If you use clutch brakes , Motor Brakes , or Tension brakes
Using Force Control Ind. clutches and brakes featuring Oil Shear Technology rather than the less expensive dry friction units can increase the value of your machines by providing longer intervals between maintenance, adjustment, and repairs (often 5 to 10 years). There are additional advantages in some applications such as better positioning accuracy, higher cycle rates, quieter operation, and smoother start stops.
So how does the OEM leverage these benefits? Although it is sometimes hard to get the capital equipment buyer to worry about maintenance cost and downtime it is a factor in the selling equation. For a higher end machine, the clutch brakes may be one of the major maintenance items, and certainly contribute to downtime. Showing the customer the reduced maintenance cost and particularly downtime for his facility is a significant advantage and should be aggressively proposed.
Force Control clutches and brakes with Oil Shear Technology are used and appreciated around the world. Use the brand name Force Control or Posidyne, Posistop, MagnaShear, and Positorq. You will find customers all recognize the quality, dependability and product support they will get from Force Control.
Force Control Industries application engineers will assist in selecting the right product for the job, and work with your sales and marketing team to develop selling points related to your machine advantages, industry, and application.
A Few of the Typical OEM Products
Why are the Force Control clutches and brake so much better than the low cost dry friction units commonly used?
Dry friction clutches and brake can functionally do the job on most applications. However they have a sacrificial surface, the friction discs, that constantly wear away. This causes the need for adjustment especially on spring set brakes where wear will cause a change in torque and may cause release issues. The friction material is also susceptible to heat damage causing cracking, wear, and glazing. This can significantly reduce the torque rating which can be a safety issues particularly on a crane application. Reducing the heat in the dry friction brakes often involves allowing air flow through the unit allowing dust, dirt, scale, and moisture to enter the clutch or brake. This can in turn cause corrosion, rust, failed components such as clips, levers, coils, bearings, and immanent failure. Totally sealing the unit causes even more heat problems and early failure, or limited capacity.