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Challenge:

A hand truck producer was manufacturing a new type of wheel for a powered hand truck. The customer wanted to improve the appearance of the threads and the durability of the product.

The producer was considering a supplier that used a rubber molding process and Caster Concepts which would use one of its subsidiary businesses, Reaction Industries, to develop a tread using polyurethane developed by its engineers.

Solution:

The hand truck producer chose Caster Concepts for this project because CCI could be more competitive on the tooling by using the urethane process. Caster Concepts offered engineering development and managed the supply chain to hand them a complete wheel assembly. As part of the job, CCI engineered and manufactured their own sand cast tooling and polyurethane molds. CCI developed a custom polyurethane spin molding process to ensure that the wheels were processed with good quality.