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Conceptual Innovations Develops Omni-Directional Drive Platform, Forging a New, More Cost-Effective Path for Manufacturers

August 13, 2020


Albion, MI – Conceptual Innovations, an engineering, consulting and custom manufacturing firm powered by Caster Concepts (, announced the development of the Omni-Directional Heavy Duty Drive System able to move up to 40,000 pounds and maneuver in narrow aisleways.
This new technology, based on the company’s patent-pending, omni-directional drive, showcases the latest innovation in material handling for industrial manufacturers. The battery-powered, wirelessly controlled platform allows manufacturers to bypass the use of expensive cranes and forklifts that only certain operators are trained to maneuver.
The platform can move even the most delicate parts, such as an airplane fuselage, and position them precisely.  The omni-directional platform, originally designed to transport the hull of a military vehicle, has been used by automobile manufacturers, spacecraft engineers and the marine industry. Engineers designed the platform so that it’s affordable and easy to transport, fitting snugly on a flat-bed truck for convenient shipment across the country.
“The platform and cart provide a safer, more efficient work environment,” said Elmer Lee, Ph.D., director of engineering for Conceptual Innovations and Caster Concepts. “It’s fully customizable and something we can produce with the capabilities of our plant in Albion. Such technology has only been available in Europe and Asia, making it an expensive alternative for many U.S. manufacturers until now.”
The Conceptual Innovations Omni-Directional Heavy Duty Drive System features the following:
·       Four drive system pods that rotate 210 degrees independently.
·       Drive system pods that move in all degrees within a horizontal plane.
·       Extra-heavy-duty dual-wheel casters designed for heavy load capacity.
·       A wireless controller featuring a three-axis joystick and a slow/fast and e-stop selection.

About Caster Concepts

Caster Concepts, located in Albion, Michigan, is one of the country’s leading providers of standard and custom caster wheels. Proudly built in America, these caster products ranging from medium-duty series to heavy-duty series to meet any application. Companies depend on the many ergonomic innovations of Caster Concepts to help them increase productivity and reduce the risk of worker injury. Caster Concepts also manufactures caster wheels to withstand impact, corrosion, temperature extremes and chemicals found in harsh industrial environments. Caster Concepts is ISO 9001-2008 certified and offers one of the industry’s shortest lead times, making them the premier choice for many industries.

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