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Selecting and Applying Clutches and Brakes

Easily achieve optimal performance


A wide variety of motion control applications require brakes and clutches for holding, stopping, indexing, or releasing a mechanical load.  

Wrap spring or electromagnetic friction clutches and brakes are the optimal choice for the vast majority of cases.  Clutches and brakes are selected to match dynamic and static characteristics including torque, speed, accuracy and other specifications.  

Selecting the right brakes for the application is vital to achieving needed performance.Learn how to correctly select and apply clutches and brakes for optimal performance and long service life in Selecting and Applying Clutches and Brakes as published in the February 2011 issue of Machine Design magazine.  
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