The disc brake systems do the job of controlling the drawworks during operations. Over time, friction to the disc brake systems wears its components, which include the pads & blocks. This wear-and-tear can extend to the caliper, discs, and operating system.
Worn and faulty components aren’t only inefficient, they’re dangerous to personnel and machinery.
Maintenance during the duty cycle will keep the system performing to expected operations. But, there will be a time when it needs replacing. This article shares how to know when the time is right.
Disc Brake Systems: The Tell-Tale Signs They Need Replacing
With on-going maintenance, you will begin to notice signs of issues with your brake system. In fact, many brake systems will last throughout the life/duty cycle of the project; however, this varies. However, the harsh demands in the oil industry typically require regular changes compared to others.
Here are some of the signs the disc brake systems need replacing:
1. Wear Indicators are at Their End
Brake pads and blocks show interval wear from use. Indicators on these items provide signs they’re close to their duty cycle end. Maintenance and regular inspections of these areas will let you know when they are too worn; then the time has come for a replacement.
Brake systems will also need immediate replacing if damage occurs.
2. Modernizing to New Standards and Regulations
Many oil rigs have been in operation for decades. New standards and regulations have passed since their production. Many fleet operators will modernize and retrofit rigs to adapt to these advancements.
Maintenance and installation crews will use this time to replace critical components — including the brakes — with suitable, efficient replacements.
3. Erratic Performance
The braking system should always provide smooth operations with regular contact and usage. Inspections and replacements are essential if sliding speeds and stability become erratic.
Erratic performance may also extend to the torque performance.
4. Savings Positive
Retrofitting, replacing, or upgrading brake systems may provide an operational cost incentive. Large orders and service orders paid in bulk provide steep discounts — an action the company may leverage to cut costs.
A switch from the leg or aux brakes could provide lower maintenance costs efficiently shrinking overall costs. This places operation in a savings positive. The update also drives financial resources to other areas.
5. Reduced Weight and Footprint
Compared to counterparts, disc brake systems are lighter and have a smaller footprint. Space is limited on oil rigs. Swapping the brake system could open space for other components and resources.
6. Indicator Lights are Going Wild
It’s obvious the system needs changing if the indicators light up like the holidays. Maintenance should verify sensor readouts. But, these automatic warnings should provide enough ample evidence to decide.
Save on Costs, Use Kor-Pak Brakes
Oil production doesn’t slow down, nor should your brakes. Kor-Pak provides industry-leading drawworks disc brakes for standard and customized systems.
We are an OEM and distributor for heavy duty industrial braking systems. Our high-quality parts and service will help you meet your business objective. Get in touch to request a quote — or call (888) 256-7725 for all inquiries.