Ergonomic Casters Education

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IF YOU PUSH OR PULL ANYTHING, YOU ARE AT RISK OF A DEBILITATING INJURY

CASTER ERGONOMICS

When we say the word “ergonomics” in the context of manufacturing or industrial business, we are normally talking about pushing, pulling, or lifting. Plainly put, when you do work with pushing, pulling, or lifting, particularly with heavy weight, you are at risk of injury. When it comes to pushing or pulling, your back is the most likely part of your body to receive a debilitating injury. When you improve ergonomics, you lessen the likelihood of injuring your back, and that is the aim of this information hub.

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UNDERSTANDING AND IMPROVING ERGONOMICS

SO, HOW SERIOUS, LIKELY, AND COSTLY ARE BACK INJURIES?

When we look at MSDs (Musculoskeletal Disorders), basically injuries to your bones, muscles, and joints, the total cost each year is estimated to be at least $50 billion, but this is only the dollar amount; the pain and effect on the lives of those who suffer from these injuries is much higher. Back injuries are a significant portion of these specific injuries.

UNDETECTED BACK INJURIES AND PUSH/PULL ISSUES

Back injuries affect every aspect of your business and life. In material handling, you’ll be transporting your product on carts of some sort. If you push or pull these carts at all by hand, you’ll be using your back in the same way thousands of times, and the worst part is that you won’t be able to recognize that you’re injuring your back until it’s too late. The amount of force required to push or pull (push/pull) can be changed with different types of equipment, but first you need to get an accurate reading, and second, you need to know exactly what guidelines to follow.

SEE THE MOST RECENT PUSH/PULL GUIDELINES HERE

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SEE THE MOST RECENT PUSH/PULL GUIDELINES HERE

IMPROVING ERGONOMICS: CASTERS

Once you know how serious and prevalent back injuries are, understand how to measure push/pull, and know what standards to follow, you can look for ways to improve your ergonomics, specifically in push/pull. Casters are the primary way to improve push/pull performance as they are the direct link to the ground and are inherently effective at allowing you to maintain your ergonomic changes because they are integrated easily and effortlessly.

HOW TO KNOW IF A CASTER IS AN ERGONOMIC CASTER

Casters vary tremendously in quality and in their ability to improve ergonomics. Just imagine taking off the casters from your BBQ at home and putting them on your industrial work cart. Needless to say, you can envision what would happen. Your ergonomics would not improve to say the least. Many qualities make up an ergonomic caster, but 3 are very important: durometer, rebound resilience, and swivel lead.

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RESHAPE YOUR FACILITY AND PROTECT YOUR EMPLOYEES

Over the past 30 years, we’ve worked closely with tens of thousands of clients. We spend hours inside of the facilities of our clients and see the direct affect of new casters on the lives of those people working hard each day. We tailor our products to the unique needs of our clients so that they can be safe, avoid downtime, and overall just have more joy at work. The products below offer you specific advantages.

CC Apex

OUR MOST VERSATILE ERGONOMIC CASTER

The CC Apex uses a doughnut tread, which means that the center is the most elevated part of the wheel. This allows you to navigate over debris with ease, achieve excellent push/pull thresholds, and use this caster in towlines as well as manual applications.

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CC Apex

Qualities of CC Apex include:

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Incredible versatility

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Industry-leading push/pull

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Excels in towlines

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Excellent for debris & impediments

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For moderate weights

CC NYLEX

OUR BEST ERGONOMIC CASTER FOR CLEAN FLOORS

The CC Nylex has a higher durometer (is a harder wheel), which means that this caster has extremely good push/pull. In fact, it’s our best ergonomic caster for clean floors. Harder casters with a flat tread do not perform as well with debris, so choose accordingly.

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CC NYLEX

Qualities of CC Nylex include:

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The best caster for push/pull with clean floors


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NOT for use in towlines

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NOT well-suited for debris & impediments

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Heavy weights

CC STARK

OUR BEST CASTER FOR PUSH/PULL & TOWLINES

The CC Stark is THE premiere caster for towlines and push/pull applications. If you use casters in towlines, but you still need excellent ergonomics with heavy weights, this is your caster. The CC Stark also has the best warranty in the industry at 4 years.

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CC STARK
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Very good push/pull



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Extremely good in towlines

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Can handle some debris & impediments

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Heavy Weights

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The best total cost of ownership (4-year warranty)

CC PEAK

HIGHEST QUALITY MAINTENANCE-FREE CASTER RIG

The CC Peak is an incredibly smooth maintenance-free caster rig. This means that you get a caster that has extremely low push/pull force but also virtually no upkeep. So, you can attach the casters, and forget they’re there, except for the great daily performance.

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CC PEAK
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Maintenance-free (means set it, and forget it)




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Absurdly smooth and highly ergonomic

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Suited for towlines as well as push/pull applications

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Moderate & heavy weights

LET'S PREVENT LIFE-ALTERING BACK INJURIES TOGETHER

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We've helped our clients transform their operations ergonomically for over 30 years, and because of this, we understand that each facility and situation is different




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We create completely customized and comprehensive ergonomic plans to guarantee your immediate success.

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Suited for towlines as well as push/pull applications

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We'll do the work. You'll take all the credit! Work with your personal Regional Solutions Manager today.



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