Industrial casters come in many shapes, sizes, and styles—how do you pick the best type for your particular demands? Here are some factors to consider as you shop around:
- Load Capacity: While all industrial casters are designed to move heavy burdens with ease, some can withstand more weight than others. Make sure you know both the empty load weight of the instrument the casters will be going on and the maximum weight capacity to be transported. Depending on the application, you may need to increase the number of wheels or upgrade to a heavier-duty style.
- Bearing Types: Casters come in many different bearing types, including ball bearing, roller bearing, plain bearing, and tapered bearing. All have their advantages and disadvantages, so you’ll want to do your research to determine the style that is right for your application.
- Wheel Application: Some wheels are designed to go fast; others are designed to go slow. The speed of your operation will determine whether you should pick high-speed single flange wheels or slow-speed double-flanged wheels.
- Materials and Dimensions: The materials used and dimensions of industrial casters vary widely. Will your casters have to withstand extreme temperatures? Will they be fitted to a rail track? Talk to an expert about these considerations and many more to determine the ideal design for your product.