Since 1841, the oil industry has been the beneficiary of an amazing set of products from National Oilwell Varco. NOV manufacturers some of the most powerful oil and gas collection systems in the world, and in 1949 they debuted their individual National brand to provide the rest of the industrial world with their versatile torque converters. Torque converters are relatively basic devices that must be used by nearly every heavy-duty machine with a transmission. These components essentially move power from the engine to whatever the engine powers, and no industrial machine can be considered fully automatic without them. K&L Clutch has seen the premium quality provided by National products, so we gladly stock a wide range of National torque converters, and we offer comprehensive National transmission service and repair.
Why are Torque Converters Important?
Torque converters are found in nearly all large-scale machines, and they are considered indispensable technology. Most torque converters are simply hydrodynamic fluid couplers that connect and distribute power from the engine to the driven load. Perhaps the most important function of a torque converter, however, is that it steps up the input rotational power when a higher output is needed. Many converters can even lock to the engine when they match speeds. This process prevents faults and generally holds efficiency at a high level.
National Premium Quality
National did not initially start off making torque converters, but they began to do so when they realized that few third-party components could stand up to the harsh challenges presented in the oil industry. Using their tremendous experience, they designed and manufactured a line of torque converters that perfectly suited their needs, so they decided to make those durable products available to the world. Since then, National torque converters have influenced many industrial fields, including:
These are just a few of the applications where National shines above all else. K&L Clutch understands the importance of using the most powerful components available on the market, and we proudly offer full service National transmission repairs, rebuilds, and more.
A Brief Inventory List
K&L Clutch carries an impressive line of National torque converters, and we can install, service, repair, and maintain any National transmission system. We’ve included below a sample listing of the National torque converters we carry, but this list is by no means exhaustive.
For a full list of the inventory offered by K&L Clutch, contact us here. Our helpful, professional staff will happily answer any questions you may have about our services, and they can assist in scheduling a consultation.
When they are malfunctioning, it not only leads to frustration on your part, but it also can lead to downtime and lost business opportunities. If you regularly work with industrial equipment like cranes who need regular service and repair on parts such as torque converters, here are some important signs that your torque converter is going to need service real soon.
One of the major signs that international torque converter rebuilders often look for with a torque converter is repeated slipping or shuddering within the machine. International torque converter rebuilders will often look at slipping and shuddering as one of the first signs it’s time to give the machine a serious run-through. First of all, these professionals realize that torque converter shuddering in heavy machinery often means that the equipment has a clutch problem. If the clutch is failing to deliver power to the converter, it can lead to serious performance issues with the industrial machine. Even the best torque converter for industrial cranes will have problems every now and then. Please realize that this is a big repair job and is best left up to a top torque converter rebuilder and not just any mechanic.
Torque converter shuddering in heavy machinery isn’t the only ominous sign you need to look out for. Dirty liquid can also be cause for a serious concern. Ideally, you will want all of the liquid in your industrial equipment to appear nice and thick. The hydraulic fluid used to properly run the machine should have the correct viscosity otherwise it can lead to slips, overheating or other serious and costly problems. Even the best torque converter for industrial cranes and other machines will go bad if you do not watch your oils and other fluids.
If you are looking for someone to service your torque converter then this might be the main reason why you do it. First of all, the main concern is bad seals. You also should strongly consider any drop in fluid pressure. Simply put, a drop in fluid pressure can often result in an industrial machine running hot. Of course, this is not an easy task, but if you are able, check the fluid pressure. If you can’t, leave it up to the professionals.
It can be tough to determine when your torque converter needs servicing. Your can call K&L Clutch 24 hours a day for service. We are a worldwide company, so no matter where your location, we will be dedicated to helping you get your equipment back up to par.
Contact the Professionals at K&L Clutch with further questions, as we have a 24/7 service line and the fastest turn around time in the business!
Knowing the symptoms of a failing torque converter can make diagnosing problems with a machine much easier.
Despite the excellent capabilities and reliability of the torque converters we provide, problems do arise from time to time—especially considering the extraordinary torque converter performance your extraordinary projects require.
Diagnosing torque converter problems can be tricky because the symptoms often look like a problem with the transmission, but that’s not always the case.
The profit losses start mounting as soon as your transmission fails out in the field. When it happens (and it happens to just about everyone), you need transmission replacement and repair parts, and you need them fast.
K&L Clutch and Transmission offers customers a solid investment for their industrial projects since our products are longer lasting, our work more efficient and our quality services mean less downtime.
1. Longer Life
The longer industrial transmission and clutch components last, the more you’ll save on your project’s bottom line.
For example, our torque converters are tough, durable, and long-lasting, meaning you’ll spend less on equipment repairs and replacement parts, and more on investments that are actually profitable. But beyond their own integrity, our industrial torque converters actually extend the life of heavy equipment engines and transmissions themselves, thanks to smooth operation at optimum efficiency speed ranges, and shock protection from load and equipment damage. Read Full Article →
Here at K&L Clutch, we don’t just supply our clients with critical industrial transmission parts like pneumatic clutches and torque converters. We keep companies drilling, digging, dredging, and doing the work that powers the world.
In other words, our goals exist to make it easier for companies to achieve their’s.
One of the company’s most recent triumphs, for example, was the Hubline Project for Algonquin Gas Transmission Co. — a 29-mile long, 30-inch steel pipeline installed under Massachusetts Bay. It is the longest undersea gas line in New England, and was built to carry natural gas for local and regional markets. […]
Complicating matters was the location of the work, the company adds. “The uniqueness of this restoration project is that Norfolk Dredging Co. had to perform this work some five miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean, in the middle of winter, digging to depths of 120 feet over an active high-pressure gas pipeline, while working under a rigidly defined time frame for completion,” it says. Nevertheless, the work was completed on time and without incident.
No excuses. They just got the job done.
We’ve been working with crane and dragline companies like Norfolk Dredging for more than 30 years — and this company typifies the sort of relationships we aim to build with our clients.
The key is customer service, because professional 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 in hostile work environments.
In the end, customer service is a state of mind. From our headquarters in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, this mission revolves around a series of service capabilities:
Fully-equipped service trucks that come to you.
24/7, round-the-clock readiness.
Expert technicians and staff.
An innovative in-house machine shop that provides customized solutions to unique challenges.
Time is money when you’re out in the field, and even a small breakdown can be crippling to your project’s finances. When you need service, you need it then and there—not in three to five shipping days needed to get the right tools for the fix (or even the three to five hours it takes an ill-equipped company to get the industrial transmission part into the right place) and that’s where K&L comes in with our fully-equipped field service trucks.
Our field service trucks are carefully designed to respond to the complex and ever-evolving needs for job-sites in industries like oil, gas, mining and construction. Our trucks will come to you—24/7, wherever you’re working—and they’ll come armed and ready to get the job done.
Let’s take a closer look at what they carry:
A 5,000-Pound-Capacity Auto Crane
A heavy-duty Auto Crane makes it much easier to respond to demanding industrial power service needs, and gives us the flexibility and accuracy needed to do fixes in hard-to-reach places.
Why? Reach and lifting abilities matter. If we just showed up with the right tools and replacement parts, but no way to easily position them to where they need to be, additional time and manpower would be wasted trying get everything in the right place.
The cranes feature rack-and-pinion rotation systems—resulting in the high torque needed for heavy lifting and positioning—and rotational cylinders guarded by flow controls and load-holding valves, which boost safety and operational precision. All together, this makes repairing or replacing equipment like torque converters, mechanical clutches and pneumatic clutches simple.
In other words, the 5,000-pound Auto Cranes on our trucks make sure they arrive ready to work.
Complete, Customized Tool Capabilities
There’s nothing more dismaying than a service provider showing up unprepared or unable to do the job. From the heaviest-duty appliances to the smallest hand tools, we’ll arrive with everything needed to install and service the wide range of units we sell.
In fact, at our headquarters in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, we thrive on coming up with customized solutions to unusual and unexpected problems. Our tool sets reflect these diverse, nimble solutions capabilities.
Machine Shop Support and Talent
In the end, what’s on our truck is only as good as the people that arrive with it. And thanks to our extensive support experience, our technicians are simply the best in the business. Headquartered just nine miles from DWF International Airport in the town of Hurst, we’re also ideally located to get them to jobs all over the country.
Furthermore, as with our tool sets, our North Texas machine shop and service center gives us the backing needed to solve problems specific to your job’s unique needs and situation. We’ll get you back up and running in no time.
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 →
The most likely problem you’ll run into, overheating can usually be directly traced to low converter fluid pressure and/or air present in the system. This can be caused by several factors: when fluid levels get too low, when the filter gets clogged, suction lines are cracked or the charging pump begins to fail. Overheating can damage the seals, o-rings, and gaskets leading to fluid leaks and a lack of proper fluid circulation.
2. Deformed Blades
Fragmented or deformed turbine blades is another sure way to see an industrial torque converter quickly lose its effectiveness. This can happen as a result of rapid overheating of the torque converter or contamination ingested into the system which can lead to the turbine blades beginning to break and pull away from the hubs. With extreme heat, the blades can even break into pieces. Torque converters with deformed or fragmented blades require significant and expensive repairs (or a complete rebuild) to avoid a prohibitive loss of torque converter efficiency.
3. Proper Installation
When installing a new K&L torque converter, it is best practice to install new cooler lines and have the radiator/cooler professionally cleaned. This ensures that all contamination from the previous converter installation is removed from the system. If coolers and lines are not clean, then debris from the previous converter failure will be ingested into the new converter causing a very quick and costly failure.