Solutions in Motion™

    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 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, Emergency Brakes

    When is it Appropriate to Use Hydraulic Spring Applied Caliper Brakes?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Aug 9 ,2017

    Hydraulic spring applied caliper brakes are an ideal choice for applications that require emergency stopping or static holding. This type of brake is used in industrial machinery as well as heavy off-road vehicles. However, this braking method is not a good choice for continuous slip applications, because friction pad wear results in reduction of spring force and braking torque.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes, Fail-Safe Brakes

    Brake Caliper Options for Industrial Applications

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 14 ,2017

    It's easy to think of cars, trucks, and off-road heavy equipment when you think of caliper disc brakes. When in fact, this versatile type of braking system works well with something as light as a bicycle or as heavy as shipping dock or mining equipment. Other types of “vehicles” such as elevators also use caliper disc brakes.

    Caliper disc brakes have the ability to slow, hold, and stop very heavy and/or fast-moving units, and quickly, if necessary. For this reason, they are well-suited to applications that require high torque, high energy stopping and/or tensioning. They absorb the energy generated by the braking process, then dissipate that energy as heat.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    [VIDEO] How to Properly Adjust a Mechanical Brake Caliper

    Posted by Chad Randleman on May 3 ,2017

    In this video, W.C. Branham's Chad Randleman demonstrates how to make the adjustment on your mechanical caliper disc brake to compensate for pad wear.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes, Videos

    Options for Custom Industrial Caliper Disc Brake Design

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 16 ,2017

    You cannot successfully customize industrial equipment design unless you have options. Options are particularly important when it comes to industrial caliper brake design, because optimum braking ensures safe, reliable, and efficient equipment operation.

    W.C. Branham offers numerous styles of industrial caliper disc brakes, with multiple options for each type. With the right choice, you know your design will deliver optimum performance, whatever your application.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    [VIDEO] What is a Fail-Safe Brake?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 28 ,2016

    Fail-safe brakes are brakes that, by nature, are always engaged. They commonly consist of spring applied brakes which are actuated by a stack of belleville disc springs. When pressurized, by either pneumatic or hydraulic pressure, the spring stack is retracted and the brake is opened or disengaged.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes, Videos, Fail-Safe Brakes

    Tips on Sizing Industrial Caliper Brakes for Your Application

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 20 ,2016

    When it comes to industrial and vehicular caliper disc brakes, W.C. Branham is proud to offer a wide range of sizes covering a wide range of applications that create a wide range of solutions. That adds up to more than 300 possible model configurations. It is essential to spec the proper size, in order to assure reliable, cost-effective performance.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    [VIDEO] What is a Brake Caliper and How Does it Work?

    Posted by Chad Randleman on Nov 9 ,2016

     A brake caliper is a device used to either stop or hold a rotating mass. It's designed to absorb the energy created by the rotating mass, and dissipate it as heat. This video blog gives you a quick look at the different styles and highlights their main functions. 

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    [VIDEO] Fixed Brakes vs. Floating Brakes

    Posted by Chad Randleman on Aug 10 ,2016

    What are the differences between double live sided fixed mount caliper disc brakes and single live sided floating mount caliper disc brakes? Those are the two options available when specifying and designing in the caliper disc brake for an application.

    Many models are available in both options and you can choose between the two depending on your mounting preference. Chad Ranldleman, W.C. Branham's VP Engineering and General Manager, discusses your options in this edition of Solutions in Motion.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes, Videos

    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