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    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: Hydraulic Brakes, Brake Pads

    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: Hydraulic 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 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: Videos, Emergency Brakes, Hydraulic Brakes

    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 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. Hydraulic brakes can be the most effective choice when your application requires high torque stopping, tensioning, or holding.

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    Topics: Hydraulic Brakes