Happy Pi Day From Mach III

clock March 14, 2017 21:32 by author Mach III Clutch
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It’s Official, 2016 Is Our Largest Sales Year Ever

clock December 7, 2016 10:45 by author Mach III Clutch


Mach III is proud to announce that as of TODAY, December 7, 2016, at 10:25am, we have broken our previous annual sales record, which was set in 2014. 

Thank you to all of the awesome clients and dedicated team members who have helped us achieve this milestone.

Our CEO’s Comments on Brexit Quoted In Letter From KY WTC

clock July 1, 2016 12:14 by author Mach III Clutch

ky_ukEd Webb, President & CEO of The World Trade Center Kentucky spoke with our CEO, Lesli Riehemann, about her reaction to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union and subsequent market reaction. Read her comments in a letter sent to World Trade Center Kentucky members.

Ohio River Sweep 2016 Volunteer Project

clock June 22, 2016 10:11 by author Mach III Clutch

On Saturday, June 18, a group from Mach III boarded pontoon boats and ventured to the banks of the Ohio River to collect trash as part of the annual River Sweep project. Since 1989, this award-winning cleanup for the Ohio River and its tributaries brings thousands of volunteers to the riverbanks to remove tons of trash and debris. We collected pieces of  foam, plastic toys, medicine bottles, lighters, more than a few unmentionables, hundreds of plastic bottles, 5 gallon buckets, an entire cooler and a freaky fish skeleton.    Information about participating in River Sweep is available at





















Taste Of Hope Volunteer Project

clock March 28, 2016 09:22 by author Mach III Clutch

On March 21, Mach III employees and their family and friends came together to provide dinner at the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House. This facility provides temporary housing and meals for up to 78 families whose children are receiving life saving treatments at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Stays at Ronald McDonald house can be as short as 1 day or as long as 2 years. The average stay is 3 months.

The Taste of Hope program coordinates groups of volunteers to purchase, prepare and serve either lunch or dinner. Our group prepared a delicious meal of pan seared salmon, bbq pork chops, ceasar salad and side items under the guidance of Chef Randy.  We then served more than 130 guests, ate dinner ourselves and cleaned up the dishes and kitchen.  It was a lot of fast and furious work, but if was both a fun and rewarding.  We are looking forward to doing it again.

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Clutches: Declassified

clock March 16, 2016 22:04 by author Mach III Clutch

pt0316By Matthew Jaster, Senior Editor, PTE Magazine

Mach III is featured in the March 2015 issue of Power Transmission Engineering Magazine.

Click Here to read the article

Finds From the Field: Clutch-Brake with Wooden Friction Linings

clock August 11, 2015 21:43 by author Mach III Clutch


Peter Buckley may have officially retired from engineering at Mach III (after retiring from Torque, Inc.) but, by his own admission, he “never stops being a clutch guy.”  While on a cross-country adventure, Pete walked by an old capstan in Chena Hot Springs (Fairbanks, Alaska).  The first thing that drew his attention was the brake band with wooden block shoes.  Then, on closer inspection, he saw what appeared to be a cone clutch with wooden linings so he snapped this photo to share with his fellow clutch-geeks stuck back in the office at Mach III. 

Thank you for sharing your adventures with us, Peter.  Keep the photos coming!

Sam Campbell Celebrates 30 Years With Mach III

clock August 8, 2014 23:47 by author Mach III Clutch

machiii_sam_c_30yrIn early 1984 Mach III Clutch, Inc. made a move that was short in distance (just around the corner from its original location) but big in significance.  Manufacturing space more than tripled from 1,500 to 4,900 square feet.  That year saw the company’s first 1,000 piece order for a clutch that would be used on accumulating conveyors.  Sam Campbell was hired in August to deburr parts for that order expanding Mach III’s work force to 5 full time employees, including two owners.

Sam stayed on and his responsibilities expanded.  After spending some time in product assembly machiii_warner_swasey_lathehe was encouraged to try his hand at machining.  He learned to machine castings and slugs on the Warner Swasey lathe pictured on the left which is now used for product testing.  He made parts to prints that were drawn by hand on vellum by the company’s founder, Raleigh Becknell, an example of which is also shown.  As Mach III upgraded to CNC machinery Sam learned to first operate, then program Mach III’s Mazak CNC lathes. 

machiii_print_on_vellumWhen Mike Becknell, Mach III’s former president and head of the CNC department, died unexpectedly in June 2002, Sam stepped up to lead the department through a trying time.    Sam is now Mach III’s senior machinist and the go to guy on the production floor for CNC lathe programming and troubleshooting.  He is the second Mach III staff member to reach the 30 year club.  He joins Ron Ashbrook, Application & Design Director, who will celebrate 33 years with Mach III in September of this machiii_sam_cncyear.

The owners of Mach III are grateful for the loyalty Sam has shown to Mach III and for the high standards he holds for himself and our products.  We congratulate Sam on reaching this milestone and look forward to many more years of working with him!

For more about Mach III’s history, click here

Mach III Featured In Think Kentucky Article

clock August 6, 2014 01:32 by author Mach III Clutch

Kentucky was recently given an “A” rating in the annual Small Business Friendliness Survey.  Mach III was featured in a story about how the Commonwealth supports small business.  Click here to read the article.


Mach III Clutch, Inc., for over 40 years, has designed and manufactured friction clutches, brakes and torque limiters for industrial power transmission. Mach III specializes in customized designs and works directly with OEM, distributors and user customers. Mach III products are used in a wide array of industries including, narrow web converting, food processing, material handling, theme park attractions, packaging, and aerospace. The company is headquartered in Walton, KY in the Northern Kentucky-Greater Cincinnati Area.

For more information, contact Mach III Clutch, Inc., 101 Cummings Drive, Walton, KY 41094. Phone: 859-291-0849. Fax 859-655-8362. Email: Website:

Application Adapted Clutches and Brakes

clock June 11, 2014 17:27 by author Mach III Clutch

Mach III is an American manufacturer of air and spring actuated friction clutches, brakes and mechanical torque limiters that specializes in application specific adaptations. Customization capabilities range from minor tweaks of catalog models to completely novel designs.  MachIIICustomProductsLogo

Clockwise from top left are some examples:

Curious about other examples?  Visit our Applications Blog

Products available in torque capacities to 62,000 pound inches, bore sizes to 3.625 inches and in a multitude of mounting configurations including through shaft, end of shaft, flange, NEMA frame, IEC frame, custom motor frame, and more.  There are no minimum order quantities for custom products and lead times average only one week longer than for comparable catalog models. 

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