Marine Propulsion

VULKAN Couplings is a division of the globally active VULKAN Group. For 125 years we have been developing, producing and marketing innovative system solutions for marine propulsion ...more


Industrial Drive Solutions

Industrial drive solutions of VULKAN Drive Tech have been setting standards in terms of performance and reliability in the harshest conditions. The horizontal integration of the ...more


Refrigeration and A/C

For more than 35 years now, VULKAN Lokring‘s success has been founded on worldwide patented, unique connecting elements for refrigerant lines. Originally developed for the absolute ...more



New Product: TDS PLAFRIX

presents a combination of clutch and highly flexible coupling, specially designed for use in (harbour) tugs. With this innovating product, the Herne company especially known for manufacturing highly ...more

New TDS Plafrix shifting clutch combination for hybrid tugs


VULKAN Couplings presents a combination of clutch and highly flexible coupling, specially designed for use in (harbour) tugs. With this innovating product, the Herne company especially known for manufacturing highly flexible couplings, is moving forward along the path from a mere supplier of high quality components into a provider of complete solutions.

To develop and market the new TDS Plafrix clutch, VULKAN Couplings and DESCH Antriebstechnik, Arnsberg, have entered into close cooperation. DESCH Antriebstechnik GmbH & Co. KG is a worldwide active manufacturer of innovative products for drivelines for the complete machine building industry.

Both companies have brought their system competence into the development of the TDS Plafrix. TDS stands for Tug Drive Solution and Plafrix is the well-known market name of the DESCH Planox® clutch, which has been already successfully marketed by VULKAN Couplings​.

hybrid-coupling-TDS-Plafrix.pngThe background for the development of the TDS Plafrix includes the increasingly strict laws and regulations for watercraft operation in coastal waters, together with the increasing number of Emission Control Areas (ECA), which make alternative drive concepts necessary. Emission Control Areas (ECAs) are special navigation areas established by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Specific environmental guidelines apply to these zones, e.g. regarding emissions, so that special restrictions on sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide and soot particle emissions exist in these areas. Tugs are particularly affected by this as, by their very nature, they perform their work almost constantly close to the coast, and thus in ECAs located in many parts of the world. In addition to this challenging field of application, tugs usually share a certain load profile, so that the market regards hybrid drives in particular as a future-proof solution for this application. Moreover, in the version currently favoured by influential engine manufacturers and designers, an electric motor between diesel and gearbox is switched onto the drive shaft. The TDS Plafrix clutch combination, designed and optimised exactly for this application, and made ready for serial production, represents a cost-effective and weight-optimised solution. 

In addition to mounts for the engine required flexible mounting, displacement couplings tailored to this solution and able to release the electric motor both from resulting reaction forces and vibrations possibly transmitted through the housing, are available in VULKAN Couplings portfolio.

In-depth knowledge of the drive system individual components interaction, suitable products for drive system tuning from a single source, and the choice of the right partner, are the base to equip such systems successfully. A major step on the path from a component supplier into a competent system partner in the shipping industry.


 

Caterpillar Award Gold for American VULKAN

The US American subsidiary of the VULKAN Group again honored with the Gold status of the Supplier Quality Excellence Process Award. This is the most prestigious award given by Caterpillar, the leading ...more

​Caterpillar again honors American VULKAN Corporation

 

SQEPA_VULKAN.jpg The US American subsidiary of the VULKAN Group again honored with the Gold status of the Supplier Quality Excellence Process Award. This is the most prestigious award given by Caterpillar, the leading manufacturer of construction and mining machinery, diesel and natural gas engines, as well as diesel-electric locomotives.

And the award only goes to its most important suppliers specifically those that have process and product quality which meet the very highest standards. For the second time in a row American VULKAN Corporation is the only supplier of couplings to have received this award.​

During the course of vendor certification quality, delivery performance, development and sales service, capacity planning, as well as the status of the Six-Sigma quality management system, were scrutinised and evaluated in accordance with a certification plan comprising stringent specifications. Besides that, the SQEP method evaluates how processes and quality are controlled and documented as well as the management review programme, the instruction and training system and the environment and health programme.

Deliveries from the USA to Caterpillar cover the entire product range of VULKAN Couplings and VULKAN Drive Tech.

"We are very proud that we have been awarded by Caterpillar again. It's a great confirmation of our outstanding quality management and motivates us to develop steadily in order to continue to meet the growing demands of our customers" , says Thomas Falz, Managing Director of American VULKAN Corporation.

 

 

Connect Aluminium with LOKRING

More and more installers change from copper tube to aluminium tube due to the new aluminium LOKRING® connectors. The new VULKAN Lokring product video shows you why.Wessex Environmental Services Ltd ...more

​Aluminium LOKRING - connectors in use and on the screen

More and more installers change from copper tube to aluminium tube due to the new aluminium LOKRING® connectors. The new VULKAN Lokring product video shows you why.

Wessex Environmental Services Ltd from the UK is one of many air conditioning installation companies which are switching from copper tube to aluminium tube. One of their latest installations was done in Sherburne House School in Chandlers Ford on a Daikin Split Air- Conditioning R410A system.

“The reason why we decided to use aluminium tube was not only the cost saving aspect but also the weight saving and malleability which makes working with aluminium tube so much easier“, says lead engineer James Lee of Wessex
Environmental Services Ltd.Due to the advantages of the LOKRING® technology compared to Aluminium brazing the installation was a lot quicker, especially in difficult to access areas were working with a naked flame can be a real issue. Now, you can learn everything about the aluminium LOKRING® connectors by watching the new VULKAN Lokring product video. 

VULKAN India sets up a new manufacturing facility

​The new plant was formally inaugurated on 17th March 2015 by Mr. Sebastian Hackforth, Managing Partner Hackforth Holding GmbH & Co. KG., in presence of Mr. Markus Wieneke, President Hackforth Holding ...more

​VULKAN Technologies Pvt. Ltd. sets up a new manufacturing facility in Pune, India

(March 2015) VULKAN Technologies Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hackforth Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Germany has set up a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Pirangut near Pune, India.​

 

 


 

​The new plant was formally inaugurated on 17th March 2015 by Mr. Sebastian Hackforth, Managing Partner Hackforth Holding GmbH & Co. KG., in presence of Mr. Markus Wieneke, President Hackforth Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Dr. Andreas Boehme, President VULKAN Kupplungs- und Getriebebau Bernhard Hackforth GmbH & Co. KG and Mr. Rajesh Nath, Managing Director German Engineering Federation (VDMA).

The new plant has come up on a 5 acre plot with constructed premises of about 80000 square feet, that houses Company’s relocated Corporate Office, Production Facility of Division VULKAN Lokring with increased production capacity, ultramodern Machine Shop for the machining of Coupling parts & Castings and a Rubber Vulcanisation Unit for the division VULKAN Couplings.

The plant is equipped with high-tech machineries, such as Oil & Chip Conveying System, Fume Condensation System and CNC centers in Machine Shop. In an endeavor to create a safe, healthy & clean working environment, various utilities have been installed as for example a fire detection & alarm system, a centralized air conditioning and ergonomically designed workplaces.​

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Sebastian Hackforth congratulated the Indian team for this big milestone and expressed his confidence about the future success of VULKAN in India. He also acknowledged the support of all the business associates for the growth of the Company.