Altra Experience, Engineering, & Customer Support Capabilities

Altra Capabilities

Altra Capabilities

Altra Industrial Motion is at the forefront of the leading power transmission technology providers for tidal turbine applications

Altra Industrial Motion, as a leading multinational designer and producer of advanced electromechanical power transmission components, has the technology and engineering capability to provide bespoke, state-of-the-art drive and braking solutions for all configurations of tidal turbine. Altra’s demonstrated expertise in the wind power industry and other energy sectors perfectly positions its multiple brands to meet the challenges of this demanding marketplace, regardless of the design direction this nascent industry may take.

Worldwide Customer Support

Altra engineering teams, manufacturing facilities and commercial offices are strategically located around the world to provide exceptional customer service, engineering and product support. Many of our leading brands have a design and engineering presence in the United Kingdom and are ideally positioned to support this global center of development for many of the early tidal turbine initiatives.

Advanced Testing and Research

Altra group companies have the capability to rapidly produce prototype units for test and evaluation by customers or by using our own computer-controlled testing equipment to simulate the operating conditions of a specific client-defined application. In combination with electronic data acquisition, we can accelerate the design, testing and verification processes in order to meet the demands of shortened product development cycles.

Extensive Application Experience

Major Altra brands working closely with the developing global tidal energy industry include Wichita Clutch, Twiflex Limited, Bibby Turboflex and Ameridrives Couplings. Many product development projects undertaken by these leading Altra companies have provided superior design solutions to leading technology developers. Several tidal turbine brake packages have been tendered to companies developing full-scale, pre-commercial demonstrators and include a number installed at the EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre) test facility, located in Scotland, UK.

Wichita Clutch and Twiflex Limited supply a comprehensive range of clutches and brakes for the marine industry that have been proven in anchor handling, cable-laying, mooring winch, hoist, crane, dredge-pumps and main propulsion drive applications. Their rugged construction is known to provide dependable performance and extended service life in tough marine conditions.

World-class Engineering

Our dedicated teams of market-focused engineering and manufacturing staff provide innovative solutions to the technical and commercial challenges faced daily by tidal technology developers. We utilize a flexible approach to problem solving such challenges, enabling our teams to provide application and technical support from concept to completion. Many of the power transmission products in our comprehensive range can be customized to meet specific and unique requirements of individual turbine designs.

State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Technology

Altra’s ISO Certified manufacturing facilities feature the latest technology including precision machining centers.

Our highly skilled manufacturing teams utilize the ‘Altra Business System’ to ensure that they are focused and aligned around key improvement priorities. ABS tools (e.g., continuous flow, standardized work and kanban) provide the means by which we achieve the improvements as we engage our entire workforce (via Total Associate Involvement) to actively and aggressively drive us towards world-class performance.