EMERGING CLUTCH TECHNOLOGY
Clutch Industries is launching an innovative new system to market, replacing thousands of clutch kits
The rise of Electric Vehicles (EVs) will decrease demand for most common vehicle parts, outside of a handful of categories.
The effect of this has not been felt in the Australian market but with major manufacturers phasing out production of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles in 2030 it is only a matter of time before the effect is seen in the industry.
Mantic Engineering (the R&D division of Clutch Industries) has a future thinking philosophy and has therefore been proactively approaching the challenge of how to ensure workshops have immediate access to the parts they need in a complex and significant category (clutch) when demand will be declining with increased adoption of EVs.
In 2018 a dedicated engineering team at Mantic embarked on a project to decrease clutch SKU complexity (ie. increase carparc coverage with less parts) and reduce installation time for mechanics whilst also looking to enhance performance and quality compared with typical OEM clutches.
What they created is a clutch system. Clutch Industries says this system replaces thousands of different clutch kits with less than 20 products.
The system is called, UniClutch.
Clutch Industries explains that the new system works by taking the fitment complexity out of the clutch and consolidating the mechanical interfaces into what it calls a fitment kit, which contains patented multi fit flywheel mount and patented interchangeable splines.
This system allows the sealed pre-assembled clutch to be adapted to various makes and models where traditionally a new clutch kit would be required.
Another key piece of patented technology new to UniClutch is Mantic’s Radial Dampening Centre (RDC), found in the UniClutch disc.
Clutch Industries says this technology is the pinnacle of noise and harmonics reduction inside a clutch disc and performs comparable to that of a dual mass flywheel.
Lastly, UniClutch is designed to handle prodigious torque in a compact modular package which fits into the bellhousing of most vehicles from a Toyota Corolla to a Nissan Patrol.
This is achieved by leveraging Mantic Engineering’s 60 years’ experience manufacturing multi-disc clutch systems in Australia.
With the development stage of the project now complete, in May 2022 Mantic Engineering will launch a pilot program for its innovative clutch system.
It will be fitting its new system to hundreds of different vehicles not only in Australia but around the world, to show off what it says is the most innovative solution ever developed.
For more information, visit www.clutchindustries.com.au