chain driven rollers

Chain Driven Conveyor Rollers

Rollers for Chain Driven Conveyors

With the popularity of automation, we require more and more automated transportation from one side to the other side, sprocket roller conveyors are the most popular type, especially in transporting some heavy workpieces. A sprocket roller conveyor is safer and more reliable when the workpiece is heavy. The chain-driven roller conveyor design is also the most common type used by users.

No matter which industry are you in, we can provide you with a proper solution when we design the roller conveying line, the workpiece will move more steadily if the roller center distance is small.

Normally we request the workpiece need to touch 3 rollers at any time. If the loading is heavier, need to use a bigger roller and mire thick roller pipe. Also, need to consider whether the roller is higher than the main beam or not when we use a driven sprocket roller.

The chain drive conveyor roller can be assembled in many forms in the conveyor system.

We are professional in providing you with the most suitable chain-driven conveyor rollers for you, and a competitive price for your reference, please tell us your needs immediately

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Seasoned Company Offering Conveyor Rollers with Sprockets

We offer a number of differently sized chain driven roller options, as well as having the capacity to create custom sprocket rollers. With 30 years of production behind us, we are proud of our reputation for reliable, high-quality products and excellent customer care at every stage of your dealings with us.

Roller Mounting Options Available

Female Threaded Shaft

The Shaft is having female threads ( female tap) and fitted between the frames with Bolts.

This is most widely used method

Spring Loaded Rollers

The Shaft is assembled with spring, so the shaft having spring back action. This makes the roller installation superfast eliminating fasteners application and saving manpower.

Milled End or Across Flat

The milled end or across flat is given to the shaft and is placed into a slotted c frame.

Other Options for Roller Mounting

There are lot many options such as cross drill, Spring Back + Milled end etc. The selection of the same depends on the application well as user requirement.

Gravity Or Idler Rollers Coating Options

Zinc Plating

Also known as Zinc Blue white passivation

This is most widely done coating process for Rollers

It gives 3-5 micron shiny white appearance

Cost effective process

Fast compared to other process.

This process is used in packaging areas where carton boxes, crates etc are to be conveyed

Chrome Plating

This process is done vary rarely

When there are chances of scratches on the roller,

then this process is done to protect the roller.

It gives 5 micron shiny white appearance

The coating thickness can be increased

Very Costly process

Very Time Consuming, compared to other process.

Auto-ancillary companies prefer this process when conveying metal parts

chain driven roller Chrome Plating


PU Coated Rollers

PU is polyurethane Coating

This process is done when the conveying parts is metal and it needs to be protected from scratches or metal to metal friction.

Generally a 3-5 mm thickness layer is done on the roller.

The coating thickness can be increased

Very Costly process & Very Time Consuming, compared to other process.

Auto-ancillary companies prefer this process when conveying metal parts

It is available is various colors as Green, Yellow, Red etc

It gives smooth bright and shiny finish



PVC Sleeve Coated Rollers

The PVC sleeve is 2-2.5mm thick.

It is inserted on the roller with high pressure.

It is used when you want friction or grip on the rollers

Tedious process


Tube Shaft Size Bearing
30mm diameter x 1.5mm 6mm ,8mm, 10mm diameter Semi-precision steel swaged
1 1/2" diameter x 16 swg 8mm, 10mm, 7/16"*, 12mm diameter & 11 hex Semi precision steel swaged
1 1/2" diameter x 16 swg 12mm, 14mm diameter & 11 hex Precision plastic push-in complete with 60022RS and blue plastic insert
1 1/2" diameter x 16 swg 8mm, 10mm, 7/16", 12mm diameter & 11 hex Precision steel swaged
50mm diameter x 1.5mm 8mm, 10mm, 7/16", 12mm diameter, & 11 hex Semi precision steel swaged
50mm diameter x 1.5mm 8mm, 10mm, 7/16", 12mm diameter, & 11 hex Precision steel swaged
50mm diameter x 1.5mm 12mm, 14mm diameter & 11 hex Precision plastic swaged complete with 60022RS & blue plastic insert

Conveyor Rollers Replacement That’s Customized to Your Requirements

In addition to a large number of standard sized rollers, we are also able to craft individual roller solutions for niche applications. If you have a challenging system that needs rollers that are made to your particular dimensions or that need to be able to cope with a particularly tough environment, we can normally come up with a suitable answer. Our company will always work with customers to find an option that not only delivers the required objectives, but which is also cost-effective and able to be implemented with minimal disruption. We provide rollers to a wide range of industries, including companies involved in ship building, chemical processing, food & beverage production, transport of hazardous or corrosive substances and many more.

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Some Design Options Include:

Because custom rollers are not returnable, we require that you call and talk to one of our application specialists to make sure you get the proper solution to your unique application.


Hog Ring holes in the axle.


Threaded ends on the axle.


Drilled and tapped axle ends.


Multiple Grooves, custom groove locations.


Sprocket, custom sprocket locations.


Crowned rollers.And more!

Frequently Asked Questions About Chain Driven Rollers

What Is Chain-Driven Live Roller (CDLR)


CDLR is a roll-to-roll chain-driven live roller conveyor. CDLR is a low-cost, high-load capacity powered conveyor suitable for many conveying applications such as:

Pallet loads



Industrial Containers

The welded construction makes chain-driven roller conveyors durable enough to handle the harshest conditions.

GCS offers highly-durable CDLR rollers. Contact us with your specification requirements.

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Why Opt For Fixed Drive Chain Conveyor Rollers?

GCS has carved its niche in the marketplace as the prominent Fixed Drive Chain Conveyor Rollers manufacturer in China. We understand the global industry wise demands of transporting goods without any mismatch. Thus, we bring the convenient way of assembling and implementing conveyor rollers with chained mechanism for making operations better.

Whether you are looking for long life structure of these rollers or planning to invest on sure-shot functioning tool, GCS encompasses all the factors. Our professionals possess experience in managing and assembling the Fixed Drive Chain Conveyor Rollers on the behalf of organizations.

Hence, if you don’t have sufficient knowledge about the application and implementation of the material solutions, then, count on our experts!

Chain Driven Live Roller Common Sizes

GCS Chain Driven Live Roller (CDLR) Conveyors are designed to meet your specific application needs.

Common sizes include:

1.9” diameter x #16 gage rollers

2 1/2” diameter x #11 gage rollers

2 9/16” diameter x #7 gage rollers

3.5” diameter x .300 wall rollers

Custom diameters available

CDLR conveyors are positively driven live roller conveyors, typically configured in progressive roll-to-roll fashion using standard roller chain and sprockets. Common applications are heavier unit loads (pallets, drums, etc.) or whenever a positive drive is desired.

Chain Driven Roller Conveyor Design

CDLR Conveyors Enable Product Stacking

One of the advantages of chain-driven driven roller conveyor systems is that they allow for the stacking of products moving on them (i.e. nesting side by side with each other while the line continues to run) When a CDLR conveyor is used as a palletised roller conveyor, loose-fitting plastic 'slipcovers' are usually used on the rollers.

These allow the pallets on the pallet conveyor to be stacked on top of each other in a fixed position while the rollers of the pallet roller conveyor continue to rotate underneath.

The chain driven live roller (CDLR) conveyor is ideal for transporting loaded pallets, tyres, drums, or other heavy items. Welded construction makes it durable enough to handle the toughest conditions. Sprocket roller and roller chain systems provide positive drive power. Custom lengths and widths are a standard offering.

Chain Drive Conveyor System
Design Considerations & Calculations for Gravity/Idler Roller Conveyor

Design Considerations & Calculations for Gravity Roller Conveyors: Ensuring Optimal Performance

Designing a Gravity Roller Conveyor involves careful considerations and calculations to ensure the conveyance system is well-suited for the intended products. Here are key factors that designers take into account:

Product Shape:

Consideration: The shape of the product is a critical factor. Products with an even base are ideal for gravity roller conveyors. Irregular shapes or protrusions at the bottom may lead to instability and difficulties in movement.

Calculation: Evaluate the product's dimensions and shape to determine the appropriate roller spacing and conveyor layout.

Product Weight:

Consideration: The weight distribution of the product is crucial. Evenly distributed weight ensures stable movement. Products with eccentric weight (uneven weight distribution) may behave unpredictably on the conveyor.

Calculation: Calculate the total weight of the product and analyze its distribution. Consider the potential for eccentric weight and its impact on conveyor performance.

Center of Gravity Changes:

Consideration: Products with changing centers of gravity during movement pose challenges. For instance, a partially filled box may shift its center of gravity, affecting stability and potentially causing product spillage.

Calculation: Understand the product's behavior during transit and design the conveyor with considerations for changing centers of gravity. Adjust roller pitch accordingly.

Leveling Pads or Uneven Bases:

Consideration: Products with leveling pads or uneven bases, such as refrigerators, may not be suitable for gravity roller conveyors. Uneven surfaces can lead to interference with roller gaps.

Calculation: Assess the product's bottom surface and factor in any protrusions or unevenness. Choose a conveyor system that accommodates the specific product characteristics.

Roller Pitch Adjustment:

Consideration: To prevent products from entering the gaps between rollers, especially in cases of eccentric weight or changing centers of gravity, roller pitch needs adjustment.

Calculation: Calculate the optimal roller pitch based on the product's characteristics and potential weight shifts. Ensure the pitch is smaller to prevent unwanted entry of the product into roller gaps.

By carefully considering these factors and performing relevant calculations, designers can tailor Gravity Roller Conveyors to handle specific products effectively, ensuring smooth and reliable material handling processes.

Talk to Us About Your Conveyor Roller Needs

Contact GCS Today to Learn More

Finding the perfect roller for your operation is crucial, and you want to do so with little disruption to your workflow. If you need a special-size roller for your conveyor system or have questions about the rollers’ differences, we can assist you. Our customer service team can help you get the right part for your existing conveyor system.

Whether installing a new system or needing a single replacement part, finding suitable rollers can improve your workflow and increase your system’s life. We will help you get the right part with fast communication and personalized care. To learn more about our rollers and custom solutions, contact us online to speak with a specialist or request a quote for your roller needs.

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