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Five Reasons to Use a Polyurethane Caster Wheel in a Heavy Duty Industrial Wheel and Caster Application

Polyurethane tires are a popular wheel tread for use on industrial wheels, whether it is in a caster application or drive wheel applications. There are many great reasons to choose polyurethane tires for an industrial wheel or caster application. This article will discuss some of the reasons why polyurethane tires are a popular choice.

1. Noise Reduction

Polyurethane tires are a popular choice in industrial applications because of their quietness in operation when compared to harder wheels such as steel or cast iron.  The polyurethane acts as a shock absorber and helps to cushion the ride and absorb bumps from uneven terrain.  The noise levels can be reduced dramatically when using polyurethane instead of steel or cast iron wheels, which can help protect your employees hearing.

2. Load Bearing Capability

Polyurethane tires are also often utilized for their load bearing capacity when compared to rubber.  Polyurethane can provide a greater load bearing capacity while still providing the benefits of a rubber tread, such as noise reduction, shock absorption, and floor protection.

3. Coefficient of Friction

Another benefit to polyurethane tires in industrial applications is the coefficient of friction of the material.  Polyurethane tends to be a grippy material and can help keep towed carts right-side up, where sliding can be a problem for harder wheel materials. It also provides good traction to drive wheels and helps to reduce the amount of load on the wheel to achieve the desired driving force.

4. Floor Protection

Polyurethane tires are also chosen in applications where floor protection is critical.  The polyurethane will deflect and create a much larger footprint than harder wheel materials, such as nylon.  This larger area helps reduce the stress concentration on floors and keep the floors in better shape for a longer period of time.  So if your floors are expensive and critical to your operation, a polyurethane tire may be the correct choice for your application.

5. Resistance to Corrosion

There are many different types of polyurethanes that have varying levels of resistance to certain chemicals, solvents, or even water.  In humid or wet environments, polyurethane can be chosen that will not break down or corrode in the presence of water.  In other environments where chemical exposure is a problem, a different type of polyurethane can be used to prolong the life of the industrial wheel.

Polyurethane tires have many benefits in industrial wheel and caster applications, and the reasons above discuss some of the more popular ones.  Polyurethanes can provide resistance to corrosion, floor protection, and noise reduction all while providing a material that can handle a lot of capacity.  Switching to a polyurethane tire could have a dramatic impact on the success of your operation.

The engineer group at Caster Concepts can assist you in selecting the polyurethane wheel that best fits your needs. When an educated decision is made up front utilizing all the important data you will provide your operation with many years of low maintenance and worry free operation.

At Caster Concepts we can you help you properly spec out a polyurethane tire for your industrial caster application.  Caster Concepts is an ISO 9001-2000 certified designer and manufacturer of a comprehensive line of industrial casters, ranging from a medium-duty series to a heavy-duty series to meet any application. CCI also manufactures caster wheels to withstand impact, corrosion, temperature extremes and chemicals found in harsh industrial environments. These multi-functional casters and wheels serve a variety of applications in the industrial, automotive, food service, aerospace, material handling and other demanding markets.

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