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16-12-2013
Interesting Facts About Industrial Mechanical Clutches

Industrial mechanical clutches are motor control components that come with mechanical drive assemblies. Basically, these drive assembles are consisted of mechanically actuated parts that connect two shafts, so they can be paired and spun at the same speed, or disconnected and rotated at various speeds. In vehicles, industrial mechanical clutches work by transferring power from engines to the other systems of the car, such as drive wheels and transmission. When these clutches are disengaged, the power transfer from the engines will be put on a halt. The car engines, however, will still continue and working.

Common applications

Industry mechanical clutches are built for a broad range of applications in power transmission. Aside from automotive, these devices can be specialized and used for 

  • Off-road uses
  • Military, marine
  • Heavy-duty transport
  • Aerospace
  • Pump motor drives
  • Conveyor drives
  • Heavy equipment, such as tractors, snowplows and dump trucks.

Advantages

  • In terms of price, industrial mechanical clutches are a lot cheaper than hydraulic and pneumatic clutches.
  • These clutches are best when used in automobiles as well as industrial equipment like cranes and hoists. Large mechanical clutches are actuated through compound linkages, while smaller clutches are operated directly with levers or cams. For the most part, mechanical actuation is ideal when the pedal and lever are located near the industrial clutch.

Disadvantages

  • Mechanical clutches, however, cannot provide the same torque range as pneumatic and hydraulic clutches can.  
  • Industrial mechanical clutches need more maintenance than their counterparts. A mechanical clutch needs to use a cable for actuation, and this cable normally needs adjustments throughout the entire life of the clutch. Hydraulic clutches, on the other hand, do not need adjustments, as long as there is an ample amount of fluid left in the reservoir.

Common problems in using a mechanical clutch

Clutch problems will vary, depending on the type of clutch used. The following are the most common problems involved in mechanical clutches:

  • High-pitched squealing clutches are quite common, especially in vehicles. When dealing with this kind of problem, make sure to have your clutch repaired and serviced. Failure to fix the problem may result to damage in the reduction and reverse gears, which could break loose of the clutch linings.
  • When a mechanical clutch fails to operate, it is most likely frozen. In this case, the problem could be caused by a faulty clutch mechanism, or its clutch plates have absorbed water.
  • As with other moving components, mechanical components are subject to wear and slippage. Failure to fix these problems may cause to complete failure to the mechanical clutch.

How to buy a mechanical clutch

When choosing a mechanical clutch, there are a few important points that you have to keep in mind. Here are the things to take consider when selecting the right clutch

  • Special features
  • Load and drive connections
  • Shaft configurations
  • Measurements including weight, the dimension along the axis rotation, length, diameter, and the assembly’s cross-sectional width
  • Specifications, including rotational speed, power, and toque power

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