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Case Study: Extremely Heavy-Duty Custom Casters for Steel Mill

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A steel mill needed to transport extremely large rolls of steel throughout their facility, including out doors to other buildings. In the past, they had used semi-trucks with trailers, which slowed production because maneuvering and movement was cumbersome and slow.

Engineers at the steel mill discovered Caster Concepts through an online search and challenged the engineering team at Caster Concepts to develop a better way to transport the steel rolls.

The steel mill created a custom transport vehicle that could carry multiple rolls at once. The vehicle with a load could weigh as much as 200,000 lbs, so the challenge for Caster Concepts was to develop wheels that can carry that load while being driven by a motor.

The Caster Concepts engineering team worked with the transport vehicle designers and developed a custom caster design that could carry the 200,000 lbs load that also incorporated a sprocket on the axle to drive movement.

The final product was a dual wheel, drive axle caster with a sprocket for a chain. The wheels were a total of 28 inches in diameter with 3-inch polyurethane that was custom formulated to achieve a 70D durometer and withstand some of the unique environmental challenges of the steel mill.

The caster was implemented successfully and led to improved productivity and eliminated the need for cumbersome semi-trucks to move the steel rolls.

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