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Wood Manufacturing Conveyor Lines Case Study

THE CHALLENGE

A leading manufacturer of engineered wood products was experiencing premature wear on various wood manufacturing conveyor lines throughout its factory. Failures were occurring every 15 weeks on each conveying line, which cost the company $6000 per line, per incident.

THE SOLUTION

As a solution, Diamond Chain recommended its Standard Series chain. With the strict standards of the Diamond Difference, Diamond’s Standard Series chains have proven themselves to have superior performance. From materials to preloading, the Diamond Difference ensures a high quality, long lasting product.

Materials – high quality steel with minimal impurities offers increased tensile and fatigue strength

Fabrication – exacting dimensional standards offer optimal performance by ensuring components fit together as precisely as possible

Heat Treatment – strict atmosphere and quench control optimizes material properties to increase strength, durability, and wear resistance

Shot Peening – consistent shot peen intensity and coverage adds a layer of compressive stress that helps components resist fatigue failure when exposed to repeated high loads

Lubrication – proprietary lubrication enhances corrosion protection and lessens the effects of friction to increase chain life

Preloading – pre-stressing the finished product sets the pins and bushings, reducing initial “run-in” and extending chain wear life.

THE RESULTS

The switch to to Diamond Standard Series chains increased wear life by five weeks. Factoring in both downtime and replacement costs, after the switch to Diamond Standard Series chains this company saw a savings of $21,300 over one year, and is estimated to see $106,800 in savings over five years.

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