Drives Hot Oven Conveyor Case Study

A Solution for the Food & Beverage Industry
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The Challenge

Facing frequent chain failure in their critical hot oven conveyor application, one major food and beverage operation turned to Drives to help identify a new solution. Replacement of the under-performing chain was occurring every six months—an unacceptable figure leading to ballooning annual maintenance costs.

The Solution

Drives’ engineers identified the root of the issue: Round parts on the existing chain were softer than desired after heat exposure. The team went to work creating a specially designed new chain featuring increased hardness, a redesigned bushing and nitride/chrome plating for maximum wear resistance in blazing temperatures.

The Result

  • Chain life extended to 16 months
  • Minimized maintenance and replacement
  • More than $60,000 in annual savings