Rocklin Manufacturing Blog

Posted by Ross Rocklin in Rocklin Mfg on 10/21/2020

We often get questions asking what Rocklinizing is. People see sparks flying at a trade show and they’re intrigued. Is it EDM? No, it’s actually adding material. Is it a welder? No, not quite. Is it a sparkler? No, we don’t sell fireworks…

At its core, we’re accomplishing the same objectives that drove I.J. Rocklin to invent the first Rocklinizer way back in the 1960s: depositing precise amounts of extremely hard and wear resistant material onto metals, tools, and dies to expand their useful life. Now, however, we’re doing it much faster, more precisely, and with a far greater range of deposits that solve an ever-expanding list of industrial needs.

While we call it Rocklinizing, our process gets called many names. Here are three common ones:

  1. Carbide application equipment: To put it simply, the Rocklinizer applies tungsten carbide and titanium carbide onto steel surfaces.
  2. Hard surfacing: Our electrode material ranges from 60 HRC to 80 HRC, depending on the electrode used, creating a much harder and more wear resistant surface.
  3. Electrospark Deposition (or ESD): The Rocklinizer rapidly fires sparks that are triggered when the user touches the electrode to the base material, impregnating the coating on top of and underneath the surface with very little heat generated.

At the end of the day, regardless of what you call it, the most important thing is what the Rocklinizer actually does: it reliably solves the greatest wear and grip problems to drive productivity improvements and cost savings our customers never thought possible. That’s been our focus for over a half century, and we’re on a mission to continuously improve the Rocklinizer so our customers realize an even greater competitive edge.


Tags: rocklinizer , rocklinizing , carbide application equipment , hard surfacing , electrospark deposition , electro-spark deposition , electro spark deposition , esd , tungsten carbide , titanium carbide

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