Drives Element® Reduced-Maintenance Chain

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Drives Element® chain combines the latest roller chain technology for superior performance and convenience in difficult environments. Roller chains operate best when effectively lubricated. However, the reality is that regular lubrication is not possible or practical for every application. We aim to solve this issue with Element, a reduced-maintenance sintered bushing roller chain. Here are some of its key features:

  • Patented Integrated Lubrication: Eliminates your need for external lubrication with it already incorporated into the bushing.
  • Extended Life CHP Pins: Provides a smooth, hard pin surface which work in concert with the lubricated bushing system to provide more than 2.5x the wear performance of other maintenance-free sintered bushing chains.
  • Silver Shield CR® Coating: Delivers up to 3x the corrosion protection of standard nickel plated chain. The coating is applied to all exposed components prior to assembly.

Features & Benefits

  • Materials

    Starting with the best materials leads to higher strength and better wear life. Our manufacturing process begins with raw materials that meet exacting standards for metal grade, mechanical properties, carbon and alloy content to ensure minimization of impurities that impact tensile and fatigue strength.

  • Fabrication

    Drives designs each component to exacting dimensional standards for optimal performance. Drives Element® chain includes a sintered bushing injected with lubrication, CHP (chrome-hardened pins) pins and Silver Shield CR® coating for the ultimate trifecta of roller chain technology.

  • Heat Treatment

    Strict control of atmosphere, time and temperature optimize the material properties – increasing strength, durability and wear resistance.

  • Shot Peening

    We shot peen our roller and link plates for greater fatigue strength. This adds a layer of compressive stress that helps components resist failure when exposed to repeated high loads. In addition, we press steel balls through the pitch holes in a process called ballizing – effectively optimizing bearing contact between pins, bushings and linkplates to increase chain fatigue resistance and pin retention.

  • Lubrication

    Element chain features a patented integrated lubrication system that eliminates your need for external lubrication. Lubrication is already incorporated into the sintered bushing.

  • Preloading

    Following assembly, all chains are preloaded to firmly seat the pins and bushings. This is to reduce initial run-in and extend the wear life of the chain.


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Choosing the Chain for Your Application

Use our Chain Configurator or Chain Engineer Mobile Web App for assistance selecting the right chain for your application. If you have a challenging demand beyond the scope of a standard Drives® chain, we would be excited to partner with you to provide custom-manufactured solutions to meet your specific needs.

Chain Configurator

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Chain Engineer

Explore our suite of mobile-friendly tools to help in the maintenance and selection of chain driven applications.