LuK Training Day at CEMAST College
2/8/17 / Training
CEMAST College was the latest to receive some top LuK training from the Schaeffler technical team.
CEMAST College was the latest to receive some top LuK training from the Schaeffler technical team. The technical trainers and lecturers benefited from a day of learning from the experts. During the training the team went through a variety of topics all the way from Dual Mass Flywheels to the quality behind Schaeffler products.
With modern cars being made more comfortable, more economic and lighter new challenges are being put towards the aftermarket industry to solve the issues that can be caused by these benefits to drivers. The Dual Mass Flywheel by LuK is at the heart of driving comfortably with it helping to reduce vibrations and noise that can be caused by driving at low engine speeds. More than 50 percent of all passenger cars come off the assembly line with a DMF already fitted. Since the invention of the DMF Schaeffler have produced over 100 million flywheels and has become the market leader. When replacing a DMF it is crucial to stay with the original equipment (OE).
Schaeffler (UK) is the leading clutch specialist in the UK, not only do they supply products but they also believe in the value added services. The clutch disc is the clutch’s central connection element. In combination with the clutch pressure plate, it both separates and links engine and powertrain. It also reduces the speed fluctuations in the gearbox caused by the combustion motor.
LuK has a wide variety of repair solutions for all your clutch needs. Take the double clutch this can be seen as a challenge not just for garages professionals but anyone trying to fit one. However, simplicity has come back in the form of the LuK RepSet 2CT, this comes with a double clutch and every component needed for replacement. So how does a double clutch function anyway? Its working principle is complicated, but easy to describe. It consists of two clutches mounted on two drive shafts, placed inside the transmission housing. Each of these sub-transmissions is designed to function like a manual transmission and each has its own clutch. During driving, gear shifts are automatically controlled. One of the two clutches shifts the odd-numbered gears, while the other engages and disengages the even-numbered gears and reverse. During a gear change, one of the clutches opens and the other closes at the same moment. The system is designed so that both clutches are open during idle mode. Gear change is triggered electronically and implemented by hydraulic or electromagnetic actuators. Because this occurs in a split second, gear change has almost no traction interruption at all.
One of the main aspects for the LuK release system range is the Concentric Slave Cylinder (CSC). Many vehicles are now fitted with a CSC as opposed to the conventional release fork and bearing. The method of operation of the clutch is by cable or hydraulic actuation of a release fork, this disengages the clutch via a release bearing. CSC release bearings enable a lighter clutch pedal effort with better take-up, allowing vehicle manufacturers to dispense of the release fork, guide and bearing. The CSC is mounted inside the gearbox bell-housing. When a clutch is replaced it is essential that the CSC is replaced at the same time. After many clutch actuations the rubber seals become worn and the operating position with the chamber of the CSC changes meaning the worn internal components are no longer aligned. The CSC must not be compressed prior to fitting as this will damage the rubbed seals as they are not fully lubricated.
Last year Schaeffler received a total of 43 quality awards presented by its customers. All of these awards are even more impressive given the large number of products supplied by the company every year. In 75 plants around the world, Schaeffler produces around 60,000 automotive and 90,000 industrial products in large volumes. In 2016, the company sold more than 7.1 billion products.
At the same time, the complexity of Schaeffler products has been increasing – from bearings to mechatronic systems such as the active roll control system. This requires better and better quality management. “In spite of increasing customer requirements for product safety and the ever growing complexity of its products, Schaeffler has not only dealt well with these quality challenges but done better than ever before”, explains Walter Süß, Senior Vice President Corporate Quality.
One of the keys to Schaeffler’s high and further improving quality is the continuous qualification and motivation of its employees. “We regard quality as a commitment that involves every single employee in their day-to-day work. Worldwide, we have a strict zero-defect goal in each plant, each department and each office”, says Walter Süß. Quality management is supported by internal programs such as “Fit for Quality” program. One of the features of this program is to reward departments and employees that work without any mistakes for more than four years. In addition, all Schaeffler plants around the world have all of the relevant ISO certifications and are audited on a regular basis.
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