Australia has a well-deserved reputation for design engineering vision that changes the rules of the game and redefines global technological standards.
Brisbane based Thompson Coupling is one such Australian innovator. The products they have conceived, designed and manufactured sit at the global apex of mechanical shaft coupling technology.
Similarly, by use of imaginative technological solutions Thompson coupling has “re-invented” mature industry technology into a new industry proving that advanced value add product innovation is tantamount to the creation of new industries and every bit as exciting.
Exports are booming.
The Thompson constant velocity joint is an Australian product that brings together clarity of vision and practical design excellence to solve an acute engineering challenge. When joining two rotating shafts together it is operationally critical that the two shafts rotate at constant velocity and remain in alignment when subject to variations in torque transmission and/or mounting fluctuations.
Typically, in many mechanical pump/motor setups the shafts can often misalign by up to 2-3 degrees off centre and affect the loads on the power train bearings and other parts. If the shafts move out of alignment by 5° off centre due to degradation from normal wear and tear or application of heavier loads the joint and/or pump can seize or come apart often causing serious damage from thrashing.
It is exactly these mechanical challenges that the advanced engineering of Thompson Coupling provides a solution. The Thompson constant velocity joint is designed to work within a previously unheard of 15° or more off centre while still maintaining minimal friction rotation and being simultaneously load bearing. Such engineering advances make Thompson Coupling products truly revolutionary.
The applications for Thompson coupling technology are enormous. Vehicular drive shafts, process pumps, aircraft propellers and helicopter blades, marine propulsion, rail traction drives, heavy duty positioning and aligning equipment and more.
With such advanced technology it is no surprise that exports account for almost two thirds of all sales across the globe and exports are still growing. Export destinations include US, UK, Europe, India and the Asian region.
Australian company Thompson couplings has created a new era in mechanical drive shaft technology and is moving fast to become a global powerhouse in this market.
David Gray is lead consultant at Digital Information Partners suppliers of media, publicity & export documentation services in Australia and internationally. www.diginfo.com.au