Protec Strategic Friction
  • Commercial
    Marine

    Commercial Marine:

    Challenge:
    OE supplied Twiflex brake pads for a motorized barge shaft brake needed costly replacement 5x per year.

    Solution:
    ProTec bonded a Kevlar over-layer to protect OE conventional friction from rapid wear.

    Customer Comment:
    “We have doubled our wear life, eliminated dust, smoothed brake engagement….and now we get flawless brake performance.”

  • Freight Rail
    Car Hand-Brakes

    Freight Rail Car Hand-Brakes:

    Challenge:
    Global manufacture of freight rail cars sought to develop a new supply of brake friction that would exceed stringent company, industry and regulatory standards and reduce costs to support Company’s pricing strategy.

    Solution:
    We collaborated with the company to understand engineering requirements & limitations, through all phases of design, testing and approvals. Deploying its network of friction application engineers, we sourced the optimal combination of materials and manufacturing systems, achieving a 35% savings.

  • Paper Mill
    Winder Brakes

    Paper Mill Winder Brakes:

    Challenge:
    Reduce machine downtime outside of scheduled maintenance due to premature brake lining wear.

    Solution:
    Replaced existing conventional molded brake pads with innovative Kevlar-infused compressed woven. Achieved double the wear life.

    Customer Comment:
    “Finally. Thank you ProTec”

  • Transit
    Bus

    Transit Bus:

    Challenge:
    Major metropolitan transit agency under severe budgetary pressure due to the high labor cost of in-house brake shoe maintenance.

    Solution:
    Helped agency to dramatically lower labor costs by outsourcing maintenance while also achieving higher brake system performance by switching from bolt-on style to a unique bonded & bolt-on style.

  • ProTec
    ConsultSF

    ConsultSF:

    Mission:
    Seek out production and friction material innovations from around the globe and make these available to North American brake and clutch manufacturers.

    Results:
    ProTec’s ConsultSF service locates, develops and Americanizes diverse friction technologies, applying them to solve customer challenges ranging from new product development to cost reduction. ProTec also helps off-shore friction manufacturers to establish and grow their brand through market development and technology transfers.

  • Hydro
    Power Plant

    Hydro Power Plant:

    Challenge:
    A hydroelectric plant needed to replace old turbine brakes with neither specs nor precise dimensions available.

    Solution:
    ProTec reverse engineered the brake pads from photographs and brake system schematic drawings.

    Customer Comment:
    “...we had equipment down and had to find replacement parts fast. Jerry Thompson got our repair on track in just a couple of days.”

  • Science Friction
    Oil/Gas Drilling Rigs

    Science Friction for Oil/Gas Drilling Rigs:

    Challenge:
    Oil and gas drilling rigs, often located adjacent to population centers, create loud squealing excess noise as very high heat is thrown off conventional brake lining into brake drum.

    Solution:
    ProTec’s TF1600 high Kevlar material absorbs enough heat to reduce brake drum operating temperatures by 70%. Noise? No Noise.