When selecting the appropriate caster for your specific application, it is important to consider the weight, the type of flooring or surface that the casters will be moving on, and the environment these will be used in.
A maintenance-free caster is a type of caster that does not require regular maintenance. The casters use ball bearings in the swivel section and in the wheels. The sealed precision ball bearings are pumped with grease and sealed on each side of the ball raceway. This process helps the seals lock in grease and prevent dirt or liquid from entering. Therefore, the caster does not require any lubrication during the lifespan of the caster.
By using a maintenance-free caster, you can reduce the frequency of failures and therefore minimize the downtime required for repairs or replacement. This can have a significant impact on the overall efficiency and productivity of your operators. You still should inspect the casters like your other casters on a regular basis.
Besides reducing the need for maintenance, these types of casters also minimize downtime and repairs. They are ideal for applications that require a high level of reliability and durability. These casters are commonly used in automotive, aerospace, and aircraft maintenance, and the two casters we talk about below accommodate high-speed and high-capacity applications.
Caster Concepts 87 and 97 maintenance-free casters can handle 5,000 lbs. per caster. They have a swivel section for smooth rotation and an extended lead to help lower ergonomic forces. Easier swiveling used in a powered application reduces the battery drain. For manual applications, think: “Move more parts on the same number of carts! Moving more with less ( because of the lowered push force needed to move the cart in the first place) makes them the ideal choice for a variety of applications. By using a maintenance-free caster, you can improve the efficiency and safety of your operations while reducing maintenance costs and downtime.
Companies are looking for Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to carry heavier loads and travel longer distances. Battery drain is a concern for most companies. Some tips to help reduce the drain on AGV batteries include performing regular maintenance, proper charging, and upgraded technology.
By installing our 87 or 97 series casters, you can remove the caster maintenance portion of this routine. AGVs are using upgraded technology as well by using newer battery technology. However, these batteries are also heavier, which increases the weight of the AGV prior to being loaded. Our 87 and 97 series casters are also ergonomically designed to reduce friction when moving, which helps offset the increased weight of these newer batteries.
Overall, maintenance-free casters can help improve operational efficiency, reduce costs associated with maintenance and repairs, and provide a longer service life compared to traditional casters that require regular maintenance.