CC Apex: Ergonomic Casters & Wheels in Industrial Manufacturing
The applications of many industrial manufacturing plants require the use of manually operated, hand-pushed carts. These carts are essential in carrying equipment and must be easy to maneuver for workers. In 2012, an industrial manufacturing plant approached Caster Connection for help with their carts, which workers complained were too difficult to push and pull.
After examining the carts and talking with the workers, one of Caster Connection’s Regional Solutions Managers (RSM) found that the problem was with the wheels and casters in the plant’s operations. The company was using off-brand casters and wheels recommended by other suppliers, which required extra force and time to move. Using his experience with clients in similar situations, the RSM recommended the CC Apex line of wheels for implementation in the plant’s operations.
Casters with CC Apex wheels were the proper product for the plant’s applications because of the ergonomic and debris-rejecting qualities of the wheel. The wheel is hard enough to make the carts easy to push and pull, but soft enough to not be damaged when rolling over debris, floor thresholds, etc. Another positive aspect of the CC Apex line is that they are available in 4” x 2”, 5” x 2”, 6” x 2” and 8” x 2”, meaning that the plant can use a uniform wheel type for their carts of varying load requirements.
The solution was simple. With the introduction of the CC Apex wheel to their carts, the plant reported factory-wide improvements. Workers were able to maneuver carts easier, saving them time and hassle while avoiding injury. Another improvement came via the consolidation of casters and wheels used. Using the same wheel on all carts as opposed to multiple brands created efficiencies by simplifying the ordering and maintenance processes. The plant continues to report satisfaction with their CC Apex wheels and their ease of use.