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How Do Air Clutches Work?

Apr 2, 13 • Air ClutchesComments Off on How Do Air Clutches Work?

Oil States Air Clutch | K&L Clutch and Transmission | Industrial Air ClutchesEver wondered how air clutches work? K&L Clutch and Transmission has the expert answer!

An industrial air clutch for heavy machinery performs a very important job in relation to an engine and how power or torque is transferred. A typical engine has an output shaft as can be seen on an automobile engine at the flywheel position. A clutch is a device, usually a system of plates or grabbing disks that engage the power from the flywheel and transfer it to the transmission. A PTO, or power takeoff shaft, performs the same function and is commonly found on heavy construction equipment or farm machinery. The engine clutch engages with the PTO shaft so that it may spin or drive another component, like a tiller or peripheral device. Compressed air is used to engage or disengage the engine from the driven component, rather than using hydraulic (oil) or centrifugal force.
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New Technology Spotlight – UNIC Mini Cranes

Mar 11, 13 • Cranes, News, World NewsComments Off on New Technology Spotlight – UNIC Mini Cranes
Cool Industrial Machinery | Mini Cranes | K&L Clutch and Transmission

Image courtesy of unic-cranes.co.uk

Typically we provide clutch and transmission services for some of the world’s largest and most powerful cranes. Our crane parts, clutches, transmissions, power take-offs, torque converters and brakes can be found doing work in a wide range of countries for a variety of jobs. But sometimes jobs on a smaller scale are still too much for us to do without some assistance. For those jobs, a large crane may be too much. For some of those jobs, a large crane may not even fit.

UNIC Cranes Europe claims to have “the world’s most compact mini cranes,” and it seems like they’re right. The company, based in England, has engineered and built some of the most impressive cranes on the market. Their cranes, which they call “spider cranes,” are small, light, durable and able to reach areas that are typically very difficult to access.
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Choosing The Right Power Take Off (PTO) For Your Machine

Feb 24, 13 • NewsComments Off on Choosing The Right Power Take Off (PTO) For Your Machine

Best Power Take Off for Industrial Machine | K&L Clutch and TransmissionIf you’re here, it’s likely you don’t just have a passing interest in industrial power take-offs. You’ve either used a PTO before or are planning to use one soon. And if you’re using PTOs, you know that there is a wide range of types and brands that can be installed and utilized for various powerful machines.

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Industrial Torque Converters: The Usefulness of Torque Fluid

Feb 13, 13 • NewsComments Off on Industrial Torque Converters: The Usefulness of Torque Fluid

industrial torque converter fluid | K&L Clutch and TransmissionWater is considered one of the most important elements in nature. The prevalence of water (it covers over 70% of the earth) and it’s fundamental role in survival results in it being one of the most studied and versatile substances in existence. Humanity has figured out many ways to utilize the potential that water has, from impressive dams and turbines producing hydroelectric power to squeezing it into small pipes and spaces to provide cooling for engines. Water isn’t the only important fluid with industrial applications – another substance that has become increasingly important and adaptable is hydraulic fluid, which is an essential element in the function of industrial torque converters.  

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Power Take Offs (PTOs): The Importance of Safe Operation

Feb 12, 13 • Operation and Safety, Power Take OffsComments Off on Power Take Offs (PTOs): The Importance of Safe Operation

Power Take Offs | Safely Operating Heavy Machinery | Twin Disc PTO Distributor, K&LAs we well know, as operators and distributors of these hard-working parts, power take offs serve quite a few uses! They began around World War I as additions to tractors and have since been adapted to fit many different purposes. Dump trucks use them to lift their dump boxes and release their loads. Fire trucks use them to pump water through their hoses. They can even be installed on trucks to operate wenches and small cranes. These add-ons provide more than just extra machinery, they provide the user with a tool that can take care of almost anything they need.

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K & L Becomes the “Full Line Distributor” for WPT in North Texas Area

Feb 1, 13 • Brakes, Clutches, Industrial Mechanical Parts, New Inventory Arrivals, Power Take OffsComments Off on K & L Becomes the “Full Line Distributor” for WPT in North Texas Area

To complement our WPT Mechanical line of power products, K & L Clutch is pleased to announce their appointment as the “Full Line Distributor” in North Texas for WPT Power Products. Effective 2/1/13 we will handle the complete line of outstanding products that WPT offers. This includes Type 1 andWPT mecanical power take off image Type 2 Pneumatic and Hydraulic PTOs, Power Grip and PO Clutches, Water Cooled Brakes, Low Inertia Clutches and Brakes, Pump drives, and Caliper Brakes. With this appointment, K & L Clutch becomes the only certified service center for WPT Power Products in the North Central Texas area. If your unit is in need of repair, we can do it.

We are ready to service you now. Please call any of our experienced sales associates and ask more about the “Full Line” of WPT products we can serve you with.

Contact us for more information. We’ll get your project back up and running in no time.

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Happy New Year from K&L!

Jan 3, 13 • News, World NewsComments Off on Happy New Year from K&L!

Happy New Year from K&L Clutch and TransmissionK&L Clutch and Transmission would like to wish our valued customers a safe and happy New Years, and all the best for 2013.

We are grateful that you chose us for your heavy machinery clutch and transmission parts and service needs and we hope we can continue to offer you the highest quality in goods and service as we move forward into the new year.

We try to actively defend our reputation, if you have any concerns with our service, please don’t hesitate to let us know. If you have already benefited from our top quality parts and excellent customer service, allow us to thank you again! Feel free to check out our range of products.

Once again, all the best for 2013!

Common Torque Converter Problems

Nov 30, 12 • Torque ConvertersComments Off on Common Torque Converter Problems

Issues With Your Heavy Machinery?

Some Symptoms of Possible Torque Converter Problems

Common Torque Converter Problems

If you’ve been in this field long enough, you’ve likely dealt with a few common torque converter problems. Although we are confident in the excellent capabilities, and reliability, of the torque converters we provide, we also know that problems do occasionally arise. Considering the extreme mechanical feats of your heavy machinery, and the tasks required of the torque converters in those machines, this makes sense. What also makes sense, then, is being prepared.
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Boom Crane Parts, Anatomy and Origin

Nov 27, 12 • Cranes, Industrial Mechanical PartsComments Off on Boom Crane Parts, Anatomy and Origin

Back in August of 2009 we released a post digging into the science of cranes, their components and how everything works together. We decided it was time for an update, but you can still see the former boom crane post here: https://www.klclutch.com/cranes/science-behind-boom-cranes/

The Parts of A Crane

A quick look at crane terminology.

  • Crane Parts and Anatomy - K&L Clutch and TransmissionThe Boom: The boom of a crane is the long, telescopic, or fixed, arm that is used to move objects.
  • The Counterweights: The counterweights are stabilizers placed near the cab’s exterior that prevent the crane from becoming unbalanced when lifting heavy loads.
  • The Jib: The jib is the lattice-like structure that gives the boom the freedom to extend.
  • The Rotex Gear: The Rotex gear affords the crane the ability to rotate its apparatus, thereby better enabling it to do its job from awkward standpoints. Hook rollers are also used in some crane applications.

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Three Things to Know About Hydraulic Torque Converters

Jun 13, 12 • Torque ConvertersComments Off on Three Things to Know About Hydraulic Torque Converters

Here at K&L Clutch & Transmission, we make it our business to supply you with the highest-quality torque converters for industrial machinery, including:

But it’s also our mission to supply information and understanding about our products to better help you choose which hydraulic torque converters best fit your needs.

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