Chains are an indispensable part of our lives. Usually totally unseen, they bring us forward and make life easier.

Thinks chains, so there are some images that jump an almost. For example, a heavy link chain which is attached to an anchor or even seen people who are in chains, as in numerous films and television series. As a rule, however, determine the various conveyor and drive chains, the image in our everyday lives. The helpers are inconspicuous to the wide variety of locations and whether the escalator, the elevator or the assembly line in the industry: They move people.

Chains in ancient Greece

For an entirely new and revolutionary way of war for the first time made ​​the use of chains on 3rd Century BC, the Greek scientist and engineer Philo of Byzantium describes the use of a chain in an ancient Greek ballistics called Polybolos. There the chains are used to comply with set projectiles and to tension the tentacles. The first known use of chains is thus back over 2,000 years.


The Polybolos thus marked the beginning of a new era, although the chain still no constant transferred energy. Not until many centuries later, the chain, and how they can be used in the Western Hemisphere took a closer look. Show sketches and varied notes that Leonardo da Vinci has done extensive work with a variety of drive and conveyor chain based variants.

Chains across industry and transportation

Really interesting, it was then in 1770, as the French inventor and engineer Jacques, the chain first began in an industrial environment. His idea was to minimize the use of human labor, as he began driving chains in a silk mill. Whether this was done for reasons of efficiency or pure inventiveness, however, is not known.

Just as in industry, the chain is as hip as well as the transport for several hundred years. 1869, the first time the use of a bicycle chain was documented. As with many great innovations, there were at several places of the earth, the same basic idea. Sun contributed other Guilmet pioneering work by developing a bike that led through a chain-assisted pedaling power to the rear wheel. The American JF Tredz invented almost simultaneously called “High Wheeler” in which a very large front wheel was driven by a chain.

The chain now

In industry, the use of chains is here to stay and even if increasingly using alternative propulsion will interesting, is also on bicycles and motorcycles, the chain is still in first place when it comes to driving. Chains are also found in daily life as good as anywhere, such as in driving trains, escalators or moving walkways at the airport. Also plays just the German industry, with long-established businesses an important role when it comes to innovative drive and conveyor chains comes.