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Extending chain life in canned fruit manufacturing company


A canned fruit manufacturing company possesses 15 pineapple peeling machines. Motor drive chains have been experiencing a corrosion issue due to being constantly operated in wet, acidic conditions.

The present lubricant cannot withstand water washout. Consequently, the company is compelled to replace the chains with new chains every five months which equates to 30-40 Chains per year.

The plant could have set up a preventative maintenance program to clean and lubricate the existing chain before failure however, the costs of labour and downtime were deemed too high.

Processing machine


It was suggested that providing a water-resistant barrier and proper chain lubrication would increase the life of the chain and hence reduce machine downtime. Chesterton 601 Chain Drive Pin & Bushing Lubricant together with the Chesterton 715G Spraflex Gold was recommended as a trial. Due to the acidic moist environment, re-lubrication is conducted weekly.

Lubricant cost (601CDPBL+715G) = $ 650.00 / yr

About the Chesterton 601 Chain Drive Pin & Bushing Lubricant:

  • ​Rapid penetration
  • Extreme pressure additives increase load carrying ability
  • No dirt and dust build up in chains
  • Corrosion inhibiting properties

About the Chesterton 715G Spraflex Gold:

  • Self-adhering, flexible lubricant
  • Water resistant
  • Polymer modified; resists extrusion
  • Resistant to acid fumes

Motor drive chain after using Chesterton 601CDPBL+ 715G Spraflex Gold


After using Chesterton 601 Chain drive pin & bushing lubricant with 715G Spraflex Gold the client reported:

Elimination of corrosion
Increased chain life by 2 years

Motor drive chains cost = $2,950.00 /yr.
Labor Cost = $ 140.00/ yr

601/715 = $ 650.00/yr
Total Savings = USD$3,090USD$650 =
USD$2,440 / yr.

Increased chain life by 2 years

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