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Avoid Round-Link Chains in Tubular Drag Conveyors
The performance and serviceability of engineered chains are superior to round-link chains, resulting in a lower longer-term cost of owning, operating, and maintaining a conveyor that uses them.
Engineered chains can have an open- or closed-architecture design; the latter are assembled by compressing elastomeric washers into the hinge point of the chain, which minimizes the opportunity for material presence in that area.
Round link chains (far right) have a utilitarian design that employs a mass-produced chain made from round rod. Engineered chains are specially designed for use in heavy-duty material handling equipment.
The notion that chain-type tubular drag conveyors are more robust than their cable-driven cousins is an easy concept to understand. Recognizing the differences between different chain offerings can be more challenging.