FLUID POWER:Cotta Transmission Co. has added a trio of models to its line of heavy-duty pump drives for use in a wide range of extreme-duty applications. The Cotta X-treme Pump Drive series includes models available in two-, three- and four-pump configurations, input rated to 1500 HP and up to 900 HP per pad. The units can be driven in either direction - as power splitters or combiners.
Cotta’s heavy-duty X-treme Series Pump Drives find use for demanding duty in challenging conditions - including marine, rail, construction, dredging, drilling, hydraulic power, process equipment, oilfield and crane applications. SAE pump mounting pads are field-configurable using customer-specified pads and spline adapters.
Cotta X-treme Series Pump Drives may be provided with through drives or through shafts with optional disconnect. SAE bell housings can be specified for direct mount to engines. Units can be certified for ABS and DNV if required.
In addition to heavy-duty pump drives, Cotta manufactures standard, modified-standard, and custom industrial and specialty gearboxes including high-speed test-stand transmissions, speed increasers/reducers, transfer cases, split-shaft power takeoffs, and reversing, creep and right-angle drives.
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