We designed the Hindon Automatic Braking System for Cooling Towers to solve a big challenge: eliminating the need for an operations person to be physically present on the tower during hurricanes to manually lock down the fans.

The result is significantly improved safety of personnel and thousands of dollars saved due to lost production.

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How it works

The Automatic Braking System for Cooling Towers can be used in multiple cooling tower configurations as long as both a motor and gearbox drive the fan. Cooling tower types include natural draft, mechanical draft, cross flow, and counter flow.

The braking system is similar for all towers; however, the size of the fan determines the torque level and brake size. Hindon’s Automatic Braking System for Cooling Towers helps eliminate having to shut down a plant during a storm situation as it delivers the following benefits:


  • Automatic lock function – No need to manually lock fans.
  • Automatic adjustment for lining wear – Minimizes maintenance requirement and enhances product reliability.
  • Passive adjustable time delay – Adjustable sequencing for a smooth stop that minimizes impact forces to the driveshaft in a power failure.
  • No bending moment on the motor shaft – Eliminates the possibility of breaking the motor shaft.

The Automatic Braking System for Cooling Towers can be used in any power plant, refinery, steel mill, or processing facility that uses a cooling tower. The OSHA requirements limiting access to normal manual braking systems when wind speeds exceed 40 mph will no longer stop your plant’s production.

All Hindon braking systems perform well in heavy-duty operations and provide reliable holding and e-stop operation in the event of a power loss or fault in the variable frequency drive or PLC in the drive system.

Commitment to service and support

Hindon is dedicated to providing comprehensive support for our products and the people who depend on them. From initial consultation to inspection, maintenance, and repair services, our goal is provide the right equipment for your application and to keep your product in top shape for its full lifecycle. If you’re not sure which product is right for your application, call or chat with one of our sales engineers.