Brake Shoes

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A block or plate curved to suit the needs of the wheel or disc, these devices carry the brake bands, blocks, linings or pads to the moving surface. Read More…

Brake Shoes Brake shoes are an important mechanical component of any breaking system in that they apply pressure to the brake disc or spinning surface of a wheel to reduce speed due to 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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Brake shoes, which can be used with both disc and drum brakes, are found in automotive, railway, cycling and agricultural industries. Widely available, brake shoes are made specific to several applications and specifications with regards to size and material. While originally asbestos was used in nearly every brake system, health hazards related to the substance gave cause to develop and use several other materials in the making of brake shoes. Steel, copper, iron and several alloys with durable and heat resistant qualities are often used in the production of brake shoes.

Ceramic components continue to grow in popularity as well due to their durability, energy absorption and decreased noise production as compared to metal counterparts which emit a grinding noise when worn. Advanced adhesives or rivets are then used to affix the necessary pad or lining. These linings are even more variable including semi-metallic compounds, plastics, mineral fibers, aramid fibers, ceramics, cellulose and even chopped glass fibers. It is important to consider wear rates and performance when selecting a specific friction material for brake systems.

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The basic process of braking relies heavily on the functionality and efficiency of the brake shoe. When a lever or pedal is pressed, it sets into motion a chain of events beginning with the release of brake fluid which is put under pressure and travels to each braking mechanism where a small hydraulic pump engages the shoe. In the case of drum brakes, the brake shoe extends to apply the pad, lining or block directly to the spinning surface of the wheel. The friction created by contact between the two materials causes the wheel to slow in proportion to the amount of pressure applied.

Disc brakes operate in a similar manner, though the brake shoes and pads make contact with a disc connected to the wheel rather than the wheel itself. Because this process gives off a great deal of heat, brake shoes must be able to account for thermal expansion of all components. Located near the wheel itself, the brake shoe needs to apply a great deal of pressure on the wheel when engaged yet be completely clear of it when at rest. As the pads become worn, the shoe itself may be exposed to the spinning surface. Although this still creates friction that can slow the motion, it can cause significant damage to both the shoe and the disc or wheel surface.

Field experience as well as chemical and material engineering allow constant advancements in brake shoe design and the friction materials used to produce them. These advancements result in reduced maintenance and operating costs, longer wear life, better functionality and overall consumer satisfaction.

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