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Roller Chain Clinging to Sprockets? Causes and Solutions

When a chain clings or binds to a sprocket, this not only can slow down your operation as you look for a solution but can also damage the chain, sprockets, and other parts of your application. With roller chain clinging to sprockets, it’s time to look for a resolution. There are a handful of reasons…

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Roller Chain Climbing Sprockets? Causes and Solutions

Erratic movement – also known as jumping – is not a desirable trait in a chain drive. With roller chain climbing sprockets, connected components will experience detrimental forces. Sometimes the chain may even climb off the sprocket altogether! Don’t allow a drive to operate if your chain climbs the sprocket! If your chain “jumps” or…

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Solid Lubrication: Choosing the Right One for Your Bearings

As bearing technology evolves, solid lubrication is increasingly becoming a replacement for traditional greasing methods. The additional layer of protection solid lubrication provides is a huge benefit–one that can provide long-term cost savings and maintain productivity and performance. But not all solid lubricants are created equal. The type of solid lubricant you choose for your…

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Single-point Lubricator: How to Maximize Bearing Reliability

Bearings require precise lubrication practices to maximize their operational life. Manual greasing is and always has been easy to perform incorrectly. The greasing process contains many variables that, when executed improperly, lead to premature bearing failure.  Many applications and industries operate on the function and reliability of bearings.  Therefore, whichever lubrication system that you implement…

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Excessive Roller Chain Noise: Sources and Solutions

Roller chain is an essential part of your drivetrain. Ideally, the chain will run smoothly, quietly, and efficiently. Excessive roller chain noise is a warning sign of early fatigue or mechanical problems that can lead to problems down the road. Avoiding failure is key. Some noise is normal for a chain drive. During operation, the…

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Roller Chain Stiffening? Here’s What to Do

Your roller chain is an essential part of your power transmission drive, and it’s crucial that it operates smoothly. Over time, with roller chain stiffening, links in the chain and sprockets will experience undue stress. We recommend addressing any problems with chain stiffness quickly to prevent permanent damage. When troubleshooting a chain drive, it’s best…

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Sprocket Tooth Wear: The Causes and Solutions

Like a good many products in the power transmission industry, roller chain sprockets will inevitably wear. Sprocket wear is not necessarily a reason for concern. Excessive or rapid wear in any component, on the other hand, is concerning. The most probable cause of sprocket tooth wear? Elongated – or stretched – chain. This article will…

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Maintenance-free bearings: How they can reduce warranty claim costs

Product consistency is critical for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Their name and profitability tie directly to the performance and reliability of their products. This includes the components they’ve chosen to build with. Can maintenance-free bearings improve the status quo? When a component like a bearing fails prematurely, remedying the issue often involves filing a warranty…

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Excessive Roller Chain Wear? Why It Occurs

There’s a reason we replace roller chains regularly. The movement of chain around a sprocket naturally causes wear, but excessive roller chain wear and fatigue cause problems. A well-maintained chain drive will keep your machine running strong over time, making it important to minimize the impact of wear.  As the chain wraps around the sprocket,…

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Roller Chain Wear: Inside Roller Plates, Sprocket Tooth Sides

Are you seeing wear on the inside of your chain side plates or the sides of your sprocket teeth? Some wear and lengthening of roller chain as it operates is to be expected. However, when wear is excessive or abnormal, as in the above case – you’ll want to take a closer look. Replacing parts…

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Roller Chain Failure: Causes and Strategies for Prevention

No one wants catastrophic roller chain failure. It’s disruptive and costly to halt operations while replacing your roller chain. Unfortunately, though, this is a problem we occasionally have to handle. There are three primary causes of chain breakage. When the driven load exceeds the chain rating, your chain is at risk of breaking. This issue…

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Greasing a Bearing: 4 Ways to Avoid Premature Failure

Premature bearing failures are a significant source of lost productivity and unnecessary cost. Most of the time, these failures are the result of improper or inconsistent bearing maintenance. Greasing a bearing–and doing it properly–is one of the most important steps you can take to extend the life of your bearings and reduce both costs and…

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