5 Things You Should Know About Industrial Brakes

Regular brakes and industrial brakes differ from one another. Here are a few things to know about industrial brakes and their maintenance.

1. There Are Different Types of Brakes

It is essential to have industrial brakes to manage heavy loads. Here are a few examples.

Spring Applied Brakes

Spring-applied brakes are meant to decelerate moving loads and keep other heavy loads still in case the release mechanism stops working. 

These brakes are especially useful for industrial machines and any type of industrial machine that needs an emergency stop.

Fail Safe Brakes

If there is an issue with power loss or something with the drive that goes out, the fail-safe brakes will help. This is especially useful for downhill systems or even conveyor belt systems. 

Hydraulic Release Brakes

This is another type of spring-applied brake that uses hydraulic power. This is useful for holding, stage productions, and emergency stops for industrial vehicles. 

2. How They Work

Even though there are several different types of industrial brakes on the market, most use signed disc designs that use a rotating disc. This disc completes movement that creates friction to stop a vehicle.

These brakes are highly reliable in high-stress situations and can last many hours. First, however, it is vital to ensure they are adequately maintained. 

3. Always Look to Improve Braking Performance

It is essential to pay attention to brake performance when you have industrial brakes. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Increase the disc radius to ensure there is more brake torque and the ability for the brakes to apply the proper pressure
  • Increase the caliper piston area or the size of the pistons to increase pressure on the brakes
  • Increase the line pressure with assisted vacuum parts on the brake or by pushing harder on the brakes
  • Increase the friction between the brake pads and rotors on all wheels 

4. Reduce Brake Fade

You should also reduce brake fade to keep your industrial brakes safe. A few ways to do this are:

  • Adding larger rotors to the vehicle
  • Add vented rotors or a way of venting for your rotors
  • Add slotted and drilled rotors
  • Be sure to look at your brake pad selection properly 

5. Always Choose the Right Company to Help You

To be sure that you are choosing the right company, you want to ensure you are looking for the following. This should always be a part of what you look for in an industrial brake company:

  • Customer service
  • High-quality components
  • Industry experience 

Industrial Braking

Now that you know what to look for with industrial brakes, you can start your search by knowing how to choose the right ones.

If you would like to explore more about industrial brakes more, you can request a quote from us at Kor Pak Corporation! We are happy to help you with all of your braking needs.

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