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The role of forged conveyor chains in improving efficiency

Enhancing Material Handling with Forged Conveyor Chains

Within the process industry, the movement of solid materials is a critical component of operations. Mechanical conveying systems, such as drag chain conveyors, screw conveyors, elevators, and excavators, are integral to this process, offering a reliable means of transporting materials in various directions and inclinations. The efficiency of these systems is paramount, and forged conveyor chains play a pivotal role in optimizing performance.

Forged conveyor chains are designed to withstand the rigors of transporting hot, abrasive, and challenging materials. Their robust construction ensures that they can handle the demands of high-capacity systems, supporting up to 300 tons per hour and enduring temperatures up to 600°C. This resilience translates into smoother operations and reduced downtime, directly impacting the efficiency of material handling processes.

Customization: The Key to Optimized Conveying

Every material handling scenario presents unique challenges, necessitating conveyor chains that are tailored to specific requirements. We understand that the type of link, the number and placement of flights, and the pitch of flights must be carefully selected based on the characteristics of the material being conveyed. By assembling conveyor chains to order, we ensure that each system operates at its peak efficiency, minimizing operational expenses and the total cost of ownership.

Our commitment to customization extends to the selection of materials used in chain links. While the industry standard may be case-hardened manganese steel, we advocate for the use of boron steel in many applications due to its superior durability. This choice, while initially more costly, results in significant long-term savings by extending the service life of the chains and reducing the frequency of replacements.

Quality Assurance: A Commitment to Excellence

Before our conveyor chains leave the factory, they undergo a rigorous quality assurance process. This ensures that each chain meets our high standards for durability and performance. Our dedication to quality has earned us the Key Flag symbol, a testament to Finnish craftsmanship and expertise. By continuously refining our designs, we aim to provide the most durable solutions that keep your operations running smoothly while keeping expenses low.

Our focus on quality extends beyond the manufacturing process. We also provide tools and guidance for continuous maintenance, helping clients anticipate wear and elongation. By recommending timely chain and sprocket replacements, we help prevent unplanned stops and maintain the efficiency of your conveying systems.

Material Selection: Beyond the Standard

While manganese steel is a common choice for industrial chain links, we often recommend boron steel for its extended service life. The slightly higher initial cost is offset by the longevity and reliability it provides, which is crucial in demanding conditions. For specialized applications, we also offer stainless steel and heat-resistant steel options, ensuring that our chains can withstand even the harshest chemical and thermal environments.

Our approach to material selection is not just about meeting the immediate needs of a conveying system. It’s about understanding the total cost of ownership and making strategic choices that will benefit our clients in the long run. By selecting the right materials, we help ensure that our conveyor chains deliver optimal performance and cost-efficiency.

Proactive Maintenance: Ensuring Continuous Operation

Anticipating maintenance needs is essential for keeping drag chain conveyors operational without unexpected interruptions. We have developed practical tools that allow for easy and frequent measurement of chain elongation. This proactive approach ensures that chains reach their maximum service life and minimizes the risk of breakage and unplanned maintenance.

We advise changing the chains when elongation reaches 2.8% and replacing the sprockets simultaneously to guarantee the smooth operation of your process. By staying ahead of maintenance, we help our clients avoid costly downtime and maintain the efficiency of their material handling systems.

Conclusion: Forging Ahead with Efficiency

In conclusion, forged conveyor chains are a critical component in the efficiency of mechanical conveying systems. By focusing on customization, quality assurance, material selection, and proactive maintenance, we help our clients achieve smooth and efficient operations. The right conveyor chain not only handles the demands of the process but also contributes to lower operational costs and a more streamlined total cost of ownership.

At Kopar, we are committed to providing conveying solutions that meet the unique needs of each application. Our expertise in handling and conveying hot, abrasive, and challenging materials ensures that our clients receive conveyor chains that are not only durable but also tailored to optimize their processes. By partnering with us, you can expect a level of service and quality that keeps your operations moving forward efficiently.

Kopar Service Manager

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