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The Drive chain is often perceived in industry as a machine element as a means to an end, while the more complex components surrounding it receive more attention. And so designers often use inexpensive standard solutions and do not even question customer-specific development. It offers Tsubaki quite worthwhile alternatives for special requirements.
For many applications in drive technology, there is a large - sometimes confusingly diverse - selection of different chain technologies. Here it is advisable that planners talk with a chain supplier about the best choice for their application. It sometimes turns out that the often-used standard chain is not the best choice, and a custom solution can lower the total cost of ownership (TCO).
The drive specialist engineers are constantly developing the portfolio of their standard chains to stay abreast of developments. If a new production technology is developed in which, for example, extreme temperatures, the influence of chemicals or particularly high loads occur, they also try to provide a corresponding chain for it. Nevertheless, there are applications in which a tailor-made and therefore more complex chain is the most efficient solution.
Special design team
A special design department is dedicated to these adjustments. The engineers design customer-specific chains, add-on parts or special sizes. Some products differ only slightly from the standard chain and comply with the DIN / ISO standards. Others, however, require a completely individual solution and exceed the usual standards. In both cases, the team works very closely with the designers and engineers of the users.
Applications that do not conform to the standard can, for example, As high speeds, high loads, extreme shock loads, continuous operation, longer periods of use, etc. have. Extreme environmental conditions include water, brackish or salt water, steam and moisture, as well as corrosive substances or atmospheres, extreme temperatures or temperature fluctuations, outdoor applications in extreme weather, and even locations that are difficult to reach.
To meet all these requirements, the manufacturer offers solutions such as maintenance-free chains, chains made of stainless steel and other high-performance materials, corrosion- and chemical-resistant chains, chains with unusual geometries or special lubricants.
Requirements for conveyor chains
In conveyor chains, there are often applications in which such an individual design should be considered. Here, the attachments are just as important as the chain itself. The drive specialist offers a wide range of standard accessories and also develops special solutions here. These could for example be based on bolts, lugs, special profiles, moldings, etc., and be made of a variety of metals, engineering plastics or other materials.
In addition, a custom approach to conveyor chains often involves changing the chain pitch. The existing conveyor chains according to DIN or ISO standards do not cover all the requirements of the industry. Therefore, during its 100 year of existence, Tsubaki has also developed standards that are considered in each new custom project.
The company has already written many success stories: An example from the Netherlands shows how a steel mill improved its productivity in the long term after retrofitting lifting chains that last from 10 to 15 years. Or, a French automaker could almost completely eliminate a conveyor downtime caused by wear friction by installing a "Double Plus" accumulation conveyor chain.
Unexpected downtime can thus be avoided, maintenance costs reduced and downtimes minimized by talking to the expert before selecting the drive chain.