Clutch Facings

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The incorporation of clutch facings allows for smoother and more consistent clutch engagement and disengagement which results in a smoother ride and has the potential to reduce output costs per mile. Read More…

Clutch Facings Clutch facings are used in engines and mechanical systems to reduce the amount of noise caused by the operation of clutches. Clutches are engine components that allow the operator to switch gears by engaging or disengaging a drive shaft in the engine.

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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Clutch facings can be manufactured from a range of materials depending on application and some of the most common are asbestos, woven fibers such as Kevlar or aramid and ceramic materials. As with disc brake pads and other clutch materials, the materials used in clutch facings need to be durable. The process of engaging and disengaging drive shafts involves the transfer of kinetic energy into heat energy; therefore clutch facings need to be able to endure the tension of the process as well as the high temperatures which will be reached. Clutch facings are used in marine engines, heavy duty truck and lightweight vehicle engines as well as power presses, friction blocks and a number of industrial applications. The smooth and stable performance of many engines can be attributed to the existence of a quality clutch facing.

There are a number of reasons for the use of clutch facings. A major benefit to using a lining or facing is that it prevents metal-to-metal contact within the clutch set, resulting in less wear and tear on the clutch components. Clutch facings tend to have mid-level coefficients of friction, and are responsible for removing most of the clutch vibrations from the engine. If there was no clutch facing, the metal parts would wear out a lot faster, and the noise and vibrations from the clutch would be higher. They also aid in allowing engines to achieve high speeds without damaging the components.

When the clutch is engaged, power can be transferred to the transmission and drive-wheels from the engine. The clutch facings ensures the gears do not grind against each other during this process, and provide elasticity and support. The facings will inevitably wear down as a result of the pressure and often extreme conditions within the engine, especially if consistently run at high speeds. Clutch linings therefore need to be periodically checked and replaced if necessary to ensure that protective elements are still in tact and that optimum performance is being achieved.

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