“Predictable lubrication can save tens of thousands of dollars per year in lubricant,” said Philip Domenicucci, thermal product manager, AMF. “With proper maintenance, regular lubrication and cleaning, it is possible to have oven chains running for upwards of 30 years or more. Conversely, if a chain is poorly maintained the life span can be reduced to one to two years.”
The oven chain is a critical part of a bakery’s operation, as a chain failure can result in both costly repairs and production downtime. AMF’s system allows bakery operators to determine thermal expansion of the chain, the power required to drive the chain, variations in chain tracking, tensioning pressure and distance, and hydraulic chain tensioning.