Clutch Discs

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Clutch systems are used in a variety of industries such as agriculture, transit, automotive, construction and more. Read More…

Clutch Discs The clutch disc is a rounded plate used to connect the engine of a vehicle to the transmissions input shaft allowing the temporary separation needed to shift gears.

Leading Manufacturers

Cleveland, OH  |  800-626-6540

You only need to know one name for your friction material needs: Cook Bonding & Manufacturing. We have been working hard for over 3 decades and specialize in the manufacture of high quality friction materials, gear tooth facings, press blocks, crane brake shoes and hoist frictions. Most products are in stock; custom-made products are also available. Let our experience and expertise work for you.

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Cook Bonding & Manufacturing Co., Inc. $$$

Mount Kisco, NY  |  914-244-3600

ProTec Friction Group is a producer of friction components and forms. By combining our manufacturing expertise with our supply chain knowledge, we are able to bring friction solutions to our customers. Our broad stock selection includes a full line of organic and synthetic friction materials, clutch and break sets, clutch buttons and more. Specialized products are also available.

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ProTec Friction Group $$$

Eugene, OR  |  800-547-6180

At Champion Technologies, we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality brake and friction products in our industry since our founding in 1927. Products include clutch facings, brake blocks, and brake linings, all of which are made from premium raw materials. For more details about our products and services, contact us today and let us help you find the perfect product to suit your needs.

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Champion Technologies, Inc. $$$

Atmore, AL  |  251-368-7777

Alto Products designs and manufactures bonded friction materials plus friction and steel clutch plates. Our friction clutch plates are used for agricultural and heavy-duty applications. Over 60 years of business and over 2 billion clutches have made us the most complete line manufacturer of clutch plates throughout the world.

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Alto Products Corp. $$$

Elizabethtown, KY  |  270-234-5500

Akebono has over 75 years of experience innovating, designing & producing friction materials for leading OEMs, Tier I brake suppliers and the automotive aftermarket. Our products, such as our disc brake calipers & drum brakes, provide the most effective noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) reduction solutions available. With customers like Audi, Ford, GM, Honda and Toyota, it’s no wonder we’re #1.

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Akebono Brake Corporation $$$
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Hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic and electric clutches all utilize the clutch disc. Also known as a clutch plate, this device plays an integral role in shifting gears of a vehicle or piece of heavy machinery. Similar to brake blocks and pads, clutch discs incur a great deal of friction. For this reason, a stainless steel plate is commonly used for added durability. In order to maximize effectiveness, the plate is often coated with friction materials. While the use of asbestos is limited due to related health hazards, carbon-composites, semi-metallic and non-metallic substances are all used in the production of clutch discs.

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Ceramics, mineral fibers, cellulose, aramid fibers, chopped glass, steel and copper fibers are all employed in varying degrees to create composites suited to specific clutch systems. Heavy duty applications such as trucks and performance cars, for example, use ceramic clutch discs because of their increased coefficient of friction, heat resistance, durability and extreme strength. While general composites are known, manufacturers are often secretive of their specific friction material compositions in order to beat out competitors.

n general, the compression of a clutch pedal causes several springs connected to a pressure plate to compress as well. This compression pulls the plate, and connected clutch disc, away from the flywheel which is bolted to the engines crankshaft. The disconnection stops the rotation of the clutch disc which intern disconnects the central hub of the disc from the input shaft. The driver may then shift gears. After shifting, the pedal is released and the clutch disc reengages the flywheel. The clutch system works to ensure consistent clutch engagement and disengagement. This process, however, creates a great deal of friction on the clutch disc.

Friction can wear the coating of the disc resulting in its slipping against the flywheel causing the transmission to lose step. This loss of grip indicates that a replacement clutch disc is needed. Important considerations when selecting the proper disc include torque rating, power, rotational speed and maximum pressure allowances. Additionally, it is important to consider the type of clutch system in place. Hydraulic clutches for example, would be classified as a wet clutch while a mechanical clutch is dry. Wet clutches may utilize multiple clutch discs to improve friction despite the presence of fluids.

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