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Northern Chain Specialties has the ability to supply all of your Conveyor Chain parts. Northern Chain Specialties can design and engineer conveyor chain parts to meet system requirements for standard or specialty chain. We pride ourselves on making sure your chain parts meet all your requirements and performs in your conveyor system meeting all of your conveying needs.

 Functions of Chain Parts

Top Plate: The top plate is the component that bears the tension placed on the chain. Usually this is a repeated loading, sometimes accompanied by shock. Therefore, the plate must have not only great static tensile strength, but also must hold up to the dynamic forces of load and shock.

Pin: The pin is subject to shearing and bending forces transmitted by the plate. At the same time, it forms a load-bearing part, together with the bushing, when the chain flexes during sprocket engagement. Therefore, the pin needs high tensile and shear strength, resistance to bending, and also must have sufficient endurance against shock and wear.

Bushing:The bushing is subject to shearing and bending stresses transmitted by the plate and roller, and also gets shock loads when the chain engages the sprocket. In addition, when the chain articulates, the inner surface forms a load-bearing part together with the pin. The outer surface also forms a load-bearing part with the roller's inner surface when the roller rotates on the rail or engages the sprocket. Therefore, it must have great tensile strength against shearing and be resistant to dynamic shock and wear.

 Roller: The roller is subject to impact load as it strikes the sprocket teeth during the chain engagement with the sprocket. After engagement, the roller changes its point of contact and balance. It is held between the sprocket teeth and bushing, and moves on the tooth face while receiving a compression load. Furthermore, the roller's inner surface constitutes a bearing part together with the bushing's outer surface when the roller rotates on the rail. Therefore, it must be resistant to wear and still have strength against shock, fatigue, and compression.

Cotter Pin, Spring Clip, T-Pin: These are the parts that prevent the outer plate from falling off the pin at the point of connection. They may wear out during high-speed operation, therefore, in some applications these parts may require heat treatment.