Rockland Manufacturing debuts Wear Pin technology

Rockland Manufacturing debuts Wear Pin technology

The Wear Pin is designed to notify an operator when an attachment requires maintenance or should be replaced.

Rockland Manufacturing Co., an attachment manufacturer based in Bedford, Pennsylvania, has debuted its Wear Pin technology, designed to allow operators to determine how much wear life remains in a part by looking at it. When a moldboard, blade, liner or wear plate wears to a specific point, contrasting Wear Pins appear, signaling the need for maintenance or replacement in the future.  

The amount of wear over a certain period of time in a certain location, can also be determined with the technology. Different materials can also be easily evaluated and tested in specific applications.

“We created this technology for two reasons,” says Bill Pratt of Rockland Manufacturing. “First, to prevent unscheduled downtime due to equipment failure by using a visual indicator of wear and second, to eliminate the need for multiple manpower-intensive ultrasonic inspections.”  

When the steel structure of a bucket or blade wears thin, cracks appear that may not be perceptible upon visual inspection. If the cracks aren’t properly repaired in a timely manner, they will continue to grow. Designed to eliminate the need for continual ultrasonic inspections assessing the extent of cracks, the Wear Pins installed directly in the bucket shell, blade moldboard or any liner component during manufacturing become visible when the steel has worn to a point at which operators should schedule maintenance or prepare for replacement.

“When buckets or blades wear thin and cracks start to occur, repairs can get costly, especially considering the potential loss of production,” Pratt says. “Unplanned downtime is the enemy of profitability for any equipment fleet and Rockland’s Wear Pin technology is a direct response to combat the unexpected.”

Wear Pin technology is currently available for excavator buckets, loader buckets, dozer blades and liners used across the heavy equipment realm, including mining, quarries, aggregate, waste handling, demolition and logging applications. Wear Pin technology is also available for truck bodies, dump beds, chutes and other tools.