Specifying higher quality mechanical power transmission products usually comes with a price premium. Of course, when specified correctly, this premium can be more than recouped by their longer working life and lower maintenance requirements. Plant engineers and machine designers are advised to look at the 'total cost of ownership' rather than the purchase price when buying components such as transmission chain.
The performance of existing plant and machinery can sometimes be markedly improved by the simplest of modifications, such as retrofitting a better quality transmission chain. Greg Sharp of Tsubaki UK expands on the concept and looks at some real-world examples where productivity and profitability gains were achieved.
Attachment chain is one of the unsung heroes of the industrial world, being critical to the movement of a diverse range of products along the production line. From the food and beverage sector to pharmaceuticals, and from packaging to automotive parts production, attachment chain is critical to the efficiency and reliability of the production line.
Selecting from a range of standard and custom attachments allows the chain to be customised to the precise needs of the conveying application. Options include extended and folded link plates, extended pins, and other fittings which are attached to the basic roller chain to provide a highly tailored engineering solution.
New wear indicators are now available from Tsubakimoto Europe for both BS (British Standard RF06B to RS16B) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute RS35 to RS80) chain.
Tsubaki has launched the G8 Series (eighth-generation) of its RS Roller Chain and its Heavy Duty Drive Chain.
RS Roller Chain is the company's standard, designed to meet the needs of most applications. Heavy Duty Drive Chain is an endurance chain with a high maximum allowable tension for particularly demanding situations.
The G8 RS Roller Chain offers a 20% improvement in service life over the previous designs and a special corrosion suppressing oil is applied to the chain in the final stage of manufacture to inhibit rust and improve durability. Developed in-house, this oil does not leave a sticky residue on the chain surface, making handling cleaner and more pleasant. The new G8 chain is available in 11 sizes from RS40 to RS240.
Tsubaki has introduced a wear indicator for large pitch chain drive sprockets which provides a clear indication of wear, allowing the sprocket to be replaced before it fails. Eliminating the guesswork traditionally associated with wear checking, the indicator protects investment in capital equipment, eliminates breakdowns and allows better management of maintenance scheduling.The Tsubaki Wear Indicator has been specifically designed to provide a clear indicator of wear, allowing the sprocket to be replaced before it fails