When it comes to oilfield clutches and brakes there are many manufacturers to choose from. The oilfield is a tough environment and the equipment that is employed must be durable, reliable and made-to-last. There are many different models and styles of oilfield clutch and the one that is right for you depends on the project. Every oil rig is operated differently, according to the procedures and culture of that particular company. Some oil rig outfits have a certain clutch manufacturer and supplier that they have used for decades. Others are open to trying to newest in oilfield clutch technology. Two of the industrys best oilfield clutch and brake manufacturers are Twin Disc and Dy-A-Flex.
Twin Disc clutches are an oil and gas industry favorite. There are many styles and version of Twin Disc products. One of the most popular Twin Disc oilfield clutch products is the Twin Disc PO Style Air Clutch. Twin Disc PO Style Air Clutches are designed to give the user maximum dependability at the lowest possible installation and operating costs. They are used extensively by leading manufacturers of drilling rigs, draw works, rock crushers, tractor winches, pipe-extruding machines, machine tools, pug mills, as well as a number of other industrial equipment/applications. PO Air Clutches are available in triple-plate, double-plate and single-plate construction and are available in sizes up to 1067mm (42 in). Twin Disc PO Style Air Clutches come in medium and large sizes.
National Style Dy-A-Flex clutches are very popular in the oil and gas industry. Dy-A-Flex products can be used for a myriad of applications. National Oilwell Dy-A-Flex Style Air Clutches are commonly found operating on National Draw works in the oil well drilling industry. It operates in principal like the VC style clutch from Eaton Airflex, in that it was designed for heavy-duty applications and has an open construction, which allow for high heat dissipation. Its ability to handle heavy loads, while withstanding repeated engagement and disengagements has made it a dependable performer. Instead of utilizing an independent enclosed air actuating tube like the VC, the Dy-A-Flex unit uses an enclosed diaphragm for clutch actuation. Every single component of the Dy-A-Flex unit is replaceable, meaning it can be rebuilt. Dy-A-Flex air clutches are available in six (6) sizes, with a variety of side plate configurations.
There are so many distributors of oilfield clutches and brakes that it can be hard to know what to look for and who to choose. When looking for a distributor, browse their website to see what sort of products they carry and at what prices. Then give them a call. You can tell a lot about a business by how you are treated on the phone. Make sure that the sales representatives are knowledgeable about their parts and inventory dont be afraid to ask them the questions you need answered! You should also check into what services the parts distributor provides. Many distributors provide full machine shop services to help service and repair your oilfield equipment.