How Our Products Work

Basic Principals of Operation of Friction Clutches, Brakes and Torque Limiters

Mach III products are used to transfer motion from one component of a machine to another. Friction is the force that transfers the energy from an input rotating member to the output member (clutches and torque limiters) or to the machine frame (brakes). Friction is created either by compressed air force or spring force squeezing a set of discs into contact. The disc set includes one or more friction discs and one or more drive discs that are alternately attached to the components which rotate constantly, and those that do not. The amount of torque transferred is linear in respect to force applied to the set of discs.  

More details about torque capacity, caluclation of torque requirement and other design engineering considerations can be found in our Engineering Guidelines section.


How Each Product Type Works

The examples below represent each type of product available from Mach III.  Many more configurations are available than what is shown here.  Visit the Products section to explore the available options or explore our Custom Design Solutions.  

 Spring Engaged Friction Brake Operation Diagram
Air Applied Friction Brake Diagram
Spring Engaged Friction Clutch Operation Diagram
Air Applied Friction Clutch Cut-A-Away
Torque Limiter Operation Diagram
Clutch-Brake Combination Air-Air
Clutch-Brake Combination Air-Spring Stops The Shaft
Combination-Clutch Brake Air-Spring Stops The Sleeve

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