The Complete Guide to Chain

4.2 Conveyor Chain Selection

There are five types of conveyor chains:

  1. Small pitch conveyor chain.
  2. Precision conveyor chain.
  3. Top chain.
  4. Free flow chain.
  5. Large pitch conveyor chain.

To select any of these chains, use the procedure outlined in the flow chart (Figure 4.15). Chain tension is calculated based on the load size.

In these five types, because often the objects conveyed on small pitch conveyor chains, precision conveyor chains, and top chains are light, sometimes you don't have to check "allowable roller load." Also, attachments are not usually installed on top chains and free flow chains, therefore, you don't need to check the attachment allowable load.