Can Plastic Multiflex Chains be used in vertical conveyor systems?

Can Plastic Multiflex Chains be used in vertical conveyor systems?

Multiflex Chain

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

Multiflex Chain Applications

1. Lightweight

Plastic multiflex chains are lightweight, making them easy to handle and install. They reduce the load on the conveyor system, which can help to extend the life of the system components.

2. Flexibility

Plastic multiflex chains are highly flexible, allowing them to curve and twist around obstacles. This flexibility enables them to be used in a variety of conveyor layouts and configurations, making them adaptable to changing production needs.

3. High Strength

Despite their lightweight construction, plastic multiflex chains have high strength and load-bearing capacity. They can handle heavy loads and are resistant to wear and tear.

4. Low Maintenance

Plastic multiflex chains require minimal maintenance, reducing downtime and increasing productivity. They are also resistant to corrosion and do not require lubrication, further reducing maintenance needs.

5. Noise Reduction

Plastic multiflex chains generate less noise than metal chains, making them ideal for applications that require quiet operation.

6. Chemical Resistance

Plastic multiflex chains are resistant to a wide range of chemicals, making them suitable for use in harsh environments where corrosive substances are present.

7. Cleanliness and Hygiene

Plastic multiflex chains are easy to clean and sanitize, making them ideal for use in food and pharmaceutical production environments where cleanliness is critical.

8. Energy Efficiency

Plastic multiflex chains require less energy to operate than metal chains, reducing energy costs and improving efficiency.

9. Versatility

Plastic multiflex chains can be customized to suit specific production needs, and can be used in a variety of industries and applications.

Applications of Plastic Multiflex Chains

Multiflex Chain Applications

1. Conveyor Systems

Plastic multiflex chains are ideal for use in conveyor systems, where they can transport products and materials smoothly and efficiently.

2. Manufacturing and Assembly Lines

Plastic multiflex chains are commonly used in manufacturing and assembly lines, where they can transport products between workstations and machines.

3. Distribution and Warehousing

Plastic multiflex chains are suitable for use in distribution and warehousing applications, where they can move products between storage areas and loading docks.

4. Packaging and Bottling

Plastic multiflex chains are used in packaging and bottling applications, where they can transport products through the production line and into packaging containers.

5. Material Sorting and Grading

Plastic multiflex chains can be used to sort and grade materials in recycling and waste management facilities.

6. Cleanroom Environments

Plastic multiflex chains are suitable for use in cleanroom environments, where they can transport products without introducing contaminants.

How Plastic Multiflex Chains Work

Multiflex Chain Maintenance

Plastic Multiflex Chains operates 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.

How to Select the Right Plastic Multiflex Chains

Multiflex Chain Advantages

1. Load Capacity

The load capacity of the chain should be selected based on the weight and volume of the products or materials being transported.

2. Application Environment

The operating environment of the chain should be considered, including temperature, moisture, and exposure to chemicals.

3. Chain Material

Plastic multiflex chains are available in different materials, including PE and PP. The material should be selected based on the specific application requirements.

4. Chain Profile and Design

The profile and design of the chain should be selected based on the conveyor layout and the specific requirements of the application.

5. Environmental Factors

Environmental factors such as dust, dirt, and debris should be considered when selecting the chain.

6. Conveyor System Layout

The conveyor system layout should be considered when selecting the chain, including the number of curves and the distance between sprockets.

7. Maintenance and Cleanability

The maintenance and cleanability of the chain should be considered, including ease of cleaning and the need for lubrication.

8. Cost Considerations

The cost of the chain should be considered in relation to the specific application requirements and the lifecycle costs of the system.

9. Supplier and Support

The supplier and their level of support should be considered, including technical support, training, and after-sales service.

Installation and Maintenance of Plastic Multiflex Chains

Multiflex Chain Installation


1. Preparatory Steps: Before beginning the installation process, ensure that the work area is clean and free from debris.

2. Chain Assembly: Assemble the chain according to the manufacturer’s instructions, taking care to align the modules correctly.

3. Sprocket Installation: Install the sprockets onto the drive shaft, ensuring that they are properly aligned and secured.

4. Tracking Adjustment: Adjust the tracking of the chain to ensure that it runs smoothly and does not come off the sprockets.


1. Regular Cleaning: Clean the chain regularly to prevent the buildup of dirt and debris.

2. Inspection: Inspect the chain regularly for signs of wear and damage.

3. Lubrication: Lubricate the chain as necessary, using a lubricant recommended by the manufacturer.

4. Repair and Replacement: Replace any damaged or worn components as necessary, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

5. Training and Documentation: Ensure that all personnel are properly trained in the installation, operation, and maintenance of the chain, and keep detailed documentation of all maintenance activities.

Sprockets and Plastic Multiflex Chains


We also offer sprockets that are specifically designed to work with plastic multiflex chains. Sprockets are an essential component of the chain system, as they transfer power from the drive shaft to the chain. The sprocket teeth engage with the tabs on the chain modules, causing them to move along the conveyor path. The design of the sprocket must be compatible with the chain profile and pitch to ensure smooth and efficient operation.

Other Chain Products

In addition to plastic multiflex chains, we also offer a range of other chain products, including plastic chain, stainless steel chain, agricultural chains, and leaf chains. Each of these products has unique properties and advantages, and can be customized to suit specific application requirements.

About Shaoxing Chaoli

Shaoxing Chaoli

Shaoxing Chaoli was established in 2006 and is a professional manufacturer of power transmission components. We have a range of advanced production and inspection equipment, including CNC gear grinding machines, gear measuring machines, CNC gear shapers, machine centers, CMMS, and torque test systems.

Our products are internationally certified and can be customized to suit specific application requirements. We are committed to providing high-quality products, excellent customer service, and technical support to all of our customers.

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