Putting a component in complete halt requires different forms of manipulations such as mechanical, hydraulic, electromagnetic or pneumatically. The industrial disc brake system works when there is friction applied on the disc brake. The heat is converted out of motion from the disc brake and this heat makes the brake too hot thereby rendering it less effective, it slows down and ultimately stops. Industrial disc brake systems are used in different applications and some of them are the following:
Disc brake systems are used in conveyors generally for emergency stops and also for normal stopping or parking. Industrial disc brakes are also used in conveyors when one of the conveyors overlaps another and there is a risk of over spilling. It is also applied when there is a risk of personal injury especially on underground works. An industrial disc brake system is usually attached to the tail drum, driving drum or motor shaft of the conveyor. For long over ground conveyors, disc brakes are usually fitted to the up stream end to prevent overthrowing due to belt tension reversal.
Disc brakes are also used on industrial wind energy generators both on the main rotor shaft and Yaw motion. Disc brakes are utilized to prevent over speeding. On instances when speed exceeds the predetermined speed level, a control system specifically for the industrial disc brake system would come into play to stop the conveyor.
Winder and haulage applications
An industrial disc brake system is also widely used in the mining industry. Disc brakes are used for winder and haulage applications during mining operations in different parts of the world. For reliable disc brakes for winders and haulages, choose one that has excellent technical specifications such as those which are not dependent on single line components and one which components were tested to endure heavy duty and fatigue.
Industrial disc brakes are also widely used in marine industry wherein the brakes are attached to the main propulsion system for maintenance purposes and to increase ease of component maneuver. It is also used in marine industry to promote safety in the workplace. Propellers can be easily put to a halt if there are disc brakes installed on the gearbox output flange thereby preventing over speeding and avoiding potential dangers in high seas.
Escalators and elevators
This is one of the most common and practical applications of disc brakes. Escalators are used with low speed auxiliary brakes while long and more sophisticated escalators and elevators are used with more durable and heavy duty industrial disc brakes.