Motor brakes are one of the most useful parts of any machine, especially high-powered machines like lathes. These ingenious devices are an efficient way to keep your machines running without compromising on safety. 

With such an important role to play, keeping your motor brakes in good working order should be a top priority. Follow these tips to keep your brakes as good as new!

Disconnect the Power Before Service

Regardless of the small maintenance task, always disconnect your electric motor brake from its power source first. Powering the machine down isn’t enough; as long as the power source is connected, there’s always a risk of an electrical injury or malfunction.

Additionally, make sure any moving parts of the machine are fastened in place. Anything that could fall or slip could be a hazard while you’re working.

OSHA reports more than 400,000 non-fatal workplace injuries per year on average, just in the manufacturing sector. Securing your machinery will keep you out of these statistics. Taking these steps may feel like a waste of time, but it’s faster than a trip to the emergency room. 

Keep Your Work Area Clean

A clean work area is a key to smooth DC injection braking. Dust, dirt, debris, and other items can easily get stuck inside the motor, especially in a busy workshop. 

Debris might be a necessary by-product depending on the kind of machine you’re using the brake for. Wood chippers, for example, are dusty machines by nature of their task. Cleaning up the work area around your machines daily can help reduce the dust that gets kicked up into the motor brake. 

Clean the Motor Brake Carefully

It’s not enough to keep debris out of your work area–you should also clean your motor brake regularly. However, don’t use compressed air to blow dust and other dirt off the electronic motor brake.

Use a brush to wipe off anything that’s stuck on the machine. You want to make sure the bristles are soft enough that they don’t scratch the surface. A degreaser might be necessary for items that a brush alone can’t remove.  

The electromagnetism in a clean DC motor brake will work far better than one that’s full of dust and grit. Keeping it clean is the best way to extend the life of the brake and keep you safe. 

Replace Worn Out Parts

You should also regularly check the parts of a motor brake for wear and tear. When you can replace a part before it malfunctions, you can protect the rest of the motor from damage.

Don’t worry if you’re not an expert on motor braking. A regularly scheduled maintenance call with a professional can keep your motor operating at its best. 

Service Your Motor Brakes Regularly

Even the most well-maintained motor brakes will need a tune-up now and again. When that happens, it’s best to call in the professionals. A qualified service person can replace damaged parts quickly so you can get back to business.

We can help you get your motor brakes up and running in no time. Reach out to us today for more information or to schedule a repair.