Our steel mill customer experienced blade drift on his crop shear during “cobble cuts.” This not only represented a safety concern, but it occasionally made contact with the steel, resulting in production problems.


We reviewed their overall process to identify location options for a parking brake. Additionally, they stipulated an electrically set, normally open design.

We came up with a caliper disc brake that would mount on their existing gear coupling between the motor and gear box. This approach did not require any major equipment movement or layout changes.

The result was a simple, cost effective solution to their shear drift problem—eliminating safety and production concerns.