A Guide to Various Industrial Brakes

According to Transparency Market Research, the industrial brake market size is set to grow to more than $1.72 billion by 2031. It shows there is apparent and onward demand for such brake systems. 

Most industrial applications require brake systems to ensure they run smoothly, safely, and efficiently. This guide provides an overview of the different types of industrial brakes for a selection of applications that rely on the technology. 

Continue reading to learn about different applications for industrial brakes.


Trains require robust braking systems that can handle heavy loads and high speeds. Some brake options for trains include air brakes and mechanical brakes.

Air brakes, operated by compressed air, are the most common type in trains. However, manufacturers may install mechanical brakes as a backup in case of failure. 

Heavy Manufacturing Equipment

Heavy manufacturing equipment may include cranes and hoists. These sorts of equipment require brake systems that can handle the weight of a heavy load. Standard braking systems for heavy manufacturing include hydraulic brakes and electric brakes.

Engineers often prefer hydraulic brakes because they can handle heavy loads effectively. In the event of failure, electric brakes operate through the use of an electric motor and serve as a backup system. These types of brakes provide a secondary source of stopping power.


A conveyor brake system should be designed to address the starting and stopping requirements under various load conditions. Brake options include hydraulic brakes, mechanical brakes, and electric brakes.

Hydraulic brakes are the most widely used option in conveyors. In the event of hydraulic brake failure, mechanical brakes provide backup support using a mechanical linkage. Electric brakes can also act as a backup option in such cases.

Amusement Park Rides

High-speed rides at amusement parks need brakes that can handle sudden stops. Options available include hydraulic brakes, mechanical brakes, and electric brakes.

Engineers often utilize hydraulic brakes as the primary braking system for amusement park rides. Electromagnetic (EM) brakes can serve as the primary or secondary braking system for these rides.

Wind Turbines

A brake system for wind turbines needs to be able to handle high wind speeds. Options include hydraulic brakes, mechanical brakes, and electric brakes. Hydraulic brakes are frequently utilized as the primary choice for wind turbines.

Mechanical brakes can serve as either the primary or secondary braking system. They may be a suitable option in case of hydraulic brake failure. Electric brakes can provide backup support in the event of hydraulic brake malfunction or maintenance.

Types of Brakes Explained for Industrial Uses

We’ve now looked at a few ways engineers utilize different brakes for industry applications. However, we have discussed many applications for the various brake technology options. 

At Kor Pak Corporation, we offer various high-quality industrial brake options. Contact us to learn how we can serve your company with high-performing brake systems. 



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