New To Casters and Caster Wheels?
There are many questions new customers have when choosing heavy duty casters and wheels. What does a caster cost? How do you solve applications involving extreme stress or special considerations to ensure better profitability? And how does all this help me determine which heavy duty or ergonomic casters and wheels I need?
Looking for Special or Custom Casters?
Whether the need is for a unique solution or challenge, we can easily accommodate your custom caster requirements, including polyurethane processing.
And while this might sound expensive, our tailored manufacturing process is so refined that tailored caster pricing is practically the same as standard off-the-shelf casters.
If you’re looking to become a caster guru, this is the place for you. Understanding the various caster components is crucial for the selection process. These resources are the same resources that are utilized for training our new caster representatives.
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Solutions for All Industries
Automotive manufacturing is an extremely competitive industry, one that is constantly looking to increase productivity and gain greater efficiency while maintaining high standards for quality and safety.
This is an industry where casters play an important role, and one that Caster Concepts excels in.
When carts are required to carry heavier loads without increasing the force to move them, our casters reduce friction and eliminate scrubbing for improved efficiency and safety. At one automotive plant, our ERGOXCEL casters were used to reduce push force and associated productivity loss from injury, reduce the number of carts required to move products, while eliminating maintenance. In total, the company realized a savings of more than $400,000.
Aerospace is a diverse and demanding industry. Platforms used in aircraft and spacecraft assembly must be able to handle hundreds of thousands of pounds while maneuvering safely and efficiently. While outside, ground support equipment is needed to transport in all kinds of environmental conditions. Caster Concepts offers a complete line of aerospace industry casters that are up to par for the grueling demands of aerospace applications, including a complete line of aluminum casters that are lightweight and corrosion-resistant, yet durable.
Quick turnaround is also a key benefit for our customers. For example, to help an aerospace launch company complete a delayed rocket build while waiting weeks for casters from another manufacturer, Caster Concepts delivered the needed casters within a week. This helped get the rocket completed ahead of schedule and saved the aerospace company more than $2 million.
Manufacturers of marine and leisure vehicles have relied on Caster Concepts for help in improving safety, increasing productivity, and solving unique challenges that arise during the production process.
For example, the load weight and length of carts used in the assembly process of large boats posed a great challenge for the operators at a manufacturing facility, and safety was a primary concern. This challenge led to the development and implementation of our Conversion Drive Caster. Another challenge involved a shipyard that needed casters designed for a mobile Gantry frame. Once speed, load, and duty cycle was determined, the Gantry was equipped which our 81 Series Kingpinless Casters.
In addition to a full line of industrial casters offering benefits such as ergonomics to extreme weight capacities, Caster Concepts also has a large selection of corrosion-resistant casters perfect for challenging marine environments. We are here to help you keep the manufacturing process shipshape.
In the tire manufacturing industry, as many as two hundred raw materials go into making a tire. These materials are transported to prep zones, storage areas, and the tire building machines themselves. This task involves using several material handling carts that deal with heavy loads and any number of scrap debris on the floor.
Caster Concepts has worked with many tire manufacturing plants to help them solve issues related to higher load capacities, overexertion, floor debris, and high-temperature environments. A great example is our 77 Series Dual Roll Ball Bearing with Twergo Wheels, which helped one company reduce push force in half. The in-house manufacturing of our poly tread formulations also helped to minimize wheel debris pickup, reducing rollability issues and providing longer life to caster wheels.
Agriculture and Heavy Equipment
The type of equipment required to build and maintain the heavy equipment of today needs to be as rugged and reliable as the cranes, tractors, bulldozers, and other heavy equipment themselves. Everything is bigger in the world of heavy equipment manufacturing, and that means substantial weight capacities that need to be moved safely, yet efficiently.
Workflow optimization is a greater challenge when parts weigh hundreds, even thousands of pounds. Carts and carriers are taxed with supporting massive loads, creating challenges and safety concerns. To help keep this industry moving, Caster Concepts designs casters and wheels specifically for these types of applications.
In one notable instance, a large equipment manufacturer who switched to our ERGOXCELTM wheels– after constantly replacing inexpensive phenolic wheels — realized a yearly savings of $236,000 and recouped their investment in 4 months.
AGV Casters and Conveyors
Productivity gains are always on the top of everyone’s minds. That’s why Caster Concepts has caster wheels designed to save battery life and reduce motor torque on AGVs. These wheels also allow for more precise movements with little vehicle sway, allowing AGVs to move heavier loads without needing larger drive systems.
Casters like our 97 and 97HD Series feature a smooth swivel action combined with an extended lead. This design helps to lower ergonomic forces and minimize costly employee injuries. These types of wheels provide better rolling ability for AGV carts and enable a motorized platform to be equipped with a smaller battery while carrying heavier loads.
Caster Concepts can help you determine the best ergonomic caster and caster wheel for your application. With proper ergonomic casters, you can realize a better ROI through fewer injury claims and less downtime by reducing the initial, continuous, and turning push/pull force of your material handling carts.
Warehouse and Distribution Centers
Sound ergonomic practices can make or break a warehousing or distribution center’s bottom line. Using the right material handling equipment is essential for creating the safest possible ergonomic environment in any organization. Caster Concepts offers a wide variety of high-quality ergonomic products proven to lower required push and pull forces and the associated costs from injuries. Not to mention extending the life of batteries on motorized vehicles.
In one instance, the largest yarn distributor in North America put TwergoTM Lite wheels against two other competitors’ ergonomic wheels similar in price, and Twergo Lite wheels were a clear choice. The significant reduction in push force allowed everyone to push a loaded cart without injury, increasing productivity substantially.
Ground Support Equipment
The ground support equipment industry requires the “beyond standard” durability that Caster Concepts offers. Whether it’s a luggage cart, cargo deck, cargo dollie, aircraft maintenance stand, or other related equipment, if it moves on wheels, it must withstand the elements and the constant wear and tear it undergoes daily.
Harsh weather environments brought upon by rain and snow, or hot and frigid temperatures make choosing the right caster an important one for longevity and performance. Add in uneven surfaces and imperfections this equipment is moving across, and you’ll find choosing a ground support caster or wheel from Caster Concepts can help you avoid a bumpy ride in more ways than one.
A good example: An AGV manufacturer transporting multi-million dollar jet engines needed shock-absorbing casters that could handle a weight capacity of 25,000 lbs. Our Dual Wheel Shock Absorbing Casters with fully independent suspension was chosen. These heavy-duty casters ensured all the vehicle’s wheels stayed on the ground and kept the cart level. They also alleviated any excessive stress that could be put on just one wheel.
Customers Achieving Success
From our very beginning, Caster Concepts has always sought to be a good corporate neighbor. The City of Albion is where we are from; it’s where our employees live and raise their families and it’s because of those employees and this City that we grew into the company we are today.
With that in mind, Caster Cares™ came to fruition to serve the greater good. The purpose of Caster Cares™ is to promote positive and measurable change to Albion and the surrounding area. We believe that when you support your community, in return you have a supportive community.