How to Choose a Caster Wheel for Maximum Productivity?

Jan 20, 2015

The various features of caster wheels need to be matched carefully with the application to ensure that they perform efficiently and provide maximum productivity. The wrong type of plastic wheel could negatively affect the application, reduce productivity, and increase costs. Thus, it is important to spend some time in choosing the right caster wheel.

Factors to Consider when Choosing Caster Wheels

The following factors need to be taken into consideration when choosing caster wheels for applications:

  • Safety. The first and foremost concern for any buyer or designer should be the safety of the product. This relates to the performance of the wheel in application. People operating machines with caster wheels might injure themselves if the application offers resistance. A wheel that reduces the risk of injury related to excessive strain can provide a safe working environment.
  • Ergonomics The ergonomics of the wheel will have a direct effect on the output. A well-designed wheel will reduce stress and fatigue related to startup and movement of the application.?
  • Rollability Generally, a large wheel will help in providing maximum ease of rollability. The size has to be chosen in accordance with your design. A larger wheel will be able to bear larger loads, thus increasing rollability and reducing human effort.
  • Floor Protection The wheels need to be chosen according to the floor or the surface on which they will operate. Wheels not designed for particular floors, could end up damaging the surface. The level of floor protection is dependent on the rollability factor of the wheel. The better the rolling function of the wheel, the smoother the traversing. Smooth movements ensures that the floor is protected at all times.
  • Capacity You need to look for a caster wheel that is able to handle the load of the application. What is considered ideal is picking a wheel that can bear loads slightly higher than the ones you will be employing. This helps in slowing down the process of wear and tear and protecting against miscalculations or any unforeseen circumstances.

The design, composition, and application can have a direct impact on the productivity of your application as well as that of your employee. The above factors will help you in choosing a wheel that works with maximum longevity and efficiency in a given application. If a wheel performs with increased efficiency and lasts a long time, it helps in reducing your overall costs.

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