Magnetek, Inc. has announced the introduction of an electronic braking system that utilises solid-state drive technology to provide variable torque control of industrial shoe and disc brakes.
Used in material handling applications, Magnetek’s ‘brake-by-wire’ system is said to be similar to technology being considered for ‘drive-by-wire’ motor vehicles.
With Magnetek’s Braketronic Controller, single or multiple brakes can be proportionally controlled by foot pedal, master switch, radio, or selectively by any of these means.
The controller, developed by the Mondel Engineering division of Magnetek’s Industrial Controls Group, can also be configured to gradually apply the brakes by pre-programmed ramping, initiated by single-step wireless or wireline control devices. Any voltage or frequency alternating current (AC), direct current (DC), single-phase or three-phase power supply can be employed to power Braketronic Controllers.
According to Magnetek, the Braketronic units are designed to replace existing high-maintenance, power-assisted air-over-hydraulic systems to provide emergency braking on all types of indoor and outdoor cranes and moveable lift bridges in industrial and mill-duty applications.