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Introduction to Chain

Chain can be divided into categories depending on its construction and function it is used for.



Roller chain

Suitable for 1000s of applications. Roller chain is also known as Transmission or Drive Chain.

Special Chain

Chain that differs from standard chain either because of a material, coating or attachment.



Conveyor chain

For applications where items need to be transported.

Leaf chain

For fork truck and other lifting applications.

Component Parts of a Roller Chain


Each roller chain is made up of the same key components. The diagram above shows how they fit together to make the chain.


 Normally only 3 measurements are needed to identify a chain:

  • (a) Pitch,
  • (b) Width between inner plates
  • (c) Roller diameter

More information

Click Here To Visit - Online Chain Catalogue - The Renold Chain Catalogue, full of technical information including dimensions for all of our products

Renold Group Brochures - All of our product literature on downloadable Adobe PDF documents.

Renold Chain - Industry Application Specific Brochures - Information on product applications related to specif industries.

Renold Chain Troubleshooter - Information on Chain failiure diagnosis

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