Knowing how and when to service an electric brake motor can be more challenging than it might seem at first glance. After all, there’s more than one type of electric motor brake, for starters. There are DC motor brakes, for instance, but there are also AC motor brakes and dynamic motor brakes as well. Each has its own guidelines for maintenance, repair, and replacement. 

For the sake of this guide, we’ll be focusing on DC injection motor brakes. DC injection motor brakes don’t wear out as quickly as friction-based brake systems. This is good news for keeping your machines running as smoothly as possible, but it also means they sometimes get overlooked in routine maintenance schedules. 

We’re going to give you some guidelines on how you can maintain your electric brake motors to keep them in peak working order! 

Your Electric Brake Motor Maintenance Guide

Before we delve into our brake motor maintenance guide, please keep in mind that brake motors are industrial equipment. You need to be careful when you’re working on your machinery. If you have any reservations, you should contact a certified service technician to attend to your electric motor brake maintenance. 

To begin, you need to make sure that your electric brake motor is disconnected from power. You’ll also need to make sure there’s no residual current passing through the system. You’ll also want to make sure you have all of the tools you’ll need to work on your brake motor. These include:

  • Adjustment Shims
  • Torque wrench
  • Open wrench
  • Socket wrench
  • Mallet
  • Screwdrivers
  • Multimeter

Next, you’re going to open up the terminal box to see where the wires connect. Make sure to take note of the wires and connections as you disconnect them. 

Once you’ve got your terminal box open and the wires disconnected, you’ll want to look up the specs for your particular model of electric brake motor, as each model’s a bit different. Generally speaking, there’s going to be a fan and a gasket. Begin by unscrewing the fan, then remove it once it’s free. Then do the same thing for any gaskets and yokes you might find. 

Next, remove the brake pad itself while making sure to note the assembly direction. Finally, finish up by removing the face plate. 

If you’re just doing routine maintenance and upkeep, you’ll want to clean the electrical parts using a blower. These include:

  • Friction face plate
  • Brake disc
  • Armature
  • Adjustment spacer
  • Brake disc
  • O-ring
  • Wire guide

Make sure not to use any solvents or cleaning products that contain moisture. 

For mechanical parts, you can clean them using a non greasy degreasing product, except for on the brake disc. Finally, for any joints, you can clean them using a scraper. 

If you’re repairing your brake motor, you’ll want to follow these steps and identify which parts are faulty. Then you’ll need to order a replacement part from a qualified dealer. 

If you’re just doing routine maintenance, you should be good to go! Now just follow these steps backwards and put everything back where it belongs. 

Looking For An Electric Brake Motor?

At Ambitech, we’ve been providing businesses with the highest quality electric motor brakes for the last 60 years. It is our great privilege and honor to help hard-working business owners have the tools you need to truly succeed. 

If you’re in the market for an electric motor brake, get in touch with us today with any questions!