Casters are essential to material handling and although they may seem simple, there are many parts of this piece. Each part will affect the mobility of whichever object they’re attached to. If you’re curious to learn more about Casters and how they function, you’ve come to the right place!
The first type of caster we’re going to talk about is a swivel caster. It features a wheel mounted to a fork(or a horn), which is mounted to a swivel join that pivots. These specific casters are able to rotate a full 360º to allow the wheel to roll in all directions. The second type is a Rigid caster. These feature a wheel that is mounted to a stationary fork (a horn) and can only roll along a straight line path.
There are a few benefits to using Casters when handling material. The first is mobility, adding them to any equipment piece will make transporting it throughout a facility in order to much easier, supporting its processing and handling. Another major benefit is ergonomics- with them facilitating motion, they are able to decrease the physical strain on the individuals navigating these hauls. The last benefit is transportation. Casters make storage and the manufacturing process much simpler, since they help to expedite the travel process of these parts throughout the facility.
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