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Conversion Drive Caster® Makes Building Boats Much Easier

Conversion Drive Caster® Makes Building Boats Much Easier

Customer: One of the largest manufacturers of Boats and Yachts

Application: 3o foot long carts used to carry 14,000 lb load of dies and castings from the press to stamping

Problem: These long carts had to be moved down a long narrow hall way by pushing them length wise, then shift 90 degrees and pushed width wise down a wider hall way (see image below). Maneuvering was very tight making it extremely difficult. Several different ideas were attempted, including having multiple employees push the carts, pushing with a fork lift, and using straps to pull and guide while other employees pushed. This was an extremely inefficient process, with a very high risk of a variety of injuries.  

Carts were pushed through a narrow hallway then shift 90 degrees and pushed sideways


Solution: Our engineers surveyed the facility and identified the best resolution to be the implementation of two Conversion Drive Casters® in order to allow for a high level of steering control when maneuvering in the restricted space. By implementing two Conversion Drive Casters on the tail end of the carts, we were able to move the carts effortlessly and steer with great precision, allowing for two operators to maneuver through the turn with much less difficulty and much less effort. 

Result: Movement of these carts could now be done by two people instead of several, and the risk of injury due to overexertion was eliminated. Productivity increased, while operators were pleased that such a grueling task, was now so much easier.


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