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In industrial caster applications that are manually operated, ergonomics is always a concern. Ergonomics is the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. Properly designed ergonomic casters are necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability. Proper ergonomic design can relieve stress, keeping the workforce healthier while gaining more productivity. The ease of starting a cart, equipped with industrial casters, in motion or the ease of turning a cart is affected by many different aspects of the caster design. Ergonomic Casters continued…

Choosing Casters & Wheels to Meet Specific Loading Conditions

When designing an industrial caster for applications with higher temperatures, many different aspects of the caster must be taken into account. Applications involving increased temperatures can have many effects on an industrial caster’s performance, such as reduced operating life, increased maintenance, or premature failure. Different examples of industrial caster applications involving higher temperature include the use in autoclaves, bakeries, curing ovens, etc. This article will discuss the use of different materials used in the manufacture of industrial casters at elevated temperatures. Choosing Casters & Wheels continued…

Caster Flutter

Caster flutter is a phenomenon in which a swivel caster is harmonically excited such that it begins to swing uncontrollably from side to side as the wheel rolls forward. Caster flutter results in excessive noise, increased wear on all bearing elements and loss of tracking and control of the dolly or cart. Caster Flutter continued..

When to Use Dual Wheel Casters

There are four key scenarios that dictate the use of a dual wheel caster in an industrial application. There are certainly others situations but these are the ones that are felt to be the most applicable to a daily discussion. When to Use Dual Wheels continued…

High Profile Polyurethane Tires

Nearly 70% of all heavy duty industrial casters are manufactured with some type of polyurethane wheel. The most common polyurethane wheel would have a tread of approx 0.375 inch. thick. This would be considered as a standard tire tread (polyurethane) and is used in a variety of heavy duty applications. The alternative to the standard tread thickness would be a high profile treaded tire. High profile polyurethane tires generally have a 1.25-1.75 inch. thick tire. High Profile Poly Tires continued

Swivel Lead Impacts Caster Performance

Consideration of the appropriate swivel lead is an important aspect to achieving the correct and desired performance for industrial casters. It is important to this discussion that one first understands the definition of swivel lead. The swivel lead of a caster is the distance from the vertical centerline of the caster swivel section to the vertical centerline of the wheel. Swivel lead can also be referred to as swivel offset or swivel radius. Swivel Lead Caster Performance continued…

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