Stainless Steel Chain

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With Drives® Stainless Steel chain, you’re protected from the destruction of corrosion. We build these chains to operate efficiently in environments that face corrosion and extreme temperatures.

  • 600 AS Series: Magnetic, stainless steel chain designed for corrosive drive or conveyor applications with a high number of articulations. Hardened round parts provide up to a 50% higher working load and better wear life than 304 and 316 Series, with the caveat being less corrosion resistance than its counterparts.
  • 304 PS Series: Non-magnetic, stainless steel chain designed for use in corrosive or high temperature environments. Offers less working load or wear life than 600 Series.
  • 316 NS Series: Stainless steel chain used in highly corrosive or extreme temperature environments that would shorten the life of 304 Series. It has very low magnetism. Offers more corrosion resistance than 304 and 600 Series chains but does not have the working load offerings of 600 Series.


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. Precision ground pins, solid rollers and bushings work in concert with linkplates to maximize the bearing area, improving fatigue life and working loads as a result. In addition, Drives® Stainless Steel chain protects against corrosion and extreme temperatures. Choose from 600, 304 or 316 Series.

  • 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

    We use a proprietary lubrication process on all lubricated chains for enhanced corrosion protection and extended wear life.

  • 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

Build and download a custom chain within a full 3D window with this state-of-the-art web app.

Chain Engineer

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