LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Meritor has introduced a second-generation version of its aftermarket PlatinumShield brake shoe coating that prevents rust-jacking.
PlatinumShield II was introduced at Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week three years after the introduction of its popular first-generation version, which went on to sell more than 15 million units.
“At the product’s introduction three years ago, we began developing a second-generation of platinum coating, fully mindful of the harsh liquid chemicals used in winter road solvents to melt snow and ice,” said Tim Bauer, senior director, undercarriage products, Meritor. “Our PlatinumShield II is a new formula designed for today’s demanding climate.”
The new version is identifiable by its lighter platinum gray colour, the company says. It’ll be applied to new aftermarket brake shoes with reduced stopping distance friction materials. It will also be used on remanufactured brake shoes.
The coating resists micro-abrasion caused by the movement of the brake lining against the shoe table during normal use, preventing rust-jacking, which occurs when rust forms on bare shoe metal under the lining, causing it to lift and crack.
“The real benefit to our customers is lower overall maintenance costs,” Bauer said. “The elimination of premature brake jobs resulting from cracked linings will make fleets using these shoes more competitive.”
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