Clutch Design Capabilities

BLM has designed and manufactured both stock and custom centrifugal clutches since 1932. When manufacturing a custom centrifugal clutch for a client, we offer design capabilities such as prototype development and one off production. Throughout the design and manufacturing process, we establish and maintain open communication with our customers to ensure that their needs are met.

Centrifugal clutches are devices that use centrifugal force to transfer rotational power from an engine or motor to a load that needs acceleration. Due to the nature of the applications they support, centrifugal clutches often require extensive precision and specificity to securely connect to equipment and enable a safe transfer of energy. Using a combination of digital 3D part libraries, prototyping services, and state-of-the-art CNC machining techniques, BLM works closely with clients to design and manufacture custom centrifugal clutches that will ensure smooth, shock-free accelerations in their unique applications while protecting the power source and associated equipment from power overload. Our custom clutches support applications in a wide range of industries, including military and defense, mining, agriculture and forestry, chemical, public works, and more.

With 88 years of experience in designing and manufacturing centrifugal clutches, BLM works with clients to develop custom products for an array of applications. Whether you need a standard part with minor modifications or something highly customized for a specialized application, we have the resources and experience to help you identify and create a personalized solution that will meet your requirements and keep your system running smoothly and efficiently.

Prototype Development

Developing a prototype is one of the most critical steps in manufacturing a custom centrifugal clutch. Prototypes allow our customers to install and assess the clutch performance in their design and work out bugs before going into production. Prototypes benefit both the manufacturer and customer, giving both parties approximations on details such as how much material will be needed to fabricate the finished clutch and how the design facilitates operation within the pump or machinery in which it will be housed.

At BLM, we value working closely with our customers to provide prototype development with unique designs specific to their individual applications. These preliminary models allow you to test the performance of various materials and design features in a real-world setting so you can avoid expensive revisions and tooling changes down the road.

At BLM, we understand the importance of specificity when designing a centrifugal clutch that will eliminate power train shock loading, facilitate a smooth acceleration, and provide sufficient overload protection to the motor and machinery when needed. Our design and engineering team has extensive experience in clutch prototype creation for unique or highly specialized applications. We can work with you to turn your concepts into tangible models that can be tested and verified in your application, allowing you to evaluate the performance of several materials and make critical design adjustments before the actual production process begins.

BLM's Design Capabilities

One Off Production

One off production is a manufacturing process that results in a single, unique product tailored to the customer’s exact specifications. These one-of-a-kind products provide a solution to replacing obsolete parts no longer available from the OEM. One off permits for specialty design and emergency part manufacture.

Though slower, one off production is an incredibly specialized manufacturing process that yields high quality products with exceptional finishes and functionality when compared to other manufacturing methods. At BLM, we have decades of experience with one off production and have mastered the process by producing customized, single use products for one of a kind applications.  

BLM is equipped to produce one-off custom clutch configurations for a wide range of unique or problematic applications. Our comprehensive services allow us to offer the client a significant degree of flexibility during the design and manufacturing process so that their product can be customized with the exact needs of the application in mind. Our one-off clutches are fabricated with the same level of quality and attention to detail as those manufactured through larger-scale production methods.

Custom Centrifugal Clutches from BLM

Centrifugal clutches are integral machinery components that allow power equipment to be started safely and effectively. These devices are constructed in various sizes, materials, and design configurations to support specific types of assemblies. When developing a centrifugal clutch for an application, it is important to have access to high-quality design, prototyping, and manufacturing support to make sure the finished product will fit seamlessly into your operation.

At BLM, we understand the amount accuracy required in centrifugal clutches, especially when it comes to highly specialized or unique applications. Our design, manufacturing, and engineering team works closely with clients from many industries to provide custom centrifugal clutches that meet all of their specific requirements. From our digital model library to our prototyping and one-off production capabilities, we can help you find or create the optimal solution for your power transmission challenges.

With countless successful projects under our belt, BLM is a go-to provider of centrifugal clutches for industries such as military, chemical, and more. Our centrifugal clutch design capabilities ensure the final product suits your exact needs. For help designing and manufacturing centrifugal clutches for your application, contact us or request a quote today.