Baler chain HBC series for high fatigue strength and wear resistance

Munich, Germany, September 2017. Chain manufacturer iwis presents the new HBC baler chains for harvesters at Agritechnica 2017 in Hannover, Germany. The iwis HBC (Heavy Baler Chain) series of roller chains has been developed specially for use in balers. HBC roller chains have an exceptional fatigue strength and wear resistance.

The link plates of the HBC roller chains have a higher proportion of clean-cut edges, resulting in a longer chain service life and higher retention forces for greater stability. The use of high performance steels and optimized heat treatment processes reduces wear with no change to chain dimensions. Optimized plate contours and special materials offer higher fatigue strength compared to the same size of standard chain, so that the chains do not need more space than conventional roller chains with the same pitch. The premium quality initial lubricant is designed to meet the requirements of baler conditions. The excellent ratio of fatigue strength and wear resistance allows longer maintenance and chain replacement intervals.

With iwis agrisystems in Sontra, Germany, iwis operates a centre of excellence that benefits all users of agricultural machinery. With in-depth industry expertise, on-site technical consulting by iwis employees, a broad product portfolio, the supply of ready-to-install chains and kits, tailored drive and conveying solutions, and high quality and delivery standards, the company ensures that customers always get the right chain for each specific purpose.

"Our centre of excellence for agricultural machinery makes us the European market leader in this sector", says Key Account Manager Thomas Cohrs. "We operate as development partners, supporting our customers in meeting their challenges in this field. In-house developed state-of-the-art simulation and design tools assist our development engineers in choosing the ideal product right from the start. Especially in the harvest season, supply availability and speed of delivery are vital, and we can guarantee these by aligning our stock inventory with market needs."

Besides baler chains, iwis agrisystems offers intake and grain elevator chains, cutting chains with attachments for corn and maize headers, chains for silage and spreader trailers, roller chains with bent "K" style plates, accessories such as sprockets and drive belt pulleys as well as complete application kits for agricultural machinery.

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iwis at Agritechnica 2017:
12 to 18 November 2017, Hannover, Germany: Hall 17 Stand 21

Company information:

A leading supplier of precision chain systems for power transmission and conveying applications, iwis comprises the following divisions:

  • iwis motorsysteme GmbH & Co KG, providing engine timing systems for the automotive industry.
  • iwis antriebssysteme GmbH & Co KG, supplying a wide range of precision roller and conveyor chains for industrial applications, including machine and plant engineering, material handling systems, and the packaging, printing and food industries.
  • iwis antriebssysteme GmbH, formerly known as Flexon GmbH, specialising in roller, conveyor, special-purpose and flat top chains, modular belts, chains for agricultural machinery, sprockets and accessories.
  • iwis systemtechnik GmbH is the expert for sheet metal punching forming and bending as well as housing and shielding technology (HF/EMC).

Established in 1916, iwis is a family-run business which today employs more than 1500 people. In addition to production sites in Germany (Munich, Landsberg, Wilnsdorf and Sontra) and in the Czech Republic, in China and in the USA, iwis has subsidiaries in various countries in Europe and overseas, including Canada, England, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, South Africa and Switzerland. Altogether, the iwis Group has 45 business locations throughout the world.

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iwis antriebssysteme GmbH
iwis agrisystems
Schützenweg 5
36205 Sontra, Germany
Tel.: +49 5653 9778 0
Fax: +49 5653 9778 26

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