September 18-21, 2017
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais – Brazil
The marine environment is extremely harsh and delivering equipment capable of performing reliably and efficiently requires expert design engineers combined with advanced materials technology. Neil Wright, Managing Director of Wichita Clutch, assesses the requirements of modern marine clutches and brakes, which play such a crucial role in a variety of applications.
A heavy-duty clutch was needed for a massive storm simulator at the University of Florida. The new simulator is a unique machine that creates dynamic simulated Saffir-Simpson Scale Category 5 pressure events that produce rapidly fluctuating, positive and negative pressures on a test specimen to determine at what level failure, if any, occurs.
The challenge at a regional window treatment company was to ensure a consistent, even spray of the final coating on the steel material used in their manufacturing process. The steel unwinds from a coil and passes through multiple coating baths then through an oven.
“The key to supplying and supporting large, operationally critical power transmission equipment on a global basis is a combination of experience, planning and having the right people available on-site virtually anywhere in the world,” says Neil Wright, managing director of Wichita Clutch.
Wichita is part of the Altra Industrial Motion group, which manufactures and supplies a large range of industrial clutches, brakes, couplings and geared motors. As such it can provide valuable insight into how to deliver and support these sometimes huge and usually operationally critical items of plant equipment.