Steel & Metal Forming Markets

Low inertia clutches and brakes are a perfect match for the Steel/Metal Forming industries. The WPT family of products brings performance, reliability, and precision to any equipment.

The WPT Low Inertia product line is specially designed for presses, shears, high cycle machines, tension control, fail-safe, high heat applications, and coil processors. They also directly replace Wichita models. The unique ventilation design in the WPT design allows cool air into the unit to help dissipate the heat during start-ups and stops. Further improvements were made to reduce the quantity and mass of the rotating parts, increasing machine efficiency.

The rigid moulded friction materials used in the low inertia line provide uniform torque production and wear rates. Once installed on a machine, the Low Inertia clutch or brake will operate very consistently, which is a key component in cyclic applications. This consistency allows for regular preventative maintenance programmes to be established and reduces the frequency of forced shutdowns due to clutch or brake repair. The maintenance and rebuilds are quick and easy thanks to the conveniently located wear shims and unique multi-plate design of the Low Inertia line.

The WPT Low Inertia clutches and brakes utilise a proprietary air tube actuator to engage or disengage the clutch or brake. The WPT Quick Release Valves are maintenance-free and allow air to exhaust from the tube as quickly as possible.

For the extreme high-heat applications, such as coil processors and high cycle press/shear lines, the best options may be a Steel Water Cooled Brake. This uses a unique centre plate design that features an internal water passage. When plumbed to an external pumping/cooling system, the Steel WCB can quickly transfer the heat out of the brake. This ability to transfer heat allows the brake to be used in continuous slip applications as well as high cycle per minute machines.

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