Twin Disc pioneered the slipping clutch concept more than 30 years ago and today offers a full line of timetested, field-proven Marine Control Drives (MCDs).
The new series of MCDs offers distinct operating advantages for any vessel requiring highly accurate positioning or extreme slow-speed maneuverability while splitting main engine power to operate high-powered FiFi pumps.
Extraordinarily modulated power achieves propeller speeds below engine idling speed
Unique design and manufacture allow for intentional clutch slipping to regulate propulsion speed
LD (Low Dissipation) slips up to engine idle speed for maneuvering and DP operation*
HD (High Dissipation) slips up to rated engine speed with the capability to dissipate all heat generated by that when power dividing*
Optional high-power PTO to drive auxiliary equipment
Used in conjunction with azimuth thruster systems
Best alternative to controllable pitch propellers (CPP)
Smooth, gradual propeller speed change resulting in improved maneuverability
Safer and easier vessel control during slow speed maneuvering and docking
Adjustment of propeller speeds below engine speed rating
Divides the power from the main propulsion engine to eliminate the need for auxiliary engines
Delivers an instant response when required
Bearing calculated for high universal joint angles at maximum power
Dynamic positioning (DP) capable
Emergency “come home” device per classification requirements
Easy, in-engine room maintenance; no need for diver assistance or to dry-dock the vessel
* Slip at any engine speed can be done based upon specific application criteria. Twin Disc’s expert application team will help customize your MCD selection to any desired operator requirement.