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When marine winch manufacturer Broehl Maschinenfabrik needed a fast delivery of water-cooled brakes and clutches for an anchor-handling winch project on an offshore oil and gas rig they called UK clutch and brake specialists Industrial Clutch Parts.

 Tension control of the anchor cables is critical to rig stability in
the swell of the ocean, with dependable brakes and clutches
key to winch performance in a typically harsh environment.

After discussions with Broehl, Industrial Clutch Parts pledged to deliver a batch of 24in WPT Power water-cooled clutches (WCC)
within a very small delivery window in the rig build programme.

Since the first batch of storage winches were located in the bottom structure of the rig, they needed to be installed at the start of the construction programme before the decks above were permanently welded closed.

Penalties for late delivery in this industry are severe and Broehl stressed the need for a guaranteed delivery schedule for the
clutches, which Industrial Clutch Parts committed to.

Liaising with Broehl engineers, Industrial Clutch Parts configured
the clutch design for optimum output torque and slipping performance to deliver the necessary tension control in the
anchor winch cables during payout and retraction functions.

 

 The anchor-handling winch is designed with a WPT Power 24in
water-cooled clutch, to provide variable torque and high heat dissipation
capacity in constant slipping applications. The clutch is fully protected
against saltwater corrosion and is airtube actuated for sensitive torque
control.

Broehl supplied the cooling water and control system to maximise
the clutches’ efficiency.

In the second part of the contract, and also under penalty for late
delivery, Industrial Clutch Parts supplied a batch of WPT Power
36in water-cooled brakes (WCB) for the anchor cable traction winches.
The traction winches are fitted with WPT 36in Water Cooled Brakes that
enable the operator to safely pay out a very heavy wire rope anchor
cable, often hundreds of meters long, via a tug boat and brake control system. This ensures a secure handling of the rope between the winch and tugboat which otherwise, through any slackness, could run uncontrolled to the seabed.

ICP’s range of water-cooled brakes is suitable for marine and other exacting environmental applications where changeable harsh conditions can severely affect performance and reliability.

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Water Cooled Clutch for Anchor Handling Winch

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Water Cooled Clutch for Anchor Handling Winch

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Water Cooled Clutch for Anchor Handling Winch

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Water Cooled Clutch for Anchor Handling Winch