Casters are used in many applications for easily moving things. That can be an office chair, a utility cart, a dolly, an entertainment center, or an IV pole in a medical setting. Crates can be made with casters so large items can be rolled instead of lifted. They swivel so maneuvering is effortless. While it is possible to get heavy-duty casters, most are designed for relatively light loads.
Interchangeable flying saucer ball transfer units are superior to casters for a few reasons. The first is they can move in all directions and change directions quickly. There will be zero jerking or hesitating when going from one direction to another. This alternative is ideal for loads in the 120 pound to 250 pound range and has a lower profile than casters.
Air Caster Decks are designed for much heavier loads. They can be permanently installed into the bed of a tractor trailer truck, a cargo plane, or loading dock. For versatile applications that may not always require the decks, portable ones are available as well. Weights of 550 to 850 pounds are easily accommodated by air cargo ball transfers in a variety of configurations.
The hollow transfer units are quiet and cause minimal vibrations without sacrificing durability. There are strategically placed weep holes on the moving pivots to keep dirt or debris from accumulating. Carbon steel, stainless steel, zinc-nickel, and aluminum are available materials. Custom decks and bearings can also be custom designed and manufactured to accommodate unique needs or innovative new applications.
Decks and bearings of this caliber are used in many different industries. International airports, conveyor companies, material handling, trucking, and glass and metal manufacturing are a few examples. Others include robotics, military logistics, medical devices and machinery, laser and plasma cutters, and department store fixtures.
They are being used more and more for caster substitution because of the increase in productivity and versatility. These products, which are made in America, are often less expensive than casters as well. The reduction in muscle strain, chronic pain, and acute injuries also contributes to lower operating costs. Gentle and continuous movement with minimal effort translates to fewer workplace injuries.