The drop-forged and demountable chains developed by RÜBIG are characterized by their wear resistance, hardness and toughness due to the steel grades and manufacturing processes used in their making. Dismantling by hand allows easy extension, maintenance or replacement of individual items or entire studs. Due to their good weldability, durable conveyor belts can be manufactured inexpensively and individually for heavy-duty use.
RÜBIG chains are available in 14 different sizes with a pitch of 29.3 mm - 125 mm and are made from 4 different types of material. Some types are also available in a stainless version.
The RÜBIG chain C series is suitable for applications where the wheels run above the chain. The increased looping of the hook ensures a longer service life.
Screen cleaning equipment
As the RÜBIG chains have proven themselves to be to a large extent insusceptible when exposed to wet and contaminated material, they are ideally suited for rough operating conditions in the screen cleaning equipment of small-scale hydropower plants.
The RÜBIG chain in use is, in this case, welded together with division bars to a robust, dismountable chain conveyor. This conveyor guarantees the secure feeding of organic waste, such as hedge cuttings, leaves, bark, root balls, etc. into a shredder.
Silo rotary cutter
RÜBIG chains in HV execution used in silo rotary cutters guarantee a significantly longer lifetime compared to other chain types. The possibility of manual disassembly further improves their maintenance and enables the exchange of individual chain links to achieve the optimum arrangement of links with welded-on blades or broaching tools. For application in feed mixers and in silo rotary cutters still in use today, RÜBIG chains are built to a high resistance and high wear resistant standard.
- Recycling equipment
The removal operation from underneath the impact crusher is performed by a chain scraper conveyor specially developed for applications in material recycling. Crushed material such as demolition waste, stones, soil, etc. is continuously extracted from underneath the impact crusher with the help of a RÜBIG chain T100HV.
Belt filter press
A gravitational belt filter press is used for a continuous liquid separation process, especially for cooling lubricants, cooling water and circulating emulsions. The impurities are separated by means of a filtration cloth stretched on a carrier belt. This carrier belt is connected with two laterally running T49 INOX RÜBIG chains and is thus simultaneously guided, tensioned and driven.
Because RÜBIG chains are not susceptible to contamination they are ideally suited for applications in spreaders of manure, sludge, etc. The large surface areas of the chain link joints prevent rapid wear or elongation of the chain.
The chain is suitable for application as a drive chain or a conveyor chain. Its typical application is in scraper floors as installed in all agricultural manure spreaders or dung spreaders installed, for example, by Tebbe and HAWE Wester. Also suitable as a scraper floor chain in lime and cement spreaders – supplied, for example, by Streumaster – these chain links forged from heat treated steel are used in road construction. If the spreader is designed robust enough, the RÜBIG chain also enables the extraction of separation lime.
This linked chain, because of its wear resistance, is also used in every beet harvesting machine or full harvester built by the Holmer company. The main reason is the requested reliability of the beet harvester – from the harvester it is expected that the durability of its wear parts last at least one full season.
Direction of travel
A RÜBIG chain may run in both directions. However, when contaminated it is advisable that the hooked ends of chain links are arranged in travel direction (A). In case of high tensile forces (at most when 20% of the break load is reached), the chain should be arranged the other way around (B), thus enabling the chain links to be more easily disengaged from the driving sprockets. At any rate, the chain must be laid on the sprockets with the opened side of the hook facing upwards! If possible, the drive should be located on the tension side/in the desired (main) transport direction.
- Spring suspended guide wheels from one side
- Guide wheels with adjustable tension
In case foreign objects penetrate between the wheel and the chain, a suspended axle is always an advantage.
RÜBIG chains have good weldability. However, when welding to flanges and bars you need to take care as the surfaces of the joints must not be heated above 250°C. The direction of welding shall be always from the thinnest to thickest part of the chain link. Before welding the chain link from the opposite side, let it cool down at ambient air temperature first! When welding items onto “HV” chain elements we recommend keeping these at 190°C – 200°C for one hour holding time in order to relieve stress. In case it is not possible to prevent overheating of chain links due to their quantity or the cross section of welded items or in case the chain links’ microstructure is without defects, they could be sent back to RÜBIG after the welding is performed to undergo repeated heat treatment.
Chain base – division bars fixing
It is convenient to use steel as a base supporting surface and special sliding rails made of “Robalon”. The chain should be welded to the attachments so that the attachments slide over the base; however, the chain itself does not come into contact with the base.
In order to enable defect-free operation and because of safety reasons RÜBIG recommends the installation of a mechanical overload clutch (also a shear pin, electrical overload protection, belt drive or appropriately designed and adjusted hydraulic limiter may be convenient as alternatives).
Chains running in parallel
In case there are 2 or more chain strands connected by means of the attachments' skirting you may receive, on request for no extra price, chains assembled in pairs with matching pitch and in matching lengths.
Service / maintenance
If there is no other possibility, RÜBIG chains may also be operated without extra servicing. However, their life expectation is thus significantly reduced compared to when they receive regular maintenance. To perform the maintenance, RÜBIG recommends the application of biologically degradable chain oil (chainsaw oil). In case of operation underneath transported goods (in case of scraper floors), especially when not in operation for longer periods of time before the season begins, the chain shall be thoroughly cleaned and oiled after it has been left to dry.
The connection of a scraper flange for a scraper floor may be performed by direct welding onto the chain. This technically superior possibility is based on the application of chain links with special attachments. In this case, each scraper flange is screwed onto one left and one right chain link with attachment. As the chain link produced in this way is heat treated only after welding, the most homogeneous microstructure possible is formed in the weld joint area.