Are Plastic Multiflex Chains suitable for conveyor systems in the pharmaceutical industry?

Plastic Multiflex Chains in Material Handling and Power Transmission

In the realm of material handling and power transmission, plastic multiflex chains have emerged as a versatile and effective solution for conveying a wide range of products and materials. These chains, constructed from durable thermoplastic materials such as polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP), offer a compelling combination of flexibility, strength, and low maintenance, making them well-suited for diverse applications.

Advantages of Plastic Multiflex Chains

  1. Lightweight: Plastic multiflex chains are lightweight, making them easy to handle and transport.
  2. Flexibility: The modular design of plastic multiflex chains offers unmatched flexibility, allowing them to bend, curve, and adapt to different conveyor layouts and requirements.
  3. High Strength: Despite their lightweight construction, plastic multiflex chains offer high strength and durability, capable of handling heavy loads and high stress conditions.
  4. Low Maintenance: Plastic multiflex chains require minimal maintenance, reducing downtime and maintenance costs.
  5. Noise Reduction: The unique design of plastic multiflex chains reduces noise levels, making them ideal for noise-sensitive environments.
  6. Chemical Resistance: Plastic multiflex chains offer excellent chemical resistance, making them suitable for use in corrosive or harsh chemical environments.
  7. Cleanliness and Hygiene: Plastic multiflex chains are easy to clean and sanitize, making them ideal for use in cleanroom environments and food processing applications.
  8. Energy Efficiency: The lightweight and efficient design of plastic multiflex chains reduces energy consumption and operating costs.
  9. Versatility: Plastic multiflex chains are versatile and can be used in a wide range of applications and industries.

Applications of Plastic Multiflex Chains

Plastic multiflex chains find applications in various industries and settings, including:

  1. Conveyor Systems: Plastic multiflex chains are widely used in conveyor systems for the transportation of products and materials.
  2. Manufacturing and Assembly Lines: Plastic multiflex chains are used in manufacturing and assembly lines for the efficient transfer of products between workstations.
  3. Distribution and Warehousing: Plastic multiflex chains are used in distribution and warehousing settings for the movement of goods and materials.
  4. Packaging and Bottling: Plastic multiflex chains find use in packaging and bottling lines for the smooth and efficient transfer of products.
  5. Material Sorting and Grading: Plastic multiflex chains are used in material sorting and grading systems for the efficient separation and processing of materials.
  6. Cleanroom Environments: Plastic multiflex chains are ideal for use in cleanroom environments, where cleanliness and hygiene are of paramount importance.

Working Principle of Plastic Multiflex Chains

Plastic multiflex chains operate on the principle of interlocking modular units. The chain consists of individual plastic links or modules that are interconnected to form a continuous chain loop. Each module has built-in tabs or hinges that allow it to flex and articulate, providing flexibility in various directions.

The chain is driven by sprockets or sprocket wheels, which engage with the tabs on the modules and propel the chain forward. The modular design allows for easy assembly, disassembly, and customization of the chain to suit specific conveyor layouts and requirements.

As the sprockets rotate, they engage with the modules, causing them to articulate and move along the conveyor path. The interlocking design ensures smooth and synchronized movement of the chain, allowing for the efficient transfer of products or materials from one point to another.

Choosing the Right Plastic Multiflex Chain

When selecting a plastic multiflex chain, the following factors should be taken into consideration:

  1. Load Capacity: The load capacity of the chain should match the requirements of the application.
  2. Application Environment: The application environment should be considered to ensure that the chain is resistant to the environment’s factors.
  3. Chain Material: The material of the chain should be selected based on the specific application’s requirements.
  4. Chain Profile and Design: The profile and design of the chain should suit the specific conveyor layout and requirements.
  5. Environmental Factors: Environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and chemical exposure should be taken into account when selecting a plastic multiflex chain.
  6. Conveyor System Layout: The layout and configuration of the conveyor system should be considered when selecting a plastic multiflex chain.
  7. Maintenance and Cleanability: The maintenance and cleanability of the chain should be taken into account when selecting a chain for an application.
  8. Cost Considerations: The cost of the chain should be evaluated based on its overall value and suitability for the application.
  9. Supplier and Support: The supplier and support should be evaluated based on their experience, expertise, and reputation in the industry.

Installation and Maintenance of Plastic Multiflex Chains


  1. Preparatory Steps: The preparatory steps for the installation of plastic multiflex chains should be followed carefully.
  2. Chain Assembly: The chain should be assembled following the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines.
  3. Sprocket Installation: The sprockets should be installed correctly and aligned with the chain.
  4. Tracking Adjustment: The tracking of the chain should be adjusted to ensure smooth and efficient operation.


  1. Regular Cleaning: The chain should be cleaned regularly to ensure optimum performance and prevent build-up of debris.
  2. Inspection: The chain should be inspected regularly for signs of wear, damage, or misalignment.
  3. Lubrication: The chain should be lubricated regularly to reduce friction and wear.
  4. Repair and Replacement: Any damaged or worn components should be repaired or replaced promptly to ensure the chain’s smooth operation.
  5. Training and Documentation: The operators and maintenance personnel should be trained on the proper use and maintenance of the plastic multiflex chain, and all maintenance activities should be documented.

Plastic Multiflex Chains and Sprockets

We also provide sprockets that are designed to work seamlessly with plastic multiflex chains. Sprockets play a crucial role in the operation of plastic multiflex chains, as they engage with the tabs on the modules and propel the chain forward. Our sprockets are designed to offer precise engagement with the chain, ensuring smooth and efficient operation.

Other Chain Products

In addition to plastic multiflex chains, we offer a wide range of other chain products, including plastic chain, stainless steel chain, agricultural chains, and leaf chains. Our comprehensive range of chain products allows us to provide customized solutions to meet the unique requirements of our customers.

About Shaoxing Chaoli

Shaoxing Chaoli was founded in 2006 and is a professional manufacturer of power transmission components. We have multiple advanced production and inspection equipment, including CNC Gear grinding machine, gear measuring machine, CNC gear shaper, machine center, CMMS, and torque test system. Our commitment to quality, international certification, customized service, state-of-the-art equipment, and exceptional customer service has made us a trusted partner for customers worldwide.

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