Author: Mike

Understanding Air-Engaged Brake Design and Applications

Spring-engaged and air-engaged brakes both compress friction and drive discs to restrict motion. However, you might find one is better suited for your application. In a previous blog post, we explored spring-engaged brakes, including their design and use cases. Now, to help you during the brake selection process, we turn to air-engaged brakes. How Do… Read more »

Custom Torque Limiters Enable College Racing Teams to Meet Their Needs for Speed

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Our torque limiters recently played a role in the Baja SAE off-road racing program at two universities, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and the University of Quebec (UQAM). This racing competition, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, was created to help young professionals develop teamwork and critical thinking skills about the modern automotive… Read more »

Video Explores Custom Clutch for Salmon Crowder System

Video Explores Custom Clutch for Salmon Crowder System

To prevent salmon from swimming into flood drains in the Sacramento River, local agencies built a special hoist system that raises and lowers grated barriers. Part of the assembly is a custom torque limiter that slips the system whenever debris buildup creates an excess of force on equipment. These torque limiters feature a special housing… Read more »

Understanding Spring-Engaged Brake Design and Uses

Understanding Spring-Engaged Brake Design and Uses

If your application needs a braking system, how do you know whether it’s better to use a spring-engaged or an air-engaged brake? Both are similar in design — they compress friction and drive discs to restrict motion — but each one has its own ideal use cases. In a new two-part blog post series, we’ll… Read more »

Custom Clutch Simplifies Salmon Crowder System

Custom Clutch Simplifies Salmon Crowder System

We recently supplied custom torque limiters for a salmon hatchery in Port Armstrong, Alaska. This hatchery uses moving fences — or “crowders” — to push adult salmon from one end of a 50-foot raceway to the other end, corralling the fish for egg and milt harvesting. The hatchery uses a direct drive motor system that… Read more »

Custom Clutch Solves Stick-Slip Issue In Vehicle Research System

Custom Clutch Solves Stick-Slip Issue In Vehicle Research System

Finding a standard air clutch that will satisfy all your technical requirements can be tough given the diversity of power transmission applications. That’s why our engineers will customize any clutch within our standard catalog to fit your exact needs. To take a recent example, we tailored one of our standard air clutches to retrofit an… Read more »

Custom Torque Limiter Eliminates Damaged Belts in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Equipment

Custom Torque Limiter Eliminates Damaged Belts in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Equipment

Our Mechanical Friction Torque Limiters are designed to slip so that the torque never exceeds a pre-set amount during momentary overload, protecting the drive and other components from damage. A recent application involving pharmaceutical machinery demonstrates these principles and also highlights our ability to design and deliver custom torque limiters quickly. Friction Creates Challenges on… Read more »

Just Keep Swimming: Custom Torque Limiter Achieves Success in Salmon-Barrier Application

Just Keep Swimming: Custom Torque Limiter Achieves Success in Salmon-Barrier Application

Before the development of the Wallace Weir Fish Rescue Facility, adult salmon returning from the sea to the San Francisco Bay faced a perilous situation. Due to the various drainage and flood-control canals in the area, many fish swam into and became trapped in basin drains, where they would die before spawning. To avoid this… Read more »