Pintsch Bubenzer Launches a New Eco Friendly Wheel Brake for Harbour Cranes – Heavy Lift News
3 Aug 2020

Pintsch Bubenzer Launches a New Eco Friendly Wheel Brake for Harbour Cranes

The BRBe brake is for cranes at ports, steel mills and other heavy duty applications.

Pintsch Bubenzer has launched a new, environmentally friendly electric wheel brake—the BRBe—for electric overhead traveling (EOT) cranes at ports and steel mills, and other heavy duty applications.

The BRBe is currently available for cranes with wheels from 500mm (19.68 in.) to 1,000mm (39.37 in.) diameter and wheel flange widths from 160mm (6.29 in.) to 254mm (10 in.). It is also suited to paper mill logging cranes, mobile / harbor cranes, steel mill outside service cranes, stacker and bulk storage cranes.

The most common sizes for the new range are the BRBe70, with 56000N braking force (70kN contact force); and the BRBe90, with 72000N braking force (90kN contact force). The brake can be sized up or down based on the application along with adaptation to the bolt pattern of existing wheel brakes or retrofitted to a new application.

Joel Cox, president at Pintsch Bubenzer USA, said: “The product is launched as an alternative to lessen the impact on hydraulics on cranes and make installation improved while reducing costs to owners. The product is greener and avoids the typical hydraulic cylinder repairs or potential for leaks and contamination at docks. Our BRB120 and BRB90 designs are popular hydraulic wheel brakes, but this was built with greater ease and simplicity in mind both for OEMs and end users.”

Cox stressed that installation of the new brake doesn’t eliminate the need for runaway or storm brakes. He said: “Specifications still call for storm brakes, and ports, for example, still use mechanical tie downs during hurricanes and big storms when they have time to prep for them. Our wheel brakes are good to keep the crane from rolling and preventing them from catching momentum down the runway. It is up to the end client or OEM discretion whether to use wheel brakes, push down [on rail] brakes, or rail clamps for everyday use.”

Importantly, the BRBe, which can be retrofitted, is designed for outdoor cranes, such as ship-to-shore, rail-mounted gantry and rubber-tired gantry cranes.

Source Pintsch Bubenzer / BridgerHowe

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