Following a proper and logical "break-in" routine will enhance the service life of welded steel chain products.
- Chain should be run empty for a period of 6 - 8 hours, or whatever is practical. A fine spray of water or other lubricant would promote surfaces to polish up.
- Make sure sprockets are correctly aligned and that wear strip is in good condition.
- New chain should always be run on new sprockets. Even if the sprockets are only slightly out of pitch, or even have the smallest "hook" to the teeth, those sprockets will dramatically reduce chain life.
- Check to ensure that chain will not "bind" or "hang up" along the conveyor path.