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Ramsey: Wear resistant glass bottle conveying chains

2010-01-01 | Product news

Glass bottle manufacturers around the globe continue to explore every opportunity to improve production and reduce costly downtime. A key step in the quest for maximum production is optimizing the performance of chain conveying systems on IS machines and cross conveyors. In this article, Ramsey Products, a chain manufacturer specializing in glass conveyors for more than 50 years, discusses innovations in conveying chain design that can improve conveyor performance, reduce downtime, and extend operating life.

Ramsey: Wear resistant glass bottle conveying chains
For many years, silent chain, also known as inverted tooth chain, has been used to transport glassware in both hot-end and cold-end applications. Providing a flat, stable, smooth, and heat resistant surface, such chains are available in many “standard” styles and sizes. In most production environments, these standard chain designs perform admirably and can deliver years of trouble free service. In some situations, however, conveying chains can be exposed to conditions that create unusual wear, disrupt bottle transport, and lead to pre-mature chain failure. Bottle producers experiencing these problems can often realize significant productivity gains by replacing standard conveyors with wear resistant conveying chains.

THE PROBLEM
Typical conveying chains contain pins that are riveted, or headed, on the ends. Since these pin heads are exposed on both sides of the chain they can be susceptible to several types of wear. They may rub against lateral guides or transfer plates, which can result in the gradual wearing of pin heads. Or, the exposed pin heads may snag or hang up on any protruding edges  along the conveyor’s path. This snagging can lead to conveyor surging, glass breakage, and the chipping or shearing away of the pin head.
Once the pin head is worn away or sheared off, there is nothing holding the chain together and it will start to come apart. If that occurs, the conveyor will need to be shut down so the chain can be repaired or replaced.

THE SOLUTION: HOW WEAR RES...





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