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

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 25 ,2019

    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 caliper disc brakes available for industrial equipment and on- and off-road braking applications.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    STEM Support: HS Robotics Team Wins With Branham Brakes

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 15 ,2019

    If you ever wonder about the future of engineering, just visit a high school robotics competition. Thousands of teams from around the world plan, build and compete with the remote-controlled robots that they have strategically designed to excel in that season's team challenges. The designs are complex, the competitions are intense, and we had the pleasure this season to help and watch the team from Plano, Texas in action.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    [VIDEO] How to Properly Size and Select a Caliper Disc Brake

    Posted by Troy Branham on Apr 18 ,2019

    Caliper disc brakes come in many sizes and types, depending on your needs. W.C. Branham is proud to offer a wide range of industrial and vehicular caliper disc brakes – more than 300 possible model configurations. From active pneumatic and active hydraulic to lever mechanical actuated and spring applied brakes, you can customize the perfect product for your application. The key to success is proper caliper disc brake sizing.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    When and Why Would You Need an Air/Oil Intensifier?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 5 ,2018

    Hydraulic caliper disc brakes can be an excellent choice for many industrial applications, especially those that require clamping or similar high-force movements. But what if compressed air is your only power source? An air/oil intensifier can convert low-pressure into high pressure in instances where a hydraulic pressure system is not available or where hydraulic pressure is too low.

    That means you can spec hydraulic caliper disc brakes even for applications where there will be no hydraulic system pressure source. An air/oil intensifier, also known as an air-to-oil booster, can operate using standard shop air, which is typically 80-100 psi.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    New Product Release: PFS38 Pneumatic Spring Applied Brake

    Posted by Troy Branham on Sep 12 ,2018

    Scale matters in industrial design. When it comes to braking, you don’t necessarily need enough torque to stop a freight train. A gentle touch will do fine for subtle movements. A larger brake may work OK if it fits the space available, but it will probably cost more and not operate as efficiently.

    We, at W.C. Branham, are excited to announce our new pneumatic spring applied brake, which will be available in October 2018. The PFS38 is the smallest member of our pneumatic spring applied caliper disc brakes family, providing half the torque of our next-smallest model, the very popular PFS47.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    How Hydraulic Spring Applied Brakes Help Abrahamson Nurseries Work Safer

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jul 18 ,2018

    Here at W.C. Branham, we define our products as problem-solvers. But, we admit, we are just a little biased. So when a customer shares a story of how a Branham product solved their thorny problem, that’s a story we want to share with everyone. After all, you never know when someone else’s design “win” might be exactly the solution to your problem, too. The subject of today's story: spring applied hydraulic brakes.

    Spring applied hydraulic brakes are the go-to choice when you need to hold industrial equipment or heavy machinery in place, reliably. In an emergency, or to prevent an emergency from happening, you need equipment that can be stopped without question. It's the only way you can work safer with confidence.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    Wind Turbine Control: Harnessing Mother Nature Using Caliper Brakes

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 23 ,2018

    Mother Nature is on the job in 41 U.S. states, delivering power to utilities via wind energy. But she only supplies the wind that makes the turbines go round and round. It’s up to humans to direct and control the process, and sometimes that requires no-fail stopping power. And caliper disc brakes are the go-to choice when it comes to wind turbine control.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    How WCB Is Supporting the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 28 ,2018

    From PayPal to Tesla, space exploration to solar power, Elon Musk's ideas and innovations transform just about every industry he touches. Now, W.C. Branham is excited to help participate in Musk's next big idea, helping a team competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.

    In the fall, three Big Ten universities approached us with interest in our braking systems. Each team was participating in the Hyperloop Competition. Michigan Hyperloop, from the University of Michigan, was selected to race their pod this summer.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes, Hyperloop

    [VIDEO] How to Size and Select a Spring Applied Brake

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 21 ,2018

    In order to pick the perfect spring applied caliper disc brake for your application, you must first determine the amount of braking torque required, and then pair that with the right brake and disc solution.

    There are two main applications that spring applied brakes are suitable for: Dynamic Stopping applications and Static Holding applications. But both applications have different requirements that spring applied brakes need to handle:

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes, Videos

    Industrial Caliper Brakes 101: Which Works Best for My Application?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 7 ,2018

    All industrial caliper brakes are designed to slow, hold, and/or stop fast-moving or very heavy loads. And they can do it very quickly, if necessary. However, the type of caliper disc brake you use depends on the application. Some are best suited for heavy-duty off-road vehicles such as Utility Trucks, Road Construction, Turf Vehicles, Lift Trucks, Aircraft Ground Support Equipment, Military Ordnance Trailers, Agricultural Tractors, Mining, whereas others are more fit for different types of industrial applications like Manipulator arms, Hose Reels, Web and Wire Tensioning, Packaging, Printing Presses, CNC Machinery, Conveyor Belts, Wind Energy, Indexers, and more.

    So, which industrial caliper brake should you use?

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes