Braking records

Dellner Brakes AB is a Swedish company that develops, manufactures, markets and maintains brake solutions for industrial and marine applications. Jan-Olof Åkerström, managing director, explains the company’s approach and describes its key strengths: “Customised turnkey solutions are our specialty. Module-built brake systems represent the majority of our sales and by using different combinations of our own standard products, we can offer price-valued, perfectly customised solutions to many areas of use.”

In marine applications, Dellner Brakes is a world leader: “Our products are mounted in large military vessels, oil tankers, freight vessels, ferries, luxury yachts, luxury liners such as Queen Mary 2, and sailing ships such as the Gothenburg, a replica of an original ship launched in 1738,” says Jan-Olof. Dellner Brakes’ brake systems also appear within the offshore, mining, pulp & paper, oil and energy sectors, where they are used on cranes, winches and different industrial vehicles. Jan-Olof adds: “Dellner Brakes serves everyone, from small to very large customers, and all of them have top priority with us. We have a close working relationship with our customers and producing customised products in close collaboration with them is part of our day-to-day work. Most of our customers are located in Scandinavia, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.”

These clients return to Dellner Brakes because of its high technical competence, small and flexible organisation with high accessibility and fast decision-making, and quality management system certified according to ISO 9001:2008. “Our ambition is to always offer the market’s best brake solution that will result in a superior overall economy,” Jan-Olof says. “For many decades Dellner Brakes has manufactured emergency stop brakes, hold and parking brakes so as our customer you can count on reliable products of the best quality and a partner with great, personal commitment and a keen interest in all kind of brake solutions.”

One of the most successful products to come out of Dellner’s research and development into brake solutions is the Stopping-Turning-Locking (STL) System. “The STL-system’s flexibility and high quality have, in combination with our level of service and delivery precision, made STL Dellner Brakes’ biggest seller,” Jan-Olof highlights. “The STL-system can, in addition to brakes, turning devices and locking modules, include different levels of control systems – everything such as manual solutions to fully-automated PLC-controlled units at the ‘plug-and-play’ level.”

The modular STL-System offers customers one or more of three functions:

  • Stopping: Dellner Brakes’ hydraulic or electric disc brake calipers effectively handle the stopping operation.
  • Turning: Mechanical linkages with hydraulic cylinders or electric motors position the disc brakes. Together with an intelligent control system they turn or index the shaft – without the need for other turning devices.
  • Locking: The locking LM-Device has a specially designed tapered pawl that is engaged into a machined slot on the outer peripheral of the brake disc. This mechanically locks the shaft in place. The LM-device can be operated manually, hydraulically or electrically.

Jan-Olof adds: “Since the introduction of Generation 1 in 2002, STL has developed further and quickly changed the world market for industrial and marine locking systems. The STL-system is currently installed in the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers, the HMS Queen Elizabeth and the HMS Prince of Wales, in LKAB’s new pellets works KK4, as well as in two of the world’s longest luxury yachts (134 metres and 140 metres long respectively), to name a few.”

Thanks to the success of new product releases such as the STL-system, Dellner Brakes has experienced significant growth and in Summer 2012 the company expanded into new facilities in Vika outside Falun in Sweden. “We needed bigger and more suitable facilities for our ongoing expansion,” Jan-Olof comments. “In addition, in the Spring of 2012 Dellner Industrial Inc., a subsidiary of Dellner Brakes AB, opened in Charlotte NC in the US, and during the Autumn of 2012 a sales office in Brisbane, Australia opened. We are also planning to open sales offices in some Asian countries in the near future.” He continues: “Further growth and increasing our name in other sectors besides marine (where we already are the world leader) are at the top of our agenda.”

Jan-Olof gave a few more details of how the overall Group is organised: “The Dellner Group is divided in two major sectors, Industrial and Rail. The Dellner Industrial Group is the coming together of three companies within the Dellner Group – Dellner Brakes, Dellner Dampers and Dellner Woodville,” he says. “These three companies are at the forefront of their fields in brake systems, damper applications and polymer technology. We help each other serving customers worldwide.” The rail side produces Train Connection Systems.

He concludes: “The benefit of being part of Dellner Industrial Group is to be able to create a personal and innovative environment for our customers, enabling them to find new and more creative solutions through an effective, lean and fast moving organisation. The Dellner Industrial Group has the capability and expertise to provide clients with tailor-made solutions for any challenge.”

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