In any manufacturing operation, efficiency is critical – moving components with precision, from point A to B, can literally make the difference when meeting critical deadlines and ensuring employee safety and productivity.
In previous blogs, we have discussed how choosing the right heavy-duty caster for the job can be a key component to manufacturing efficiency. Often overlooked, however, is the manner in which these industrial casters are mounted.
It's easy to assume that by mounting the heavy-duty casters at the outermost edges of your transport, you'll get the most bang for your buck. However, in our experience, we've found that there are several mounting combinations – aimed at gaining certain steering or handling characteristics – that can improve the performance of your industrial caster wheels.
For your consideration, we present the top five, along with their properties, benefits and drawbacks.
1. 4-Wheel Non-Tilt (Figure 1):
2. Four-Wheel Caster Steer (Figure 2):
3. Four-Wheel Diamond Pattern (Figure 3):
4. Wagon Type (Fifth Wheel Steer) (Figure 4):
5. 6-Wheel Tilt or Non-Tilt (Figure 5):