Mechanical Clutches

Mechanical Cam Clutches use a cam or wedging element to lock the inner and outer races of the clutch, allowing torque to be transmitted in only one direction. Cam clutches allow for higher overrunning speeds, greater torque capacities, and longer service life.

Torque overload devices are designed to protect machinery when an overload or jam occurs. Utilizing a torque overload device can help increase production, reduce downtime and prevent costly repairs.

Cam clutches are precision devices that lock the inner and outer races through the wedging action of cams to transmit torque in one direction of rotation while overrunning in the opposite direction of rotation. These units are often referred to as freewheels, sprag, overrunning, backstop or one-way clutches, depending upon their application.

Clutches are available with a bore range up through 17.7” and a torque range up through 720,000 lb. ft. and are the most complete and versatile cam clutches available for a variety of applications – from small business machines to giant steel slitters.

Ten series of clutches perform three basic modes of operation:

  • Overrunning
  • Indexing
  • Backstopping

These units have set standards of performance, offering:

  • Higher overrunning speeds
  • Greater torque capacities
  • Longer service life

Regal Power Transmission Solutions offers seven types of Torque overload devices to help you protect equipment and machinery so you can:

  • Reduce the cost and hassle of overload related damages
  • Increase production by reducing downtime
  • Dial in trip torque precision to help reduce nuisance trips

Regal offers eight different types of torque overload devices available in shear pin, ball detent and friction facing designs. These units are available with up to 1800 rpm, 21,500 ft/lbs of torque and at best, can maintain trip torque within ±3% accuracy to meet the needs of the most demanding applications. 

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