When looking for industrial brakes and clutches you will have to choose between two leading technologies. These are the air-based and the electric brakes and clutches. The option that you select will have to be cost effective and positively affect the production rate of your industry. This means that you will have to consider the performance of the individual components. In machine automation, the stopping and starting capacities are critical aspects. This is why inferior brakes and clutches usually translated to a lower production rate and poor quality of the product.
You should consider several factors before you choose the industrial brakes and clutches for your industry. The first step is to consider the response time and what impact it has on your factory. The response time refers to the total time that it takes from the turning on of power to the time the clutch or brake responds with the maximum torque. This also applies to when the power is turned off and the clutch disengages. A short response time is ideal for automated systems because they will preserve the quality of the product being produced and also maintain the integrity of the equipment. You will also have to consider the torque output of the industrial brakes and clutches. You will base your selection on the application that you have. The application can be to simply transmit torque, to offer torque for starts and stops or to vary the torque especially in the tensioning applications. The manufacturers usually provide tables and graphs that you can use to select the optimum size for the application that you have.
The thermal power is a measure of how the brake dissipates the heat that has been generated. This is an important aspect of the industrial brakes and clutches. There are several types of thermal conditions that you have to consider, these are heat sink, peak input rate and continuous heat dissipation. The peak input rate refers to the amount of heat that the brake or clutch disc is capable of absorbing without increasing its temperature to a level that will damage the friction interface. The heat sink value is a representation of the total amount of heat that the component can absorb within a certain period. It is a measure of the heat that is needed to raise the temperature of the friction plate. The continuous heat dissipation is a measurement of the mean rate at which the heat is generated at the surface of contact.