New cam clutches are 'smooth operators'

'The extended range of standard Tsubaki cam clutches is now available from stock, plus a custom design service'

Tsubaki has extended its range of cam clutches, and is now holding extensive stocks of European standard units in its European headquarters based in Holland and in the UK, offering customers the best possible solutions to the broadest spread of applications, with fast turnaround times on orders.


The range has been developed to meet the one way clutch requirements of a huge variety of applications - anything from production of corrugated paper where an overrunning clutch is essential to prevent the glue rollers from drying up to inclined bucket elevators used in such diverse industries as food or cement where reverse rotation of drive shafts may cause damage to machinery or other equipment.

Tsubaki cam clutches meet torque requirements right up to 686,000Nm, providing essential functionality and safety for any application, and particularly to critical and costly machinery. All standard models in the range are available ex-stock, and there is also an extensive range of more specialist clutches tailored to specific application requirements.

The Tsubaki range includes models for light, medium and heavy duty, in overrunning, indexing and backstop applications. From low to high speed with product specific features such as keyways, special lip seals for the effective protection against dust, oil or grease filled for low maintenance and additional components such as flanges, torque arms and covers.

The European standard range extends to eight variants with differing characteristics.

Type - Series - Features

  • European Standard - BB - Bearing with Cam Cage for Light Duty Applications
  • European Standard - TSS / TFS - Non bearing supported, press fit installation for Light Duty
  • European Standard - MZEU-K - High Torque, Medium Speed Back Stop and Overrunning Clutch
  • European Standard - BREU-K - High Speed Bearing Supported, Overrunning Clutch
  • European Standard - BSEU - Back Stop Designed for Medium Duty Applications
  • European Standard - BR - High Speed Clutch for Internal Use (such as gearboxes)
  • European Standard - MDEU - General Clutch for Light to Medium Duty

In addition, Tsubaki also recognises that applications with demanding size, weight and performance characteristics can require a far more tailored approach. In such instances if one of the American or Japanese standard Tsubaki cam clutches is not suitable either then a custom solution can often by found, indeed, completely new designs can be developed for OEM applications.

This custom design and build service is also of great benefit in refitting or refurbishing aging equipment where the OE clutch itself is obsolete but where having to replace the entire drive train or re-engineer the package to accommodate a new standard clutch would not be economically viable.

– 2010 September 23