AIR FLOW BEST PRACTICES FOR OPTIMUM CLUTCH & BRAKE PERFORMANCE

Another common and overlooked area on stamping presses: is the air supply and exhaust system for the clutch & brake system. In most cases the air supply and clutch brake units are up high and protected with guarding, reason for being overlooked.

As shown in the photo below, Supply tank on right feeds, In-Line oil lubricator to DSV clutch valve to rotary joint inlet to clutch. The tank has a low pressure monitor to prevent clutch wear. The culprit to unneeded brake lining wear can be a dirty exhaust muffler on the DSV valve. If you air system is full of moisture this will contaminate the muffler. When restricted air flow is present, this will cause brake lining wear and longer stopping times. SUGGESTION: DRAIN YOUR AIR TANKS EVERY WEEK AND BE SURE THE MUFFLER IS CLEAN.

See us at the upcoming FABTECH metal forming shows in Monterrey Mexico in May of 2015 and Chicago in November 2015.

Mark Sutherland

President of Sutherland Presses, 36 Years - Senior VP of KC Presses, 5 Years

We are the pioneer of Pacific Rim metal forming lines dating back to the late 1950'™s. We are specialist in Metal Forming, Stamping & Forging processing lines.

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