Thursday, January 9, 2014

Freight and Logistics Users Will Benefit Most From Low Fork Lift Maintenance

Busy Users With Little Time to Look After Their Trucks will Appreciate Innovation
Shipping News Feature

UK – Back in October we wrote how FB Chain had introduced a full range of fork lift chains designed to ensure less damage to hydraulic hoses during operation. Now a new innovation from the Letchworth based industrial leaf chain specialist is aimed at reducing maintenance costs, particularly in the busy warehouses typically operated by freight and distribution companies which almost traditionally work their trucks ‘to the bone’.

FB Chain has developed and launched a new ‘Sealed for Life’ chain roller that reduces forklift downtime and increases the time between forklift service intervals. Unlike conventional designs, the new ‘Sealed for Life’ roller does not require greasing: thanks to its self-lubricating bearings and state-of-the-art sealing technology, the roller’s lubrication remains where it is needed – inside and on the working surface of the chain roller itself. Peter Church, Managing Director of FB Chain Ltd, commented:

“Forklift engineers often need to access the top of the truck’s mast to lubricate chain rollers. With taller masts, the tops of which can be some considerable height from the floor, this can present a problem. We discussed this issue with one of our bearing suppliers and they were able to show us new bearing technology that we have adopted in the design of our new chain rollers.

“Trucks fitted with FB’s ‘Sealed for Life’ rollers will require infrequent or even zero maintenance, which is good news for both the truck user and forklift service engineers who will spend less time struggling to lubricate hard to access chain rollers.”

The new FB ‘Sealed-for-life’ rollers have been extensively tested and can withstand over 60,000 cycles when lifting a 4-tonne load to a range of heights. Following successful trials, one of FB’s forklift manufacturer clients has announced that it will be using the new rollers on all of its new machine designs, and, because the improvements in maintenance and operating performance offered by the new rollers is so significant, the same company is also reverse engineering its existing truck designs to allow the new chain pulleys to be adopted across its entire range.

Photo: OK, so it’s not the most exciting picture we’ve ever printed but that’s what the new rollers look like!