Determining how long a friction clutch or brake will last has much to do with application. Cycle rates, revolutions per minute and the air pressure required to produce the torque to drive or stop the load are just a few of the considerations. Assuming the unit has been properly sized and the application is not unusually rigorous, the majority of friction brakes and clutches will measure their service life in years as long as the manufacturer’s instructions for installation, operation and routine maintenance are followed. Mach III has compiled its recommendations for users who want to do all they can to ensure that the clutches and brakes installed on their machinery last as long as possible. Topics covered in the eBook, Make It Last, include:
- Proper Selection
- Proper Mounting
- Chain & Belt Alignment & Tension
- Environmental Considerations
- Routine Maintenance
Click on: “MachIII_Ebook003 – Make it Last” to down load this helpful guide.
To assist customers inspect and assess the condition of Industrial Clutch “LK” clutches, Torque Inc has developed the “LK-Inspection-Checklist“. Click on the link to access this helpful aid to ensure all critical parts are inspected during clutch maintenance or repair.
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Key with clearance
Key with interference
Key with heavier interference
Heavy Interference without key
The best system is a Engineered Locking Element without a key
- Proper selection of either version of an engineered locking element requires the qualified engineering assistance that Torque Inc. can provide to insure a successful installation.
- Often the cost of the device is offset by the reduction in labor/machining cost associated with putting a connection together!
Torque Inc Application Engineer Steve Park selected a Wichita Clutch ATD 224 LIHTC (Low Inertia High Torque Clutch) for a custom designed conveyor drive system to provide protection for the drive train elements by functioning as a Torque Limiter. By regulating the air pressure applied to the Wichita Clutch, the end user can accurately adjust the clutch slip torque to a level to allow reliable machine operation under normal conditions and protect the drive train from overload by slipping the clutch,
A short video showing the process to assemble a Wichita Clutch, LI (low inertia) Clutch.
A short video showing the process to disassemble a Wichita Clutch, LI (low inertia) Clutch
Here is a helpful sheet to show the items to inspect/replace when rebuilding a Wichita STVC Clutch:
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