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Hepcomotion has introduced the Bishop-Wisecarver Utilitrak carriage brake system, which allows the Utilitrak linear motion system to be manually locked at any user-selected position along the rail.

This two-component Utilitrak carriage brake system comprises a handle and a brake block, which fits over the existing lubricator end caps, while its twin brake arms that straddle the rail are engaged and disengaged by turning the handle.

The block itself is fabricated from aluminium and hard anodised for corrosion and abrasion resistance, good gripping and braking action, as well as long life.

Brake system components are positioned below the carriage’s payload mounting surface to minimise interference and the angular position of the handle arm can be adjusted to any position without affecting the brake engagement status or level of braking force.

Key features

  • Claimed to provide high reliability
  • Designed by Hepcomotion to be sleek and compact
  • Anti-friction movement
  • Low noise
  • Fits Utilitrak sizes 0, 1, 2 and 3 in the steel, aluminium and open channel series
  • Can be retrofitted by the end-user to existing Utilitrak systems
  • … or factory pre-assembled by Hepcomotion on new systems

Designing a unique engineering principle and making it a commercial success is quite an accomplishment.  Developing that concept and embracing complementary technologies to the point where the business becomes a world leader in its field takes that achievement into a different league.  HepcoMotion has achieved both and in 2009 celebrates 40th year of trading.   

Today HepcoMotion is one of the world’s foremost innovators and manufacturers of linear motion technology.  And this can be attributed to the important tenet – continued investment in its people processes and products.  This has allowed the company to grow even at times of economical difficulty.  

Although its range of individual, linear motion products remains an important part of its business the growth area for HepcoMotion in recent years is in specials and assemblies.  Almost one fifth of its shop floor space is devoted to assembly and the company has invested heavily in flexible manufacturing to ensure that even last minute changes can be accommodated to customer specification.  

Constantly re-assessing its strengths against changing market demands continues to provide HepcoMotion with the momentum for business growth.  The culture of ongoing investment has certainly worked well throughout its first 40 years and will continue to underpin its business in the decades to come.

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