Meritor Inc. is making PlatinumShield II coating available for its new lined aftermarket brakes. The special coating will be available on all new, lined brake shoes, except those with EG and EG2 friction materials.
"Our customers in the aftermarket kept insisting that we make this innovative breakthrough product available on new shoes, not just remanufactured shoes," said Tim Bauer, director, Undercarriage Products, Meritor Aftermarket. Meritor will not provide unlined brakes shoes to the market with PlatinumShield II. Unlined brake shoes will continue to be available with black e-coat paint only.
Previously, the company made this unique coating, which is designed to fight rustjacking corrosion caused by harsh winter road salt and solvents, available only on remanufactured brake shoes for the aftermarket and Original Equipment (OE) truck and trailer brake shoes.
PlatinumShield coating was developed by Meritor to resist micro-abrasion caused by the movement of the brake lining against the shoe table during normal use. Rustjacking occurs when rust forms on bare shoe metal under the lining, causing the lining to lift and crack.
The warranty against rustjacking will be identical that of the remanufactured shoes: three years/300,000 miles (parts only). The company will replace any new lined brake shoe with PlatinumShield II coating, purchased from Meritor Aftermarket, that exhibits signs of rustjacking. Aftermarket part numbers for Meritor new lined brakes shoes and shoe box kits have not changed. Brake shoe and shoe box kit labels will contain the PlatinumShield II logo.
Begins production of PlatinumShield II
Due to growth of remanufactured component sales, Meritor invested $2.7 million in equipment for Plainfield, Ind. facility.