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Woodindustry02A three-year field test of roller chain at an MDF board production plant has resulted in operating costs being reduced by tens of thousands of pounds per year.

One of the largest producers of MDF and particleboard in Europe has compared the cost of ownership for several popular brands of roller chain over a three year period at one the company's main production plants. The samples varied from the cheapest available through to the highest quality lube-free roller chains; each was compared in a simple wear test. The aim of the practical test was to establish figures for outright longevity in an arduous application on the 'forming line', an area of the board production process that had the highest turnover of chain.