Special Machines Case Studies: Clutch performance testing solutions

Client: Leading Global Clutch Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Aftermarker Suppliers
Machinery supplied: Clutch Perfomance Test Solutions
Overview: This equipment has been designed and manufactured in order to give the customer the ability to test the performance of clutch units. TQC developed this equipment alongside the client to allow them to supply quanlity controlled clutches into the automotive sector
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Key features of this clutch testing machine:

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  • Multiple tests and functions performed including -
    • Pressure plate clamp load - total force & evenness of force, 3 positions, 3 x 10kN load cells
    • Diaphragm spring force versus distance curve - peak & valley loads
    • Pressure plate lift & evenness of lift, 3 positions, 3 x 20mm linear potentiometers.
    • Pressure plate release load versus distance curve - bi-directional, 1 x 10kN load cell up to 50mm stroke
    • Hysteresis - load - distance
    • Losses due to cover distortion & incorrect components
    • Diaphragm spring finger end setting / bending
    • High & low diaphragm spring fingers
    • Actuation stroke, 1 x 75mm linear potentiometer
    • Simulated pressure plate wear
  • Configurable options including -
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    Clutch test system supplied by TQC
    • pneumatic, hydraulic & hydropneumatic clamping & actuation
    • Simulated cover bolt clamping
    • Variable actuation speeds (nominally 0.2m/sec)
    • Reverse acting clutch covers
    • Rivet presence detection
    • Interchangeable tooling - spacer rings, release bearings, location rings
    • Pass marking - centre pop, laser, dot matrix or ink jet
    • Serial numbering with attribution of test results
    • Calibration routines
    • Data management PC Exhaust connection system and silencer

TQC have produced a variety of bespoke test machines for automotive clutch covers for both OEM and aftermarket suppliers. The machines are manually loaded and unloaded with the option of manual or automatic clamping. The performance test is fully automatic with the operator protected by fixed guarding or a safety light guard. The machines are designed to perform a variety of tests to verify the performance characteristics of the clutch covers. The machine can accommodate a size range of clutch cover assemblies from 150mm to 350mm diameter

Clutch testing is just one area of equipment supplied by TQC for the automotive industry sector, TQC can also supply various test machine solutions to suit production requirements at customer sites.

To find out more about how we can help you with your clutch testing and automotive industry projects:

We build all machines in-house, applying our 25+ years experience in specialised test and automated handling machines to the engineering projects we undertake. We offer customer support, backup and service call-out for all projects, whatever the size.

Get in touch with us to discuss your requirements and we will be happy to offer our professional advice and visit you at your site.

TQC Ltd, Hooton Street, Carlton Road, Nottingham, NG3 2NJ, United Kingdom
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