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Turn-Key Automation of Hard Surface Coating

Rocklin Manufacturing has introduced Rocklinizer Automation, the first turn-key automation solution, to its Rocklinizer carbide application equipment line.

"The proprietary Rocklinizer spark deposition process applies hard and wear-resistant coatings onto steel surfaces to extend machine life, cut downtime, delay capital expenditures, reduce inventory and optimize grip," said a company spokesperson. "These results are typically achieved through a handheld, manual coating process. Now, with the introduction of Rocklinizer Automation, manufacturers can cut costs through wear-resistant coatings while also freeing up precious time and resources to pursue other value-added tasks."

According to the company, Rocklinizer Automation involves a minimal investment of time and cost, with only three simple steps to achieve precisely controlled deposits ranging from .0001" to .010":

  • Measure and position the part to be coated in the large X-Y frame.
  • Insert the electrode into the applicator and adjust the Rocklinizer power and speed to desired levels.
  • Input the part dimensions on the integrated touchscreen PC and trigger the coating process.

"Unlike welding or metal spraying, minimal heat is generated, and the electrode material will not separate or flake off. After Rocklinizing, no heat treatment, grinding or other surface treatment is necessary," said the spokesperson.

The company reported that Rocklinizer solves a variety of wear and gripping problems and offers a variety of benefits, including:

  • Boosting grip on tube bending dies, collets and robot grippers
  • Minimizing die casting wear
  • Eliminating slug pull-back in punching and stamping
  • Restoring tolerances in bearings and shafts
  • Increasing the life of cutting tools.

For more information contact:

Rocklin Manufacturing Co.

110 South Jennings Street

Sioux City, IA 51101


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