Drives USA Seamer Chains Put A Lid On High Costs and Long Lead Times
It’s no secret that seamer chains are one of the most critical components in any food & beverage can sealing operation, as well as one of the most frequent sources of downtime and malfunction. These applications require a stainless steel chain that will withstand the rigorous demands of the food & beverage industry.
Drives USA seamer chains have proven value as compared to standard OEM replacement chains. Drives brand chains are:
- Matched to improve timing and prevent pulsation
- Pre-loaded for an even load and extended wear life
- Manufactured in Fulton, Illinois USA to customer-specified lengths
- Considerably less expensive than OEM-supplied chain
- Available from stock for immediate shipment
Read through the following case studies to see the types of direct and indirect savings that many other food and beverage canneries are achieving through the use of Drives USA Seamer Chain:
Case Study 1:
Seamer chains are used in the operation of sealing lids on cans in the food and beverage industries. These applications require a stainless steel chain that will withstand the harsh manufacturing environment prevalent in these plants.
A customer in a soup canning facility was experiencing early chain stretch with their existing chain. Long lead times and extremely high prices from the OEM only compounded the problem and added to their total cost of ownership.
Drives and Kaman were able to supply complete strands of USA manufactured stainless steel seamer chains in 1/3 the time. Drives’ full service Rapid Response Program provides added value with faster delivery at much lower prices than most OEMs.
The chains supplied by Drives lasted 50% longer than the previous chains. Drives Seamer Chain is matched to improve timing and prevent pulsation. The chain is pre-loaded to minimize initial stretch. A full hook cotter provides greater link plate support and twice the shear strength of conventional short split cotters. Drives Seamer chains are manufactured to customer specified lengths in Fulton, Illinois.
Documented Savings: $5,000
Case Study 2:
A brewery was operating three 120L can seamer units requiring a #100-1 stainless steel seamer chain with a 7L824 attachment to seal the lids on their beer cans. This end user was experiencing extremely high prices from the OEM for this custom chain.
The brewer’s local Kaman representative brought in his Drives USA sales engineer to see what they could do to address the issue. After meeting with plant engineers to ensure adherence to approved standards and specifications, Drives was able to supply custom strands of USA manufactured stainless steel seamer chains at a substantially lower price than the OEM chain.
Documented Savings: $12,000
Case Study 3:
A well known soup company was using 121L can seamer units to seal the lids on their soup cans. These units require a # 80-1 stainless steel chain with 4L824 attachments. The chain has 600 series stainless steel pins and bushings and 300 series stainless steel sidebars.
This user was experiencing early chain elongation causing repeated disruptions to their production cycle. Extremely long lead times for OEM replacement chains compounded the problem.
After reviewing the situation with the customer and their Kaman sales representative, Drives was able to supply custom strands of USA manufactured stainless steel seamer chains that exceeded the OEM chain specifications in 1/3 the time. The end result is that the chains supplied by Drives have doubled the life of the previous chains, dramatically reducing downtime and maintenance expenses.
Documented Savings: $7,800
Drives Seamer Chain is matched to improve timing and prevent pulsation.
The chain is pre-loaded to minimize initial stretch and provide more consistent operation throughout the life of the chain. A full hook cotter provides greater link plate support and twice the shear strength of conventional short split cotters. Drives Seamer chains are manufactured to customer specified lengths in Fulton, Illinois. Through Drives’ full service Rapid Response Program, customers not only benefit from faster delivery, but typically at a much lower cost than most OEM chains.
Drives relentlessly delivers leading edge solutions that set the standard for quality in the industry.
To request a Drives Application Survey of your seamer chains, please complete the form at the top of this page.