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Drilling Rig Parts and Repairs

drilling rig parts repairs by KL Clutch

Drilling rigs provide an invaluable service for companies that need to dig deep, with the convergence of drilling rig components and parts working together to do their job.

However, the reality of this situation is that the rigorous work being performed will likely hasten the onset of drilling rig repairs at some point.
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WPT POWER Sales Awards

Apr 14, 16 • Air Clutches, Brakes, Clutches, Local News, NewsComments Off on WPT POWER Sales Awards

Motley Crew

2015 was a great year for us.

We achieved some outstanding accomplishments; namely, winning a handful of awards:

  • The Distributor with the Largest Increase in Sales!
  • Top 5 in Mechanical PTO Sales
  • Top 5 in Overall Sales
  • Top 5 in Assembly Sales

If anyone is looking for WPT Power products, you now know who to call for the best!

INDUSTRIAL CLUTCH – Featured Product for December 2014

Dec 8, 14 • Clutches, NewsComments Off on INDUSTRIAL CLUTCH – Featured Product for December 2014

Industrial Clutch is a clutch manufacturer under the Altra Industrial Motion Group. The mechanical Industrial clutches we support are used in Allison Torque Converters and some rare National converters. These over-center clutches are used to disconnect the converter from the engine.
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Marine Clutches

Mar 21, 14 • Air Clutches, Clutches, Industrial Mechanical Parts, New Inventory ArrivalsComments Off on Marine Clutches

Oil States CM or VC style marine clutch

If you are working on one of the following types of boats:

Work, Crew, Ferry, Dredge, Fishing or Tugs

Chances are you will be in need of an Oil States CM or VC style marine clutch or drum that K&L now offers. Oil States CM clutch technology is the preferred choice for the marine industry and K&L now offers all five sizes 26″, 30″, 35″, 40″ and 48″.

The CM is a ventilated version of the CB clutch, providing greater heat dissipation through the ventilated friction shoe assembly. The CM design permits slippage during vessel maneuvering and cycling engagement.

DON’T THROW THOSE OLD RIMS AWAY!! Ask about the reman program for all sizes that can save you up to 35%, which carry the same warranty as new.

Replaceable Components for CM Clutches from K&L Clutch

CM Marine Clutches and Brakes Dimensions

CM Marine Clutches and Brakes from K&L Clutch

Please contact K&L Clutch and Transmission for all of your marine equipment and product needs.

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4 Common Industrial Clutch and Transmission Problems

May 15, 13 • Clutches, News, Torque Converters, TransmissionComments Off on 4 Common Industrial Clutch and Transmission Problems

Common Clutch and Transmission Problems | K&L Industrial Machine PartsThere are a huge number of different transmissions being put to use in a wide variety of simple and complex machinery. Each model uses different types of transmission designs to convert power and drive the engine. With each variety of system comes different abilities and, of course, their own set of unique problems. The most uncommon transmissions are those being put to use in heavy machinery such as hydrostatic transmissions, hydrodynamic systems, and electric transmissions. In each of these cases, the transmission system is essentially converting power from its source for transmission into various gears and components. This transmission mechanism differs accordingly. In virtually all cases, however, the clutch and transmission of a vehicle will be intricately related, controlling the transition between gears which are responsible for transferring power. The number of gears and precise machining necessary for a clutch and transmission to work together properly ends up becoming the source of a great many problems in the engine as a whole. Read Full Article →

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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Pneumatic Clutches: Uses and Capabilities

Oct 13, 11 • Clutches1 Comment

Pneumatic clutch | Industrial Equipment | K&L Clutch and TransmissionPneumatic clutches are very powerful and an excellent fit for the large industrial machines your company depends on for your toughest job-site challenges, including auto cranes and other construction vehicles.

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Three Keys to Excellent Industrial Equipment Service

Mar 11, 11 • Clutches, Cranes, Industrial Product ServiceComments Off on Three Keys to Excellent Industrial Equipment Service

24-Hour Field Service & Troubleshooting

Time spent not working is money poured down the drain, so the ability to respond instantly as soon as a breakdown happens is critical. Nonstop service capabilities can make the difference between project profitability and failure — especially since so many industries we work with are hard at work around the clock. From our service center and machine shop in North Texas, we can respond at any time a need arises, providing excellent industrial equipment services.

Factor in time zone changes, and this flexibility becomes even more vital—when work breaks down in the middle of the day in the Middle East, you shouldn’t have to wait until the normal business day starts up again in Dallas to get technical support and troubleshooting advice. Read Full Article →

VC-Style and CB-Style Air Clutches: The Basics

Feb 9, 11 • ClutchesComments Off on VC-Style and CB-Style Air Clutches: The Basics

At KL Clutch, we’re proud to provide both VC-style and CB-style pneumatic clutches — the sort rugged enough for peak, reliable performance out in the oilfields, and flexible enough to be provide pneumatic clutch solutions across a variety of other industrial applications using air clutches.

Both are constricting-type clutches featuring Oil State’s ELASTA-FLEX drum clutch elements—a flexible, fabric-reinforced inflatable elastomeric tube that expands radially inward—designed for severe, demanding clutch applications. When the tube constricts, it pushes the friction shoes against an outer cylindrical drum surface, which makes it easy to accurately determine and control element torque capacity.

Let’s take a look at the unique capabilities of each:

VC-type pneumatic clutches: Better heat dissipation. Higher torque capabilities. Increased longevity.Air Clutches | A Comparison by K&L Clutch and Transmission

VC elements were principally designed for severe, high-torque, high-thermal capacity clutching in heavy machinery with high starting loads. In other words: toughness, toughness, toughness.

By design, torque gets transmitted via torque bars from the side plates to the friction shoes. They work well for a few reasons: A well-ventilated construction improves heat dissipation from the friction shoes and cooling airflow. And the clutches boast high torque ratings, which makes it easy to use smaller diameter units (better for lowering contact velocity on high-speed applications). Because of what’s required of them, VC-style air clutches are in are in many ways considered to be the most trusty, tough styles of drum clutches.

A VC-style clutch might especially come in handy (compared to less efficient conventional clutches) if you’ve faced repeated clutch failures resulting from extensive slippage and high starting loads.

CB-type pneumatic clutches: torsional resilience and flexibility

CB-style air clutches, meanwhile, are most noted for their flexibility. Designed for power transmission in oilfield machinery, the CB elements work best in high-speed, medium-torque applications—especially those where high heat generation (as seen in VC applications) is less of a problem. CB torque also gets transmitted through a sort of flexible neoprene side wall and cord actuating tube, which lets minor, naturally occurring shaft misalignment happen without causing larger problems. The neoprene tube automatically tightens up when friction surfaces wear, providing constant compensation.

Out in the oilfield, the CB-types fit a more broad array of applications than VC types, including engine, slush pump, and PTO applications.

Contact our industrial clutch specialists to get a better idea of which pneumatic clutch suits your needs.

How Do Pneumatic Clutches Work?

Sep 30, 09 • Clutches2 Comments

pneumatic clutchGrab. Spin. Decouple. Repeat. At one level, clutches really are that simple. But pneumatic clutches are just one example of what a few innovative twists can do to complicate (and improve) the process.

So let’s start with the basics:

 

All clutches—whether K&L’s mechanical clutches, pneumatic clutches, or hydraulic clutches—work essentially the same way, and provide the same larger function. They work to synchronize two rotating shafts (say a car’s transmission and engine) that are spinning at different speeds. The clutch can connect the two shafts, locking them together to spin simultaneously, or decouple the shafts to spin again at different speeds (when you’d want to stop a car without turning off the engine).

All sorts of technical variations exist. But engaging a clutch (releasing the clutch pedal in a car, for example) almost always moves power from an engine to another part of the machine (like a car’s transmission). Disengaging usually stops that power transfer without stopping the engine (thus avoiding an engine stall).

To get more specific, when the clutch is engaged in a vehicle, its clutch plate usually makes direct contact with something like a car’s flywheel. To disengage, something like a release fork is pushed by a cable or a hydraulic piston. This pushes a throw-out bearing against the middle of the diaphragm spring, which pulls the press plate back away from the clutch disc. The clutch is then released.

Clutches allow cars to change gears, chainsaws to idle, drills to spin bits, and large machines to run at optimum power.

Pneumatics

The basic feature, of course, of all pneumatic machines is that such devices are powered by clean, compressed air. Pneumatic clutches are no different.

Where mechanical clutches does everything with moving, tangible parts, pneumatic brake clutches transfer power from one part of a machine to another using compressed air or other gases. Upon clutch disengagement, an air valve is opened and an air flow is initiated through a rotary inlet through the shaft, toward the pneumatic throw-out bearing, which opens the clutch. Re-engagement bleeds the air out of the system, a set of springs release, and the clutch reattaches to the flywheel. Then you’re ready to go.

Results

Compressed air is usually clean and easy to handle. In fact, the simplicity of pneumatic clutches leads to much more accurate torque control (with generally less than 5 percent variance) compared to mechanical clutches (often around ten percent).

When combined with pneumatic brakes, the brake/clutch packages provide reduced breaking distances, and are often use in larger, heavier vehicles like buses.

Contact K&L to learn more about pneumatic clutches. We’re proud to provide service and provide quality parts for pneumatic clutches from Oil States.