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New drive platform debuts

January 14, 2020



Conceptual Innovations has released a new Omni-Directional Heavy Duty Drive System able to move up to 40,000 lb. (18,000 kg) and maneuver in narrow aisleways.

The new technology, based on the company’s patent-pending, omni-directional drive, consists of a battery-powered, wirelessly controlled platform which allows manufacturers to bypass the use of expensive cranes and forklifts that only certain staff are trained to operate.

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,” says Elmer Lee, director of engineering for Conceptual Innovations. “It’s fully customisable 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 US manufacturers until now.”

Conceptual Innovations is an engineering, consulting and custom manufacturing service that focuses on delivering cost-effective, technical solutions.

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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