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Adapting Brake Systems for Autonomous & Electric Vehicles
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Adapting Brake Systems for Autonomous & Electric Vehicles

Today’s vehicle industry, both on- and off-road, is nothing like it was 20 years ago – or even 10 years ago. Two of the more disruptive forces causing change have been government regulation around environmental issues and the growing use of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve vehicle performance. The answer to many of the challenges (and opportunities) brought on by these shifts are electric vehicles (EVs) and autonomous vehicles. EVs and autonomous vehicles aren’t just common on our roads and highways; large corporate farms and massive construction operations are also realizing that they can save money – and help comply with increasing environmental regulations – by putting these types of vehicles to use in their operations. Whatever the application, EVs and autonomous vehicles require special braking systems, with these and other needs factored into their design: Autonomous navigation Handling of battery weight Efficient operation Heat dissipation Noise reduction Government and industry regulation Hayes has led innovation in braking systems for both types of vehicles. The requirements for safety and performance are in some ways similar, and some very different. Let’s take a look.

Hayes Brakes Launches Bison: Turf Industry’s Newest Park Brake
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Hayes Brakes Launches Bison: Turf Industry’s Newest Park Brake

Mequon, Wis. -- Hayes, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative braking systems, is introducing Bison, an industry-leading mechanical parking brake that guarantees stationary placement in a single force. In addition to its use of premium material, Bison’s dependable clamp capability makes this brake unrivaled within the turf vehicle industry.

Hydraulic vs. Mechanical Disc Brakes? Heavy Equipment Needs Both
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Hydraulic vs. Mechanical Disc Brakes? Heavy Equipment Needs Both

You’ll typically find two types of brakes on a piece of heavy equipment: hydraulic and mechanical. Why are both needed? Which brakes perform tasks that the other cannot? One type of brake doesn’t satisfy all the performance and safety needs of heavy equipment – both are needed in combination – yet each performs different functions. A garden tractor, for example, uses hydraulic service brakes during normal driving operations to control the vehicle; parking brakes, which are mechanical, are used to keep the vehicle stationary when needed. The chart below outlines the primary features, benefits, and characteristics of both, and how each meets the needs of heavy equipment vehicles.

Collaborative Product Development: How Customized Brake Solutions Give OEMs an Edge
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Collaborative Product Development: How Customized Brake Solutions Give OEMs an Edge

Here’s a team-up that seems out of left field: John Deere and … NASA? It’s true: John Deere collaborated with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to create a GPS system that makes self-driving tractors more accurate with reliable, real-time satellite data. It’s a move that could advance agriculture vehicles into a new autonomous age. Success can result when companies work together toward a common goal. Engineering heavy-duty equipment, in particular, demands that everyone brings their best. Sometimes, such projects require looking outside your walls. When available off-the-shelf brakes aren’t cutting it for your vehicle design, it’s time to turn to a partner and work together to find customizations that deliver a tailored solution and provide a competitive advantage.

How Powersports Brakes Manufacturers Can Meet Extreme Demands in Performance
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How Powersports Brakes Manufacturers Can Meet Extreme Demands in Performance

For snowmobile riders, UTV enthusiasts, and anyone else hitting the trails, the U.S. has its share of extremes in weather and terrain — and they’re some of the biggest challenges powersports vehicles face. How can you and your powersports brakes manufacturing partner ensure exceptional performance for your customers in those unrelenting environments?

The Importance of Specialized Off-Road Vehicle Brake Manufacturing
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The Importance of Specialized Off-Road Vehicle Brake Manufacturing

Every off-road vehicle — from riding lawn mowers to wheel loaders and everything in between — is more complex today than it was in years past. Advancements in mechanics and intricate built-in technologies put high demands on every individual component. Let’s focus on the brakes. When considering this critical subsystem, partnering with experts who specialize in it results in a superior performance than what you’d find going it alone or buying from a general parts provider. Specialization: Streamlines development and production Enables greater innovation Controls costs Adds value Here’s how.

How to Improve Disc Brake Performance in Muddy Conditions
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How to Improve Disc Brake Performance in Muddy Conditions

Tractors, plows, cultivators, and other agriculture vehicles perform critical work while driving on mud that can damage sensitive equipment. Higher ground clearance helps other components, but working parts closer to the ground are at greater risk. Disc brakes are especially susceptible. Mud is abrasive and can easily splash and cake onto intricate brake components. Rotors and pads wind up scuffed and scratched, especially when the mud dries to more abrasive dirt and rocks.

How to Prevent 5 Common Failures in Dry Disc Brakes
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How to Prevent 5 Common Failures in Dry Disc Brakes

The best way to solve a problem? Prevent it from happening in the first place. While your customers will always be responsible for routinely inspecting and maintaining their brakes throughout ownership, you can give them a head start by equipping your vehicles with high-quality dry disc brake systems that won’t become headaches. Dry disc brakes have become the standard in many industries — heavy equipment (e.g., construction and agriculture vehicles), ATVs, UTVs, turf care vehicles, motorcycles, passenger cars, and more.

3D Printing Enhances Hayes' In-House Capabilities
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4 min read

3D Printing Enhances Hayes' In-House Capabilities

At the start of the new year, Hayes Brakes took a significant step forward by enhancing their 3D printing capabilities with state-of-the-art technology. This strategic decision was made to further enhance their product development process, enabling them to be even more agile in creating innovative solutions on tight timelines. With the addition of in-house printing capabilities, Hayes now has a comprehensive range of 3D printing resources at their fingertips.

Custom Brakes vs. Stock Brakes in Turf Care
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Custom Brakes vs. Stock Brakes in Turf Care

Turf care vehicles equipped with the wrong brakes put property and rider safety at risk. Each turf care vehicle — from residential riding lawn mowers to golf course fairway mowers — needs brakes that perfectly fit the design and function. Operators count on the brakes to help them move heavy loads, perform precise maneuvers, and maintain control. Most brake manufacturers produce standard, stock brakes that work well in many applications. But here’s why the smart choice is to customize your brakes instead of using stock products for your turf care vehicles.

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