Selecting a Chain Manufacturing Partner: Core Values Matter

July 14, 2021

Most successful business relationships have one thing in common: both partners have core values that align. And when business relationships go wrong, it’s usually a misalignment of core values that underlies every issue. There’s a lot at stake when selecting a chain manufacturing partner. No matter how you interact with chain—an OEM using it in…

Forming Stronger Links With 2 Second Lean

May 20, 2021

Lean manufacturing is a production method popularized in the first half of the twentieth century by production teams at Toyota. A lean manufacturing approach has been widely adopted by many leading companies in the industrial sector, but many find it difficult to sustain over time. “Lean” is typically aimed at eliminating waste from production, which…

Tech Spotlight: A Safer and More Sustainable Alternative to Hot Dip Galvanizing—Galv360®

March 26, 2021

  Hot dip galvanizing (HDG) offers a virtually unmatched protective zinc coating for steel products. It provides a tough and somewhat durable finish that resists damage from wear and abrasion as well as corrosion, and is typically less expensive compared to other corrosion protective coatings. But hot dip galvanizing has its limitations. It’s a thick…

Chain and Your Outdoor Recreational Facility

January 29, 2021

  After prolonged closures in 2020, outdoor recreational facilities such as parks, playgrounds, and theme parks are getting ready to host the public again in spring and summer 2021. If you’re responsible for maintenance at one of these facilities (or you’re a supplier to a team who is), preparation for your busy season is likely…

Technology and Quality In Chain Manufacturing: An Insider’s Look

December 16, 2020

  We recently had the honor of presenting how we use technology in our quality process at the  Association of Wire Rope Fabricators (AWRF) virtual trade show. In the presentation, we showed off a few of the tools we’ve developed to ensure our chain’s safety and performance: the Hololens mixed reality device and our Chainspection…

Beyond Speed: Technology in Chain Manufacturing | Laclede Chain

December 4, 2020

Beyond Speed: Technology in Chain Manufacturing Manufacturers everywhere understand the benefits of technology like automation in improving speed, accuracy, and efficiency. The OEM and tiered suppliers we serve are always improving operations with robotics and equipment enhancements. And while any technology that increases efficiency will benefit our business, Laclede Chain has also been leveraging innovations…

Tire Chains and Tire Chain Alternatives: Which Is Right For You?

October 26, 2020

No matter what type of vehicle you operate, winterizing your vehicle is a best practice. As colder weather approaches, checking fluid levels, tire treads, and the condition of wiper blades are often on drivers’ lists of things to do. It’s also never too early in the season to evaluate your traction equipment—and ensure you’ve got…

Lifting Safely With Chain: A DIYer’s Guide

August 6, 2020

Contractors and weekend warriors alike have been keeping busy on home improvement projects these days, with home now functioning as the center of our worlds more today than ever. If you’re using rented lifting equipment to complete your next job, it’s important to educate yourself on how to perform your lifts safely. So, before you…

How Different Attachment Styles Affect Trailer Safety Chain Performance

July 23, 2020

  By Eric Kazmierzak and Melissa Searle, Laclede Chain Manufacturing When designing a trailer, what’s the best way to attach the safety chain to the tongue? There are two main attachment styles commonly used in the trailer industry to attach safety chain to the trailer: bolt-on and weld-on clevis assemblies. Laclede Chain collaborates often with…

Galv360 Coating for Marine Chain Applications

May 20, 2020

Ever since steel has become widely used, people have been inventing ways to prevent corrosion and abrasion in order to make it last longer. In fact, corrosion costs the U.S. economy an estimated $300 billion per year (about 3% of GDP).  Hot-dip galvanizing (HDG) has been in use as a method of corrosion protection for…

Heavy-Duty Industrial Chain: How It’s Made

April 15, 2020

Since Leonardo da Vinci famously made sketches of what appeared to be the first steel chains in the 16th century, people have been innovating new ways to make industrial chain safer, stronger, and more wear and weather resistant. At Laclede Chain, we’re constantly refining our processes to achieve this same thing.  Why does high quality…

Does ISO Certification Matter When Choosing a Supplier?

February 27, 2020

  Why Choose an ISO-Certified Contract Manufacturer? We work with many types of customers at Laclede Chain who incorporate chain into their businesses in different ways. We serve OEMs that incorporate our chain into agriculture equipment, commercial fisheries that use marine chain to lift nets from the ocean, construction companies performing overhead lifting operations, and…

Powder Coating Capabilites

December 2, 2019

Advantages of Powder Coated Chain Our team has invested nearly a decade of research and testing (and over a million dollars) building our powder coating line. Powder coating is an ideal method for finishing your chain as it can withstand the elements and wear and tear. It can be applied in almost any color you…

Your Tire Chain Questions, Answered

November 21, 2019

When can I use tire chains in my state? In many states, the general rule is that tire chains may be used for safety when snow and/or icy conditions are present, but are not required. However, some states have more stringent regulations for when tire chains can, or must, be used.  California has complex requirements…

3D Printing Innovation at Laclede Chain

October 29, 2019

While we’re still a ways away from actually 3D printing chain in mass quantities, we’ve been using this increasingly prevalent technology in our business since 2017. Here’s how we’re using it to innovate and help our customers grow. Vetting New Designs and Configurations Any engineer knows that what seems like a viable solution in a…

Tire Chain Specs: Know the Differences

August 13, 2019

Across the traction chain industry, products are classified into two general categories: NACM (National Association of Chain Manufacturers) series products and non-NACM products. NACM products include many traction chains that are constructed in a ladder style configuration. They generally follow a universal stock numbering sequence for each product type. NACM specifications outline dimensional guidelines such…

International Chain Grades: What You Need to Know

July 1, 2019

International Chain Grades: What You Need to Know While Laclede Chain is known as one of America’s oldest domestic chain manufacturers, we also distribute imported chain through our international division. In our many years of experience working with imports, we’ve become familiar with the common practices of international manufacturers that can have an impact on…

Marine Environments & Your Chain

May 24, 2019

Steel is the material of choice for many of the things we use every day—tools, vehicles, and chain. Due to the saltwater and salt air, marine environments are tough on steel. Since the invention of steel, people have been experimenting with ways to prolong its life, especially in these tough environments. The typical answer is…