A large boat storage facility came to Caster Concepts because they were out of storage space. When the name of the game is getting as many boats stored as you can, both safely and efficiently, this was a big problem. And because their storage racks were full, the only way to fit more boats into the building was to put them on mobile cradles.
This led to another challenge. The company had a few cradles, but they were hard to move with the current casters on them, so they were mostly unuseable. Ultimately, the company was at a standstill for growth until they could find a solution to move the boats around the facility with ease. And until a solution was found, the company was losing thousands in potential revenue every month.
The solution to this problem was determined after understanding the scope of what the casters needed to accomplish. We discussed the surface these would be rolling on, the weight on each cradle, how far the cradles needed to be moved, and how often that move would happen.
With the facts in hand, the best solution was Caster Concept’s 81 series casters with an HD T/R 95 polyurethane wheel. With a 10,000 lb. per caster capacity, the 81 Series Kingpinless Casters feature a unique single-ball race design, which provides a high-strength swivel section.
The 81 Series caster was chosen for being a straightforward, tough caster designed for shock-loading applications such as when a boat is lowered onto a cart. In addition, the T/R 95 poly tread offers high tear resistance and greater strength in demanding conditions.
This setup gave the boating facility the load capacity needed while keeping the cradles at a low center of gravity, allowing them to roll easily and with much less force than the old casters. The Kingpinless swivel section also enabled easier maneuvering and would stand up to all abuse that the casters experienced.
The company doubled its capacity of moving boats using the cradles, and in doing so, they increased monthly storage income by 10,000 per month — resulting in a total return on investment of 500% in the first year.
Regarding injuries and lost productivity, you can say that ship has sailed. After the first year’s significant ROI, subsequent years saw a $120,000.00 increase in profit each year. Not only did the company turn considerable profits in choosing the right casters for the job, but it also decreased potential injury threats from the strains the cart operators were experiencing when moving these boats throughout the facility.