

Because of the higher pressure, the base of an inclined or swan neck conveyor often undergoes greater wear at the point where the conveyor transitions from an inclined to horizontal position. This is because the base of the conveyor ordinarily faces more pressure at this point. By installing wear strips, operators of conveyors can reduce the amount of friction that the chain is subjected to, hence extending the chain’s lifespan and reducing the amount of wear that it undergoes. Recently, a customer brought us some worn chain to inspect on an inclined-to-horizontal conveyor system that was elevated approximately 20 feet …

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Why do roller chains elongate?

Roller chains are a crucial component of a wide variety of machinery, ranging from heavy machinery and industrial equipment to agricultural machinery and other forms of equipment. They are constructed in such a way that power can be efficiently transferred from one shaft to another while still preserving the correct speed ratios. Roller chains, on the other hand, are susceptible to wear and elongation over time, which can lead to a decrease in efficiency, increased expenses associated with maintenance, and even the complete breakdown of the system. So with this in mind, what are the typical factors that lead to …

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What is the best chain for drag conveyors?

Chain is a critical component in any design of drag conveyor and much like any other component, affects the conveyor performance. This poses the question as to what is the best drag conveyor chain? To answer this, we first need to have an understanding of chain corrosion and wear. What are the effects of corrosion on drag conveyor chains? Conveyor chains carrying raw wood and wood pulp have been found to wear mainly due to corrosion caused by the acidity in the wood. Nowadays, steel chains are used in drag conveyors because of the additives that can be added to …

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Why is it best for a chain manufacturer to install their own chain?

So why is it best for a chain manufacturer to install their own chain? To answer this question, you really need to decide if your mechanical contractor knows how best when installing conveyor chains, sprockets and wear strip.  It may be the ideal scenario for some but if it goes wrong the contractor will blame the chain supplier or the chain supplier will blame the contractor. In situations like this the customer is often caught in the middle and on the receiving end of conflicting advice. However, if there’s one point of call, with one person controlling everything, problems get …

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Seven key innovators in the history of industrial chain

Seven key innovators in the history of industrial chain The history of chain dates back thousands of years, although the rapid development of industrial chain came towards the end of the Industrial Revolution in the UK. In this article, we look at seven innovators, who helped make the chain industry what it is today. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) – sketched an early version of leaf chain Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci is often credited with the conception of ideas vastly ahead of his own time, including the parachute, helicopter, calculator, solar power and plate tectonics. But did he also invent …

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5 key questions to ask the manufacturer when sourcing industrial chain

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. I’m always surprised when the first question a potential customer asks is about the price. It doesn’t happen often, as most customers are very particular about their specification, but I do find it strange when it does, as not every type of chain is the same and will achieve the requirements of the application. There are manufacturers who produce different quality grades …

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5 ways to reduce the downtime of your conveyor system

Unplanned conveyor system downtime is one of the biggest problems in manufacturing, with the potential to affect everything from levels of power consumption and waste management to labour productivity and customer satisfaction. When we speak with our sawmill customers, for example, it’s not uncommon for them to tell us that unplanned halts in their production are costing them anything from £50 to £100 per minute. In some cases, they say, it can be even more, depending on which of their lines has been affected. So have you ever calculated just exactly how much your machine downtime is costing you? And what steps …

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6 sprocket solutions to reduce conveyor system downtime

Conveyor chains are frequently required to operate in arduous and challenging environments, from the transport of biomass fuels to cement, steel-work, recycling, paper and pulp and food processing industries. These are demanding applications that rely on the use of industrial chain and components that have the strength and durability to withstand wear. In this blog post we explore six conveyor chain sprocket solutions that have been proven to reduce conveyor system downtime, improve productivity and prolong chain life. 1. Split sprockets Conveyor chain sprockets are often large and heavy and will frequently require the use of a crane to get the sprocket in …

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