How to Reduce Noise and Vibration From Your Castors and Wheels
T Tracey Williams

How to Reduce Noise and Vibration From Your Castors and Wheels

Jun 10, 2024

In many industrial and commercial settings, the constant squeaks, rumbles, and rattles from moving equipment or furniture can be more than a minor annoyance. Persistent noise can be incredibly distracting, diminishing workers’ concentration, interrupting conversations, and diminishing productivity. Loud noise can also cause psychological stress and, according to the Health and Safety Executive, is one of the most common reasons employers make occupational health insurance claims.

 So, what steps can you take to reduce noise and vibration from your castors and wheels to create a more peaceful and focused workplace environment?



1. Choose The Right Castors

The first step to minimise noise and vibration is to select the right castors. Some castors use noise-reducing features specifically designed to be quieter. For example, rubber wheels absorb shock and produce less noise than harder materials, while precision bearings minimise vibration and deliver smoother motion. It is also vital to select castors that can withstand the weight of the application: heavy-duty castors, for instance, are designed to handle the most challenging of loads while emitting only minimal noise.


2. Ensure Proper Installation

Installing castor wheels correctly is essential for them to perform quietly and smoothly. Even the best-designed castors can generate unnecessary vibrations and noise if loose or improperly installed. Therefore, ensure that they are securely fitted to the equipment or furniture in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Reducing noise will extend the life of both the castors and the equipment while reducing the risk of accidents during movement.


3. Lubricate Bearings

Noise from castors or wheels is often caused by components grinding against each other. Regular maintenance of castors, specifically the lubrication of the bearings, is an effective way to reduce friction and minimise noise during operation. A high-quality lubricant recommended by the manufacturer should be used. This step is particularly crucial for heavy-duty castors, as they endure more stress and movement, making them vulnerable to noise if poorly maintained.


4. Balance The Distribution Of The Load

How goods are placed on the trolley is often overlooked, but the correct distribution of the load can make the difference between a noisy trolley and a quiet one, as well as improve the manoeuvrability of the equipment. Uneven weight distribution can lead to excessive vibrations and quicker wear and tear of the castors. Ensure that the equipment or furniture is not overloaded beyond the recommended weight capacity of the castors. This is even more important for heavy-duty applications as the risks posed by uneven load distribution are higher.


5. Add Shock Absorbers

Installing shock-absorbing materials or pads between the equipment and the floor can significantly dampen vibrations and reduce noise transmission. Materials such as rubber or foam pads effectively absorb shocks and vibrations. This approach is particularly beneficial in settings where even minimal noise can be disruptive.


Explore Our Range Of Noise-Reducing Castors

If persistent noise is a problem in your workplace, please browse our range of noise-reducing castors and wheels or call us on 01788227936 to chat with an expert.

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