All About Casters for Fabrication
Metal fabrication shops are facing a number of pressures that affect their ability to efficiently fulfill orders, maintain quality, expand profitability and satisfy customer expectations. Improving the casters on the OEM carts that you custom fabricate for your customers helps them maintain uptime, protect worker safety, lower maintenance costs and plenty more. Learn more from our fabrication content hub below by accessing our FREE whitepaper, solutions brochure, podcast, videos and more.
Fabrication Challenges and Pain Points
We understand the challenges and pain points of our fabrication partners because of our decades of experiences partnering together.
The resources and links below are in place to help aid in combatting these challenges:
Debris that embeds into a caster wheel's tread can increase rolling resistance, worsen push/pull. increase operating noise, and damage flooring.
In forklift-free operations, multiple carts/dollies are expected to transport heavy cargo - fast. Implementing the proper caster can prevent costly production line shutdown.
Transporting Heavy Weight
Manufacturers are adding more weight to production to boost efficiency and ROI. Therefore it is important to use casters that can handle demand without fail.
Manual push/pull or powered applications can be noisy when towed on improper casters. Noise level reduction of 10% or more is common when implementing correct caster solutions.
FREE FABRICATION WHITEPAPER
Discover how replacing commodity casters on OEM carts helps you custom-fabricate for your customers, improve product quality and maintain your reputation.
HELP YOUR CLIENTS TO:
- Increase facility productivity
- Improve worker safety
- Lower maintenance costs
- Avoid costly floor repairs
- Replace the casters on picker carts, platform trucks, tugger carts, and other material handling systems
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS FREE WHITEPAPER
How better casters increase uptime, improve safety, reduce noise, lower maintenance costs and improve productivity for your clients
Understanding commodity risk
Why most commodity casters fail prematurely, taking your clients' productive carts out of service
Ergonomic Injury Prevention
How cheap casters cause preventable lower-back injuries among your clients' workers
Why commodity casters cause expensive damage to your clients' floors
The Value of Rebound Resilience
How rebound resilience allows casters to repel debris and navigate over impediments
How to tell the difference between good and bad casters
FREE ON-DEMAND WEBINAR
ON A ROLL: How to Increase YOUR CLIENTS' Shop Productivity with Better Casters
Discover how better casters help your clients reduce injuries and improve operations
Proven Caster Solutions for Fabrication Include:
RECOMMENDED CASTER BRAND SOLUTIONS FOR FABRICATION
CC Apex’s polyurethane on aluminum ergonomic wheel design yields optimal performance and offers effortless navigation where precise movements are necessary. Available in 2” wide and 1-1/4” wide, CC Apex was designed to be strong and durable, improve pushing/pulling ergonomics, reject debris, perform quietly and cleanly, and reduce the need for maintenance. Visit ccApex.com for more information.
The CC Stout offers the same excellent high mobility and ergonomics as the CC Apex wheel, while capably carrying heavier weight loads. The alternative CC Stout HD series features a thicker polyurethane tread and thicker iron core for carrying even heavier weight loads. Visit ccStout.com for more information.
The CC Stark wheel is composed of high-quality reaction injected polyurethane (92 Shore A durometer) bonded to an aluminum core. Providing low rolling resistance, low noise, and extremely high load capacity compared to other 8” x 2” poly wheels, the CC Stark is the perfect solution for end users who need to move heavy weight at high speeds, and who want to reduce their maintenance and repair costs. Visit ccStark.com for more information.
The CC Alpha rig/fork is Caster Connection’s 2” wide kingpinless swivel offering. It is the best choice for towline applications, manual push/ pull conveyor applications, drag lines, maintenance carts, utility carts, dollies, racks, retail fixtures, and more.
The CC Peak maintenance-free swivel caster rig sets the gold standard for caster rigs/forks. Unlike kingpin or kingpinless rigs, this 2” wide maintenance-free swivel caster rig’s construction allows for even dispersion of load, which has an incredibly dramatic effect in reducing push/pull compared to other caster rigs. Visit ccPeak.com for more information.
Podcast: Industrial Automation and AGVs with JTEC
Joe and Eric of The Industrial Lens interview JTec Industries' V.P. of Sales, Curtis Harris and National Account Manager Automation, Boyd King.
The focus of this episode is on industrial automation, and touches on the benefits that automated guided vehicles (AGVs) can bring to an organization.
Visit TheIndustrialLens.com for more information and episodes from The Industrial Lens podcast series.
Casters for Fabrication Articles and Case Studies
The 3 Best Caster Wheels For Metal Fabrication Facilities (And Why!)
Complete safety is the underlying theme of building metal fabrication facilities of the future. Back in 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) handed out citations adding up to $7 million dollars across metal fabrication businesses nationwide.
Walking/working surfaces were one of the citation areas OSHA focused on. Using our expertise regarding walking surfaces and mobile applications, we share our insights on the top 3 highly recommended caster wheels for metal fabrication environments.
Case Study: CC Apex Wheels Perform on Debris-Heavy Floors with Spectacular Results
An auto manufacturer had a series of carts that operated in an area with lots of metal chips and debris on the floor. The application currently had in use polyolefin on polyurethane wheels that attached into the legs of the carts.
Over time, the wheels became inundated with debris from the floors and rendering them almost inoperable. The carts were extremely difficult to push and pull with items constantly fall off the shelves. Flooring in the facility was also being damaged due to the wheels scraping/dragging along the floor rather than rolling. Learn how we helped resolve this debris retention issue.
Case Study: How the CC Stark Has Performed for Case New Holland
Have you ever bought a product that claimed to be durable and high-performing, but then you found out how fragile and poor-quality it was? We’ve seen it dozens of times within the caster industry.
Case New Holland Grand Island needed a caster that was durable, versatile, and able to handle speed with heavy weight. They went with the CC Stark, and here’s what it gave them.