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    Why Reliable Emergency Brakes Are Essential for Industrial Packaging

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 13 ,2017

    If you’re a fan of old “I Love Lucy” reruns, you likely know this famous scene: the pies are coming down the conveyor belt faster and faster. Lucy can’t keep up, and pies are piling up. It’s a mess. Hilarious, right? But not in real life – say, if your packaging equipment goes awry and the product is dumping all over the floor instead of neatly into boxes, or your bottling line malfunctions.

    It’s not just a mess, it’s a serious safety hazard. Emergency brakes are critical for industrial environments, such as industrial packaging.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc 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

    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 Replace Friction Pads on a Caliper Disc Brake

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 31 ,2017

    In this video, W.C. Branham's Chad Randleman demonstrates how to replace the friction pads on your caliper disc brake.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes, Videos

    [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

    Hydraulic Brakes: A Breakdown of Their Primary Functions and Applications

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 21 ,2017

    Industrial equipment and mobile machines serve a wide variety of purposes, and they work under a wide range of conditions. Regardless of a machine's specific function, however, equipment that moves also has to slow and stop – sometimes repeatedly and frequently. There is a braking system to fit every set of variables. Some are mechanical or pneumatic, but for certain applications, hydraulic brakes are your best choice.

    Mechanical brakes are the simplest, requiring no outside power source to operate. Pneumatic brakes (or air brakes) can be a convenient, efficient choice, where there is no hydraulic pressure source and the application is sufficient for a pneumatic brake with a pressure source of 100 psi or lower. So when it comes down to air vs. hydraulic brakes, Hydraulic brakes can be the most effective choice when your application requires high torque stopping, tensioning, or holding.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    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

    [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] A Closer Look into the Two Types of Wind Turbine Brakes

    Posted by Peter Wold on Oct 26 ,2016

    To operate properly, wind turbines need two types of brakes — one to control the rotor speed to protect the system, and another to keep the turbine facing into the wind. W.C. Branham Sales Manager Pete Wold looks at your options for the two types of wind turbine brakes in this edition of Solutions in Motion.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes, Videos