In October 2007 GB Power Transmission’s managing director Stephen Grattan visited Hitachi Metal Techno in Japan for meetings and visits to their Neo SBR Roller Chain and Conveyor chain manufacturing works.
Along with senior officials from Hitachi’s international sales division meetings were also held with Hitachi’s president and representative director Ueda and general manager Nagamatsu.
All at Hitachi were keen to learn of GB Power Transmission’s success in Australia with Hitachi’s premium quality Neo SBR roller chain.
Since taking on distribution of Hitachi in late 2005 GB Power Transmission has built a committed and loyal distribution network for Hitachi Neo SBR roller chain.
Following a visit to the Neo SBR chain manufacturing works only an hour from Hitachi’s Tokyo head office, Mr Grattan seen first hand why these features will ensure users of Hitachi SBR roller chain continue to get maximum service life and productivity from their roller chain.
The key to this success is the SBR solid bush manufactured from solid bar to ensure perfect contact points on load bearing side plates.
Hitachi does not use split bushes like many of its premium quality chain competitors which under load begin separating and elongating very early in there service life. Hitachi’s SBR solid bush chain is standard throughout the range from1/2” pitch to 3” pitch in both British and American standard chain stocked by GB Power.
Neo SBR offers the chain greater maximum allowable load increasing tensile strength and fatigue resistance by incorporating other features including the double shot peen process of the pin and bushing which has significantly increased chain fatigue strength.
Stringent quality control was also observed at the factory governing material quality, machining and the heat treatment process. Hitachi has a strict policy that all of its chain products are manufactured in Japan and not other developing economies to cover the market for low cost chain.