Many companies must transport products from place to place to keep business running smoothly. One common method of doing this is using carts and racks. However, traveling over rough outdoor terrain and uneven flooring can cause jarring that damages or disrupts the sensitive loads inside carts or racks. Shock-reducing caster wheels offer a solution to this problem.
Reduces Body Roll
A caster is a wheeled device mounted to a larger object (such as a cart or equipment) to enable easy rolling movement. Casters are available in various load capacities and materials, from heavy-duty polyurethane to high-performance aluminum.
In many industries, easily transporting equipment from one location to another is vital for maintaining productivity and efficiency. However, if the casters used on carts and other equipment are not properly designed, they may create an unsafe workplace that can lead to damage or injury.
Shock reducing casters can help prevent this by absorbing the impact of bumps and cracks in the floor or pavement when moving carts or other equipment over them. This helps reduce the vibration and noise created during transit, reducing the risk of damage to sensitive equipment. In addition, a quality shock-reducing caster will have an engineered deflection range that effectively absorbs vibration for all payloads.
Unlike traditional casters, which create noise when they hit the ground, shock-reducing casters deflect and absorb impact to protect equipment and cargo. Specifically, these casters contain springs built into the wheel to mitigate vibrations during movement.
This helps reduce the impact of jolts on carts and other equipment, which can damage their contents and increase the risk of workplace injuries for employees. These casters also help minimize noise pollution in sensitive environments, such as hospitals that need to meet HCAHPS requirements or manufacturing plants that want to keep decibel levels low for worker comfort and productivity.
For example, hospitals have several types of equipment, including gurneys, beds, IV poles, and ventilators that must be moved around. Choosing a heavy-duty caster that’s durable, shock-absorbing, and includes braking and locking features can ensure that these pieces of equipment move smoothly throughout the facility without disturbing patients or disrupting workers. The same is true for other facilities that require large waste containers like trash gondolas or industrial equipment such as computer mainframes and towers, point-of-purchase displays, and storage equipment.
Excessive noise isn’t just an annoyance in manufacturing facilities; it poses a real risk to employees’ health and facility productivity. Studies show excessive noise can cause hearing loss, stress-related illnesses, and lower employee morale.
Using these casters can greatly improve employees’ experience in sensitive environments, as they’ll be less jolted when moving equipment over rough surfaces. Additionally, these casters are much quieter than traditional metal or steel wheels. This makes them a great option for aerospace settings, as they can reduce the noise level to protect workers’ hearing while allowing equipment to be moved and repositioned quickly. They can also minimize the impact of movement on delicate or sensitive cargo, preventing damage during transportation.
Many facilities use carts, dollies, and gondolas to move equipment around their facility. These vehicles often jolt from side to side when encountering uneven floors, debris, and other obstacles. Using shock-reducing casters makes it easy to reduce this impact and protect your cargo.
Traditionally, these casters have springs built separately from the wheels. As they move, the elastomer springs compress and extend as needed. This creates some vibration and noise transfer between the wheel and the load, but it is less than with conventional casters.
Shock-reducing casters are designed to prevent the aeration of hydraulic fluid. They reduce air infiltration and maintain atmospheric pressure, improving oil quality and increasing the lifespan of your equipment. This also helps keep your workers safe and increases workplace efficiency. Shock-reducing casters are ideal for medical and laboratory equipment, computer mainframes and towers, point-of-purchase displays, storage equipment, food processing equipment, and more.