Made in America Clutches & Brakes?
Featured Product from Force Control Industries, Inc.
Have you heard of Force Control Industries? Oil Shear Technology? Made in America Clutches & Brakes? No Adjustment-Ever Motor Brakes?
If you use industrial clutches and brakes you may want to learn more about Force Control products.
Who is Force Control? Force Control Industries officially started business in 1969 building the Posidyne oil shear clutch brake. Over the years many design improvements were made and various other products added. Included were the Posistop foot mounted brake, Posistop Motor mounted Brake, Positorq tension control, and dynamometer load brakes, and many custom designed clutches brakes. Higher technology products have been added such as the CLPC, Electronic Closed Loop Positioning Controls, complete dynamometer stands including load absorbers, structure, controls, and data acquisition and coming soon IoT.
Nearly all Force Control products are designed as a multiple friction disc drive plate system; actuated by air, hydraulic pressure, spring force or electric. To engage the clutch or brake the friction discs and plates are compressed together. The higher the pressure, the higher the torque transmitted. In many of the competitive products that is the end of the process. However, there is one very big and significant difference in the Force Control design. The unit is designed to have transmission fluid circulating through the friction stack. This offers several advantages;
The torque transmitted during dynamic engagement is through a process called Oil Shear Technology. Force Control Industries designed a unique method of circulating transmission fluid through the unit friction stack and back to the housing. During engagement dynamic torque is transmitted through this film of transmission fluid. This eliminates the wear caused by direct contact of the friction material on the steel drive plates. Torque increases as pressure on the stack increases until the friction disc breaks through the fluid film and the disc and plates become statically locked.
Much of the energy of engagement is done in the fluid. The circulating fluid continually removes the heated fluid from the friction stack and transfers it to the housing where it is cooled and re-circulated.
What does this mean to the user of Force Control clutches and brakes?
- Friction disc wear is greatly reduced. This means friction discs don’t need to be changed. For spring set units it means no adjustment is ever needed.
- The friction surface is protected from glazing meaning the torque transmitted is constant throughout the life of the unit.
- Engagement through the fluid film softens the engagement, while not reducing the time to engage, which is easier on the downstream drive components such as couplings, gearboxes etc.
- Higher loads, higher cycle, rates are achievable because of the cooling. If the standard cooling is not enough there are several options available such as fan cooling, water cooling, or an external cooling system can be added.
- The bottom line is longer life, less maintenance, no adjustment-ever, higher cycle rates, less downtime, higher safety reliability, and overall higher production, at a lower cost.
Attention OEM’s. Force Control products are not the cheapest clutches or brakes, but may provide a higher production machine, or another sales advantage for high quality equipment. They may also reduce clutch or brake warranty claims.
Force Control Industries products are designed and manufactured in the United States, supported by a highly qualified local staff, as well as a network of Manufacturers Representatives and Distributors.
Contact one of our application engineers at Force Control Industries for a solution for your clutch or brake application. It will be worth your time.