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Floating caliper brake is made of one single piece

Floating caliper brake is made of one single piece

KTR has developed a floating caliper brake which is made of one single piece – something the company says is a first for the UK marketplace. The new XS series is available with a hydraulic or an electromechanical operating principle and can be operated in both active and passive modes. The brakes are suitable

for sub-zero applications with temperatures ranging down

to –40°C.

The brake caliper of the new XS series combines the housing, spacer plate, and counter plate as one piece and is made of special LT nodular iron. This makes the floating caliper brakes suitable for sub-zero applications. All other components such as pad retainers, pistons and guide pins are made of steel. The brake pads are made of ‘organic mixture’ or ‘sinter metal’ and can be easily replaced by one single person. Depending on the application’s preference and basic conditions, the XS brake can be operated either hydraulically or electromechanically, with clamping forces up to 15kN being generated in the passive design and 16.5kN in the active design. The brakes are mounted to the respective machine each by two screws size M16.

Fabian Liekam, KTR’s product manager for brake systems, said: “Since the brake caliper of the new series is made of one piece, there are no more exposed contact surfaces. This has improved the brake’s corrosion resistance. In addition, the one-piece design has allowed us to extend the guide pins and double the number of bushings, improving the brake’s floating operation and the efficiency of transmission of force from the caliper to the base plate. This makes the brake even stronger.”

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