Serving industries all over the world, Renoldís conveyor chain expertise is based on design experience, flexible manufacturing techniques and the ability to adapt to a particular customerís requirements to produce the right result.
The precision conveyor chain, like transmission chain, consists of a series of journal bearings held in precise relationship to each other by constraining link plates.
Each bearing consists of a bearing pin and bush on which the chain roller revolves. The bearing pin and bush are case-hardened to allow articulation under high pressures, and to contend with the load carrying pressure and gearing action imparted via the chain rollers.
There is, for each strength of conveyor chain, a range of pitches; the minimum pitch being governed by the need for adequate wheel tooth strength; the maximum pitch being normally dictated by plate and general chain rigidity. When required, the normal maximum pitch can be exceeded by the use of strengthening bushes between the link plates, and suitable gaps to clear the bushes must be provided in the wheel teeth.
Conveyor chain, like transmission roller chain, can be manufactured to a number of different international standards. The main standards available are:
British Standard (BS)
This standard covers chain manufactured to suit the British market and markets where a strong British presence has dominated engineering design and purchasing. The standard is based on the original Renold Conveyor Chain design.
ISO Standard Chain
Chain manufactured to ISO Standard is not interchangeable with BS or DIN Standard Chain. This standard has a wide acceptance in the European market, except in Germany. Chain manufactured to this standard is becoming more popular and are used extensively in the Scandinavian region.
Hollow Bearing Pin Chain
Hollow bearing pin chain facilitates fixing attachments to outer links by bolting through the hollow pin and is suitable for use in all normal conditions. The attachments may be bolted up tight or held in the hollow bearing pin in a "free" manner. Bolted attachments should only span the outer link, as a bolted attachment spanning the inner link would impair the free articulation of the chain.
Deep Link Chain
Deep link chains have sideplates with a greater depth than the normal chain plates; thus providing a continuous carrying edge above the roller periphery. When lateral flexing of the chain is required to negotiate horizontal bend radii, coned bearing pins are employed. Available in Hollow or Solid Pin versions.
Solid Bearing Pin Conveyor Chain
Solid bearing pin chain, while having exactly the same gearing dimensions, i.e. pitch, inside width and roller diameter as the equivalent hollow bearing pin chain, is more robust and is recommended for use where arduous conditions may be encountered.
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