Rocklin Manufacturing Blog

Posted by Ross Rocklin in Rocklin Mfg on 9/11/2019

We’ve been manufacturing Rocklinizers for decades, helping customers alleviate wear, extend the life of their equipment, and solve gripping problems. While Rocklinizers have technologically evolved with speed and deposit capabilities improving dramatically over time, our proven process of applying precise amounts of hard and wear resistent material has remained a hallmark of what we do.

We currently offer five models of Rocklinizers, three of which are our older models that can apply smaller deposits using a vibratory applicator. The Models 950 and 850, our newest units with digital readouts, rotary applicators, and heavier and faster deposit capabilities are clearly the superior options, but some customers prefer the older, vibratory models 600, 500 and 380. Perhaps they used them previously or they just need a smaller deposit. Whatever the case may be, they have options.

We offer two types of applicators – rotary and vibratory – for new and existing customers. We recently redesigned our rotary applicator (part 950-400) with an emphasis on superior ergonomics, reliability, and performance, which you can see being laser marked in its finished state in this blog post.

For decades, we used an off-the-shelf shell for our vibratory applicator (part 9250-A), with our internal components engineered to fit the shell design. These applicators are relied upon by numerous customers who have counted on the reliability of Rocklinizers for many years. But what happens when this shell is discontinued without any warning? We were about to find out.

Our first step was creating a new design internally that meets our needs, much like we did for the rotary 950-400. No longer would we rely upon an external source for the shell. Our lead engineer, who designed the 950-400, was again up to the task.

After he developed an optimal design for the 9250-A vibratory shell, the next question was how do we produce it? A mold would not allow us to keep our costs at the low level our customers expect and appreciate. The same is true for machining it due to the many intricacies of the new design. Then our attention shifted to 3D printing, and a clear winner emerged on both quality and price. After rigorous testing, our choice was confirmed.

Here you can see the 3D printer in action:

And here is the finished product after laser marking with the LaserEvo Fiber Laser Marking Unit:

Thanks to the introduction of 3D printing, our 9250-A vibratory applicator continues to offer the reliability our customers expect in a sustainable, cost effective shell.


Tags: 3D Printing , Rocklinizer , Gripping , 950 , 850 , Rotary , Vibratory

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