Plant Operations/Maintenance/chain


Would you please elaborately expalin what is chain articulation?
If misalignment can affect chain articulation in conveyor system.
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ANSWER: Dear sir. Thanks you for the question. Chain articulation refers to the position of the chain with respect to the centre of the sprocket tooth. Misalignment of the sprockets will cause chain side plate wear because the articulation of the chain is too far to one side or the other. Use a straight edge to align the spockets. The chain should run in the centre of the sprocket teeth. Check the inside of chains side plates and the outside of the sprocket teeth for wear this is a indicator of misalignment. Chain tension is critical as well. Most horizontal drives should be tensioned to 2% of the distance between shaft centres.
I hope this answers your question.
Sincerely Mike Biro

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QUESTION: My Dear Friend,
Thank you very much for your time and support.
Refer1)I am not clear on your bellow statement,
"Misalignment of the sprockets will cause chain side plate wear because the articulation of the chain is too far to one side or the other."
Would you please explain it by SKETCH to my better understanding.
Refer2)Dear Expert,if high tension on chain system could lead to roller jamming?

Hi Never over tension the chain this will cause wear. Here is a link to a web page with a good illustation, I think this will explain your question.
Sincerely Mike Biro

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