Introduction

SIDE PLATE MATERIAL SELECTION

The major requirements of a high quality conveyor chain are excellent wear life, optimum strength and consistently high fatigue resistance.

In order to achieve such benefits we press out and manufacture the various component parts to very close tolerances. We also select high grade steels that, once heat treated, will continue to ensure the desired end results.

We have spent many years working with Scandinavia’s leading steel producers, refining and honing our steel selections, so that we can confidently manufacture high quality conveyor chains for use in the most demanding and arduous applications.

We believe that selecting the correct materials for conveyor chain is so important that we regularly manufacture our chain using two different side plate materials. In doing so, we can ensure that our conveyor chains will provide optimum performance matched to the required application.

Key to our selection of materials is their weldability.

Standard Steel

  • Similar to St52-3 and S355J2G3 with higher yield strength 410 N/mm²
  • Carbon content under 0.20 %
  • Hardness circa 180 HB 
  • Very good for welding
  • Produced in Scandinavia

FB1000

This side plate material is often used in applications which require where there is greater wear on side plates area or where extra strength is required.

  • Similar to StE500 with higher yield strength 520 N/mm²
  • Carbon content 0.25 – 0.30%
  • Hardness circa 220 HB
  • Very good for welding
  • Produced in Scandinavia
Sawmill conveyor

Conveyor chain side plate materials used by FB Chain

 Materials

 % Carbon

 Yield Strength ReH N/mm²

 Tensile Strength ReH N/mm²

Weldability 

 Hardenability

 Standard

 <0.20%

 355

 490 > 630

 Very Good

 Poor

 FB1000

 0.15% to 0.20%

 520

 600 > 800

 Very Good

 Very Good

Typical materials used by other European conveyor chain manufacturers

 Materials

 % Carbon

 Yield Strength ReH N/mm²

 Tensile Strength ReH N/mm²

 Weldability

Hardenability 

 ST60

 0.40%

 315

 570 > 710

 Very Poor

 Good

 ST70

 0.50%

 345

 670 > 830

 Very Poor

 Good

 C45

 0.45%

 305

 580

 Very Poor

 Very Good

 

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