Braking is More Important Than You Think


Isaac Newton’s first law of motion is commonly stated as “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” In layman’s terms, this simply means that if an object is moving it tends to continue moving and an object that isn’t moving tends to stay stationary. Now, in the grand scheme of things, this law has very little bearing upon the average person, however, when you start to get into the mechanical aspect of society, this law is everything. Heavy machinery, by design, can succumb to the forces of inertia and, while this isn’t always a bad thing, it can be catastrophic if the machinery needs to be halted in a quick manner. Luckily, DC injection braking is intended to address this exact issue. In today’s post, we are going to pick up where we left off last time and continue to cover some of our most popular products and the applications that they are designed for. We hope that by the end of this post you understand exactly how important electric braking systems are in the world of heavy machinery.


How do You Stop Something That Doesn’t Want to Stop?


Heavy machinery, as its name suggests, is heavy. This isn’t really an issue in most situations, however, when it is time to turn off heavy machinery the weight can make that rather difficult. Below, we have listed a few of our products designed specifically to address this issue.



  • Star-Brake™: The Star-Brake™ electronic motor brake is designed to permit the rapid stopping of AC motors through the use of direct current injection. What makes this system stand out from the rest of the pack is the fact that it is a compact, single cabinet motor starter/brake combination. This braking system is designed to save space, includes an across-the-line magnetic starter with electronic brake, and features an adjustable thermal overload protection.
  • Brake-Pak™: When it comes to braking systems, sometimes you need a system that is able to be adjusted to your specific needs. The Brake-Pak™ electronic motor brake allows for AC motors to be quickly stopped through DC injection, providing smooth, adjustable, and frictionless braking. The Brake-Pak™ is designed for lower horsepower applications, such as a bench grinder, and is a sort of “middle-man” between a machine and its power source.
  • Braketron™: The final braking system we will discuss is the Braketron™. This DC injection braking system offers a unique front panel that provides the user with separate time and torque controls for applications that require constant change. This level of control is desirable in a wide range of industries.



We hope that this short blog series has helped to shed some light on the products that we offer. If you would like to learn more about our electric braking systems, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our website. Ambi-Tech has been providing braking systems for over 50 years and we are certain that we have a product to fit your applicational needs.