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    Mechanical, Pneumatic or Hydraulic Brakes: What is Best for My Application?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jul 14 ,2016

     When you’re trying to decide which type of brake is best for your particular application (such as mechanical, pneumatic, or hydraulic brakes), it’s important to understand both the reasons for braking and the differences in the types of brakes available for industrial equipment and on- and off-road braking applications.

    Understanding the Reasons for Braking

    1. Dynamic Braking

    The primary reason for braking is, of course, to get something to stop — also known as “dynamic braking.” A disc is moving and your goal is to get it to come to a complete stop. Any on- or off-road vehicle, aircraft service vehicles, golf carts, construction machinery or even wind turbines refer to this as “active braking.”

    2. Holding Position

    A second reason involves a “holding position,” which is common with industrial machinery with rotating parts. A winch is a good example of holding position braking. When payout or reeling is complete, a holding position can be of critical value.

    3. Controlling Speed

    Lastly, there’s “tensioning,” which falls between dynamic braking and holding, and is used for controlling speed. Anything that comes on a roll, such as newspaper, foil, or tape, is manufactured by a web handling system and involves tensioning. Tensioning brakes are applied often, so their pads have high wear rates, but are easily replaceable.

    However deciding on which type of brake to use will depend on what’s best for your application, so let’s “brake it down” further…

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    [VIDEO] Brake Pads and the Coefficient of Friction

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jul 7 ,2016

    What are the options available to you with friction materials when selecting your caliper disc brake? The main three attributes to consider when selecting that material are the material's wear rate, the coefficient of friction, and its energy capacity.

    W.C. Branham VP of Engineering and General Manager Chad Randleman explains the coefficient of friction in this edition of Solutions in Motion.


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    Topics: Brake Pads

    Which Right Angle Gearbox Will Work Best for Your Mechanical Design

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jul 7 ,2016

    Within the world of gearboxes, there are so many configurations that choosing the right product for your particular mechanical design can be challenging. Nowadays, custom gearboxes are more and more common, chiefly because manufacturing to specification is easier than ever, with newer machine tools as well as design and automation software. So, when determining the right angle gearbox that will work best for your mechanical design, it’s important to identify the key aspects of your design and application.

    A Checklist for Selecting Your Right Angle Gearbox

    Gearing that mounts properly and performs to specification is easier after reviewing the following and answering as many of these questions as possible:

    • How will the gearbox be used?
      Is it used to adjust something by hand, or a high-speed motor? What is the expected duty cycle of the gearbox? Continuous? Intermittent?

    • What right angle drive is typically used in the application?
      What mounting features and locations does your configuration require?

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes

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