Brake Lining

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They are often also called brake pads, and are a critical component of braking systems as they are the material which comes into contact with the rotors in order to slow them down without wearing them out too quickly. Read More…

Brake Lining Brake lining is a friction causing material which is used in braking mechanism systems in order to aid in the slowing or stopping of motion. Machinery and almost all types of vehicles use brake linings of one sort or another.

Leading Manufacturers

Cleveland, OH  |  800-626-6540

You only need to know one name for your friction material needs: Cook Bonding & Manufacturing. We have been working hard for over 3 decades and specialize in the manufacture of high quality friction materials, gear tooth facings, press blocks, crane brake shoes and hoist frictions. Most products are in stock; custom-made products are also available. Let our experience and expertise work for you.

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Cook Bonding & Manufacturing Co., Inc. $$$

Mount Kisco, NY  |  914-244-3600

ProTec Friction Group is a producer of friction components and forms. By combining our manufacturing expertise with our supply chain knowledge, we are able to bring friction solutions to our customers. Our broad stock selection includes a full line of organic and synthetic friction materials, clutch and break sets, clutch buttons and more. Specialized products are also available.

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ProTec Friction Group $$$

Eugene, OR  |  800-547-6180

At Champion Technologies, we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality brake and friction products in our industry since our founding in 1927. Products include clutch facings, brake blocks, and brake linings, all of which are made from premium raw materials. For more details about our products and services, contact us today and let us help you find the perfect product to suit your needs.

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Champion Technologies, Inc. $$$

Atmore, AL  |  251-368-7777

Alto Products designs and manufactures bonded friction materials plus friction and steel clutch plates. Our friction clutch plates are used for agricultural and heavy-duty applications. Over 60 years of business and over 2 billion clutches have made us the most complete line manufacturer of clutch plates throughout the world.

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Alto Products Corp. $$$

Elizabethtown, KY  |  270-234-5500

Akebono has over 75 years of experience innovating, designing & producing friction materials for leading OEMs, Tier I brake suppliers and the automotive aftermarket. Our products, such as our disc brake calipers & drum brakes, provide the most effective noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) reduction solutions available. With customers like Audi, Ford, GM, Honda and Toyota, it’s no wonder we’re #1.

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Akebono Brake Corporation $$$
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Brake lining material is attached to metal backing, such as a brake shoe, usually with heat-resistant rivets or joints. The lining comes into contact with the rotors creating enough friction to slow them down. The brake lining protects the rotors from coming into direct contact with the metal backing. This prevents them from wearing out quickly and needing frequent replacing.

Linings made from harder brake materials can cause accelerated wear and tear on the rotors or drums, and therefore it is important to check the quality and the suitability of the material with relation to the specifics of the system. Braking linings are used in the braking systems in machines, vehicles, appliances and elevators and thus can range from large heavy duty materials to lighter, softer linings.

As the kinetic energy of the braking process is turned into heat energy, the material used for brake lining purposes usually has a high coefficient of friction. Asbestos used to be the element most commonly used for brake linings, but the dust created by asbestos is harmful when inhaled, therefore, alternatives have been developed, such as aramid fibers which are now commonly used in braking components. Brake linings, like brake bands and brake blocks, need to be made from durable materials which are able to endure high levels of heat and pressure. The friction created is an essential element of the braking process and allows machinery and engines to speed up and slow down relatively quickly.

Brake linings will need to be replaced periodically as the material will inevitably be affected by wear and tear over time. Often the brakes will squeak or become less smooth as the lining wears out, this is important to pay attention to as worn out brake linings can cause greater, and more expensive, engine damage. In systems with multiple brake linings, it is important to replace or repair the corresponding linings at the same time. This is necessary to help achieve even and consistent braking within the system.

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