Category Archive: Automation

Tornado Season Is Here: Be Prepared For Cleanup Operations With BLM Automatic Clutches In Your Chippers And Equipment

The official 2016 “Tornado Season” has arrived in the U.S., with tornadoes already striking the East Coast and southern states in the late winter and early days of March. More tornadoes and “clusters” of tornadoes are predicted for the spring months. One recent report (Tornado Clusters Becoming More Deadly and More Common), says, “U.S. tornadoes are becoming more likely to strike in clusters. A NOAA study, published in October 2014 in the journal Science, showed a rise in the number of days with multiple reported tornadoes. Another study, published in July 2014 in the journal Climate Dynamics, found a similar clustering of tornadoes.” According to another weather resource,, a website dedicated to providing “the information people seek on tornadoes in the United States,” the U.S. can expect the tornado count to be “near normal this spring,” with 511 tornadoes being the average number of tornadoes occurring this time of year each year from 1991-2010.  

The expected occurrence of hundreds of tornadoes and more clusters of tornadoes means there will be lots of cleanups ahead. Fallen tree branches and scattered dirt and debris tossed by the tornadoes and other major storms this spring will require chippers, saws and other equipment to handle cleanup tasks. BLM Automatic Four Block Series clutches are commonly used in chippers used by municipal, utility and construction workers across the U.S.

We like to think our clutches help make everyone’s job a little easier, especially after a tornado or storm. BLM Automatic clutches do help make the cleanup of fallen trees and branches more efficient and easier to manage for the people involved in what can be a very stressful time. You don’t want to worry about a chipper starting or equipment being overloaded when you’re dealing with a tornado’s or a storm’s aftermath. Whatever the post-tornado or post-storm procedures might be, BLM Automatic clutches play an integral role in getting the cleanup and repairs done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Whatever the application, if it requires starting assistance and/or overload protection, our clutches can help do the job. BLM Automatic customizes the clutches we manufacture based on our customers’ needs and the specific applications. But, we produce two standard designs: BLM Automatic Four Block Series clutches with ¼-50HP, and Six Block Series clutches with up to 3,000HP. As we previously mentioned, the Four Block Series clutches are commonly used in chippers, and they’re also used in tampers, concrete pumps, mortar mixers and conveyors, and in many other applications. Six Block Series clutches are used in large and varied industrial and commercial applications.

But, getting back to talking about tornadoes and the spring cleanup season, we hope the predictions are wrong and this year proves to be a quieter year for tornado occurrences. Either way, please stay safe, and rest assured knowing that you’re prepared for cleanup operations with BLM Automatic clutches in your chippers and cleanup equipment.

BLM Automatic Clutches Used Around The World

The seasons might be changing, but that doesn’t mean the vacations and traveling stop. In fact, according to AAA 98.6 million Americans travel during the holiday season.

So what does that mean for BLM Automotic Clutch? Well, the fact of the matter is, we help your travels become easier by providing the clutches for the conveyor belts used for your luggage.

Once you hand off your suitcase to an attendant, they ticket it and send it on a conveyor belt meant to get your luggage onto the correct flight in ample time. After you land you also wish to receive your bags by a hassle free conveyor belt system. With BLM clutches on the conveyor belts, they is sure to run quickly and smoothly as expected.

Not only can you find BLM Automatic clutches in airports around the world but also on all types of conveyor belt systems including the mining industry, agricultural, and food and beverage sectors. With BLM Automatic clutches conveyors result in minimum stop and slip problems.

BLM Automatic Clutch is certain that whatever your application our clutches will perform to the highest standards. Our Four Block Series clutch is the perfect solution to your clutch needs. For more information about our clutches please visit our website.

Harnessing the Power of New Technology

American manufacturing industry continues to see an incredible comeback. Unfortunately, there continues to be a skilled labor shortage.

Back in 2013, it was reported that up to 600,000 manufacturing jobs were unfilled, and according to Forbes Business, “the skills gap is likely to become more acute.” These predictions proved correct.

Of course one way to combat this is through encouraging STEM education and careers, and promoting manufacturing as a career path for young Americans.

Another way of addressing the issue is by investing in better technology and innovation—processes and tools that move from manpower to machine power, meeting capacity and output demands through better equipment.

At BLM, we have certainly noticed that it’s been increasingly difficult to find qualified people to hire. As a result, we’ve responded accordingly and have invested in two new CNC machines. These state-of-the-art machines by DMC America feature the latest technology and work with the most advanced software to achieve more capacity and accuracy in a shorter period.

These new CNC machines can allow us to meet all of our clients’ needs while putting our manpower in other areas. Our employees can better focus on their individual tasks while our CNC machines can quickly and efficiently get quality work done. In this way, everyone benefits.

At BLM Automatic Clutch, we are committed to providing our customers with the very best quality clutches in the fastest, most economical way possible. By investing in new technology, we are continuing this commitment and ensuring our reputation for success is never compromised.