When space minimization is vital, mechanical brake and clutch assemblies are essential in power transmission. The mechanical clutch and brake assemblies comprise a mechanical brake for slowing or stopping spinning machinery and a mechanical clutch for transferring power from the power source to the assembly. Most mechanical brakes and clutches use mechanical actuators to engage and release clutches and brakes.
Production machinery like conveyors, bottle capping machines, box makers, fill and sealers, and textile processing equipment all employ mechanical brake and clutch components. They are also present in off-road and transit vehicles. A mechanical brake and clutch combination is ideal for any application that regularly disengages and engages gears, pulleys, belts, chains, and other rotating components.
As usual, brake parts and clutches are prone to wear and tear over time. Therefore you should be able to dismantle and assemble a brake and clutch if the system is causing a problem in your machinery. The system is not too difficult to disassemble. We’ll go over everything quickly:
How to dismantle
- Empty your engine and transmission fluids.
- Take everything out of the way that the machinery is holding your engine in.
- Remove the transmission and engine.
- You can now remove the transmission from the clutch by removing the nuts that keep it attached to the engine. You may need a little effort for some transmissions.
- You must first remove the pressure plate on its exposed surface to disassemble the clutch. After locking the engine, remove all the bolts on the pressure plate’s edge.
- Pull the pressure plate from the flywheel; because pressure plates typically have pins inside of them, you might need a little force to get it off. The clutch disk should slip out after the pressure plate is removed.
- And there you have it; your clutch ought to be completely dismantled at this point. From this point on, you might want to remove the flywheel and get it smoothed down. It could be necessary to replace the pressure plate if it is damaged. Ensure you use genuine Kor Pak parts for replacement.
Disassembly and assembly are simply the opposite of each other. However, you may wish to keep a clutch alignment tool nearby, and assembly requires more meticulousness. Thankfully a clutch alignment tool is quite simple to use, frequently constructed of plastic, and reasonably priced.
This tool centers the disk by using the pilot bearing at the flywheel’s center as a reference point. The clutch cover is then positioned over the disk, and any necessary bolts or nuts are tightened to a precise fit. To tighten all of the bolts, crank them each one-half turn with a wrench while rotating the cover repeatedly. Utilizing a torque wrench, tighten each bolt and nut to the required torque.
For a thorough diagram of your machine’s engine, brake, and clutch, consult the owner’s manual. Additionally, this handbook should include instructions for changing your clutch specific to the machine. Seek an expert if you are not completely satisfied with how the replacement makes your machinery feel during operation.