Thruster brake is a device to retard the speed of moving machinery and to stop it accurately to the desired position. The braking force is applied to the brake shoe by a pre-stressed compression spring. The shoes press on the rotating brake drum retarding its speed and finally stopping it. The releasing of the brake and compressing of the spring is done by the Thruster.
Thruster shoe brake has a pair of cast iron shoes which are lined up with friction pads. The shoes are hinged on the main arm and the side arm of the brake, each of them having a hinge pin fitted in the base. They are connected to each other on top by a tie rod, which is hinge in the main arm and locked to the swivel block in the side arm, by a lock nut