Caster Tips & Insight
Are you searching for an industrial caster that can safely handle 15,000 pounds or more? Are you having trouble solving a specific problem such as difficult swiveling, protection of payload, overall height constraints, extreme heat, rough floor conditions or high maintenance cost? There is an industrial caster on the market for you. A 15,000 pound or greater capacity application is a tough extreme caster application and with the right combination of materials, bearings, swivel leads, and overall height you can solve most any material handling problem that you may encounter. Below is a summary of products characteristics that should assist in the specification of an appropriate product.
The selection of the proper industrial caster for your application, while not difficult takes some basic knowledge of the application to assure a caster that function properly while providing the longevity in the application. Time and money invested in the upfront planning will assure that the product, when purchased, will provide many years of performance with normal maintenance costs.
The selection of wheel covering on an industrial caster is a crucial part of selecting a product that will provide many years of superior performance. The selection of an inappropriate material can lead to safety issues, inferior performance, or damage to the associated floors and tracks. Below I have outlined 5 key points that must be considered prior to putting an industrial caster or wheel into service. If you are unable to work through these tips, do not get frustrated but instead contact a reputable caster and wheel manufacturer to assure proper selection (Caster Concepts)
When speaking of Forged Steel Wheels and Cast Iron Wheels it is important for you to first understand the process that these wheels are manufactured. Let’s review each process prior to discussing how the manufacturing process dictates the advantages and disadvantages of each wheel in and industrial caster and wheel application.
The use of a wheel of some configuration on a standard or custom track is a very common application for an industrial caster and wheel product. When utilizing track wheels there are a few basic rules that you should follow no matter what the product application is.
When one begins the caster selection process for an industrial application, there are a series of key items that should be considered to assure that the casters can withstand the most strenuous aspects of that application. It is not the purpose of this article to cover the details of the process of specifying casters but instead to point out some very key items that should be considered prior to the purchase of these items. Industrial casters that are properly specified should provide an extended life with minimal maintenance and upkeep.
When one begins to select the casters needed for an industrial application. There are a series of key items that should be considered to assure that the casters can withstand the most difficult applications. It is not the purpose of this article to cover detail of the process of specifying caster but instead to point our some very key items that should be considered prior to the purchase of these items. Industrial casters that are properly specified should provide an extended life of minimal maintenance and upkeep.
When designing an industrial caster for applications with higher temperatures (most casters are designed to function in an environment that does not exceed 150 degrees F), 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.
When equipping an industrial cart or truck with heavy duty casters, there are many different combinations that can be used to gain certain steering or handling characteristics. This article will discuss some of the more common caster combinations used as well as their properties, benefits, and drawbacks.