Machining of Friction Materials

Machining of Friction Materials

Friction Services Ltd are specialist in the machining of friction materials. For all friction services, including the refurbishing, realigning and machining of friction materials, they can meet all your friction needs.
Friction materials are important in so many parts of life and yet it is easy to overlook them because they often go unnoticed. Think about your car that you probably use every day, to get to work, visit friends or nip to the shops. As soon as you drive your car, friction is acting on the car in a variety of way. Friction acts on the tyres, so that when the engine turns, they grip the ground and move your vehicle forward. Friction acts against the car as air resistance, which is a type of friction where the air acts to slow the car down. Some friction is necessary for you to control the car. The parts that create this friction are made by machining from materials which are called friction materials. Friction materials are used in the clutch and the brakes. The brakes create friction on the wheels when you wish to slow down, by reducing the speed of the car. The clutch transmits power to the wheels after a gear change by using friction from one disk to turn another disk.
Friction materials are not only used in modern cars, but as brakes and clutches in vintage and classic cars, as well as commercial trucks, trailers and buses. They are also used in other types of machines. One example is mobile cranes. Friction materials allow the moving parts of the crane to control the speed and direction of movement, which is essential for moving heavy loads with precision and care.
Another example is agricultural and plant machinery. These machines need to be able to carry out processes for many hours and maintain a controlled speed and movement, which is possible by the use of parts made from friction materials.
When it comes to getting good quality friction materials, there are two key points. Firstly, you need the right materials. The materials used will affect the performance. For example, friction materials can be made of metal, which is long lasting and durable, but can become hot and also be loud when used. In contrast, some friction materials can be made of organic materials, but whilst these are quieter, they do not last long and tend to create dust. Many modern friction materials are made from ceramic, which offers a balance between durability, efficiency and quiet running.
The other point is good quality machining of friction materials. The machining of friction materials will affect the fit of the part and durability. By ensuring that you have high quality machining of friction materials, you will make sure that the part lasts and does its job well. Good quality machining of friction materials will be cost effective in the long run.
For all friction work, including machining of friction materials, contact Friction Services Ltd. They offer a high quality, cost effective service for refurbishing, realigning and machining of friction materials.