“Our work with this customer involved a hazardous environment for both the operator and the manufacturer. The key to our success was a customised version of a standard clutch unit.”

SG Transmission Energy

A leading manufacturer of motorised hose reels for on-the -road oil tankers delivering domestic fuel, required a clutch to release the main drive motor from the reel. The hose is pulled out to a householder’s central heating oil tank with the clutch disengaged. The tap at the end of the hose is then opened, and oil released to fill the tank. Once filled, the tap is switched off, and the clutch is then engaged to the drive motor to wind the hose in again. As the hose is now full of oil, it is much heavier, and so it has to be power wound back. A standard clutch customised by welding on a special sprocket answered the problem.