Brake Materials

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Braking systems that utilize these materials are made up of several components such as brake bands, brake lining, brake pads, brake shoes and brake blocks. Read More…

Brake Materials Brake materials encompass a wide variety of durable and heat resistant substances used in the construction of devices which reduce the speed and stop spinning surfaces of vehicle wheels as a result of increased friction.

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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The many different mechanical parts require many different brake materials. Likewise, the myriad of applications for brakes necessitates variable construction. These devices are used in automotive, railway, transit coach, bicycle, construction machinery and agricultural industries to help control speed and stop vehicles ranging from tractors to race cars. No matter the size or specific part, there are general guidelines for brake materials. These materials must be strong and able to resist wear effects as might be accrued from scoring, galling and ablation. As braking generates a great deal of waste heat, these materials must account for thermal expansion and remain constant at a range of temperatures, have high heat capacity, good thermal properties and conductivity.

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These systems inherently deal with a great deal of pressure making the ability to withstand high contact pressures essential to their functionality. Braking systems are often exposed to the environment and must also be able to endure moisture, dust and other environmental factors while continuing to provide consistent slowing capabilities. Many, but not all, components are involved in the creation of friction that leads to the slowing of a vehicle. These particular components must exhibit all of the above characteristics while also maintaining a high coefficient of friction, which is the ratio of the force of friction between two bodies in contact with one another. These friction materials are often rough or textured to provide added friction and increase efficiency.

The basic process of braking relies heavily on the functionality and efficiency of the materials used to manufacture each of the many parts. In braking systems, a lever or pedal is pressed, releasing brake fluid which is put under pressure and delivered to the braking mechanism for each wheel simultaneously. A small hydraulic pump engages the brake shoe or caliper. The shoe presses the pad, or brake lining, into the spinning wheel or disc. The friction created by contact between the two materials causes the wheel to slow in proportion to the amount of pressure applied.

Among the high stress but low friction components such as the brake shoe or caliper, steel, cast iron, aluminum and ceramics are common. While asbestos was once the most popular choice for elements encountering large amounts of friction, health hazards have lead brake production to find alternatives. Ceramic, copper, steel, iron, mineral, cellulose, aramid, chopped glass, rubber and brass are all used in the creation of composite materials used in brakes. These amalgamations are useful in that they retain the qualities, friction resistance and strength, of any and all powders and fibers used in their formation.

These brake materials are often attached via rivets or strong adhesives to metal bases. Field experience, as well as chemical and material engineering, allows constant advancements in brake material design. These advancements result in reduced maintenance and operating costs, longer wear life, better functionality and overall consumer satisfaction.

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