Altra Exhibits Braking Technologies at Tidal Summit
Twiflex Ltd. and Wichita Clutch are positioned to meet the challenges of the growing tidal turbine industry.
Altra Industrial Motion brands Wichita Clutch and Twiflex Ltd. will be exhibiting their state-of-the-art braking technologies at this year’s International Tidal Energy Summit in London (November 28-29). Twiflex Ltd. will be featuring their line of spring-applied and direct-acting, pneumatic or hydraulic, caliper disc brakes which provide routine dynamic stopping, holding or emergency stopping functions. Models may be customized with a variety of features and finishes suitable for tidal turbine drive applications and packaged with discs and controls where required. Wichita Clutch will showcase their ‘Wet’ plate brakes which generate torque through shearing of the oil layer, with negligible lining wear, and are therefore ideal for the low maintenance requirements of sub-sea installations. Similar ‘dry’ units are also available, including water-cooled versions for high-energy stop applications. For the tidal energy industry, together these brands provide a single source for engineered solutions with a proven track record in supplying compact, robust, reliable, and low-maintenance products. With several brake packages installed in pre-commercial tidal turbine demonstrators including the EMEC test facility, leading Altra brands Twiflex Ltd. and Wichita Clutch, are well positioned to meet the power transmission challenges of the growing tidal turbine industry. Visitors will also be able to learn about other Altra products utilized on tidal turbines including shaft couplings and shaft locking devices, brake discs and hubs, torque limiting clutches and hydraulic power units.
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