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Food & Beverage

Application Overview:

Filling oatmeal pouches. Filling process is dependent upon precise timing.


Problem:

A 60-2 Extended Life CHP (Hard Chrome Pin) chain was being used. In this application, chains are not lubricated. Oatmeal dust is abrasive and it caused the chain to elongate, aecting the precise timing needed to ll the pouches.


Solution:

Sinter bushed chain cannot be used in this application, as the oatmeal dust will draw the lubricant out of the bushing

The hardness of the pin surface must be increased

Extended Life CHP (Hard Chrome Pin) HRC 70-plus pin hardness

Life of chain increased 3X


Cost Savings

Under review


Carbon Steel Chain Increased Safety

Application Overview:

Stainless steel 80 chain used to lift materials in a Bucket/Bin Dumper above worker’s heads and pour the materials into a mixing container.


Problem:

The stainless steel chains had a short life.


Solution:

Carbon steel chains

Short lead time

Lower price than the original stainless steel chains

Increased safety


Cost Savings"

Under review


Meeting Customer Needs and Schedules

Application Overview:

Short lead time

ISO 16B, 300 Series Stainless Steel conveyor chain used in a food processing facility.



Problem:

Non-ANSI 304 grade stainless steel chain was used in designing and constructing the product conveyor, but the oshore chain supplier had an extremely long lead time.


Solution:

Custom non-NSI 304SS chain, produced domestically

Acceptable lead time


Cost Savings:

Under review


Environmental Resistant Coating

Application Overview:

Cooker Chain: C2082H Silver Shield CR, used to convey cans into the cooker.


Problem:

The extreme heat and moisture of the cooker corrode the chain, requiring the chain to be replaced each season.


Solution:

Original chain replaced with LLC C2082H Silver Shield CR chain

Carbon steel and environmental resistant coating extend chain life in corrosive environment for a life of up to 3 years

Increases operating temperature range both above and below the capabilities of carbon steel base chain


Cost Savings:

$2500 - $7,500


Meeting the Customer’s Needs and Budget

Application Overview:

Chocolate products transferred by a bucket conveyor in a food-processing facility. The bucket conveyor is a critical component of the facility’s production capabilities. C2052 Carbon Steel Special MTO Pins or Attachments used.


Problem:

There were long lead times and high prices for replacement bucket conveyor chains and components.


Solution:

Produced a reasonably priced, duplicate bucket conveyor in a timely manner.


Cost Savings:

Under review


Engineering Solutions and Support

Application Overview:

Drag conveyors used for both horizontal and vertical transfer of grain in an ethanol production plant.


Problem:

Due to the extremely corrosive environment, pin breakage was common. There were also long lead times for replacement chain.


Solution:

Reduced hardness of pin and bushings

Shorter lead times

Less unscheduled downtime


Cost Savings

Under review


Double the Chain Lite with Silver Shield CR

Application Overview:

Cooker drive on cereal oven


Problem:

100 chain had problems with corrosion. It required replacement every 6 months.


Solution:

Silver Shield CR chain increased life of chain by 2X


Cost Savings"

$40,916 / year, based on reduced downtime


Corrosion Resistant Chain Solutions

Application Overview:

A saran line that transferred trays of bacon. The load was heavy for the stainless steel chain. The bacon was not in direct contact with the chain, but the chain was washed down frequently.


Problem:

The chain was in an inaccessible location and therefore was dicult to change out. The chain experienced elongation and needed to be replaced every 3 months.


Solution:

Silver Shield w/CHP chain, which resists corrosion from washdown

No lubrication required

New chain’s strength helped with the heavy load


Cost Savings:

Less frequent chain replacement resulted in over $3,000 labor-and-materials savings


Solutions to Moisture

Application Overview:

Horizontal chain in a high-moisture location at the base of spiral freezer


Problem:

The USA large pitch chain had problems with corrosion and wearing out due to the constant moisture.


Solution:

Silver Shield CR coating

Corrosion reduction led to longer chain life


Cost Savings:

Under Review


h3>Less Frequent Changes for a Difficult Location

Application Overview:

Chain on top of a 100-ft high vertical cooker.


Problem:

Because of the location of the chain, it was not lubricated often. This led to elongation and a chain life of 3 months or less.


Solution:

140 CHP chain


Cost Savings:

$12,663 annually


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