Most people have experienced the frustration of trying to control a supermarket trolley that seems to have developed a mind of its own. Usually caused by a faulty or worn castor or wheel, this is more of a nuisance than a dangerous situation, as most shoppers push their trolleys at a low speed while they browse. In industrial settings, however, a faulty castor can be much more serious: with tight deadlines to meet and heavy stock to move, operatives must be able to rely on their trolleys to provide consistently reliable service without the risk of losing control.
As a leading castor supplier, we provide a comprehensive range of industrial castors and wheels. But what are the signs that castor wheel replacement is necessary?
Worn Out Wheels
Industrial castors can support loads of up to 1,000kg – unless they are worn, in which case the increase in friction between the wheel and the floor surface will mean it is harder to move the load. Not only will the trolley be unstable and unable to navigate bends and corners, but the floor may also be damaged.
Like a rogue shopping trolley in a supermarket, an industrial trolley may show signs of wobbling or instability if castors are worn and in need of replacement. This may be due to worn bearings, loose fittings, or damaged frames. Without replacement, worn castors may pose a risk to trolley users, stock, and other equipment.
Normally, industrial castors will operate silently, which helps to maintain a calm and focused working environment. However, if they are producing excessive or unusual noise, it could be a sign that they need to be replaced. Worn bearings, damaged brackets, and out-of-round wheels will cause noise which is distracting and unpleasant.
Difficulty Moving Loads
Industrial castors are designed to assist trolley users to move loads effortlessly, including around corners. A trolley should glide, turn, and pivot with ease, even when fully loaded, so any problems in manoeuvring it could be a tell-tale sign that the castors are no longer functioning and require immediate replacement.
Rust And Corrosion
Operating trolleys in wet conditions or areas where liquids or chemicals are used will cause the castors to deteriorate over time. Rust and corrosion can weaken the structure of the castors, which makes it harder for them to support heavy loads and often leads to their complete failure. Inspect your trolleys’ castors regularly for signs of rust or corrosion and replace them immediately if you notice any deterioration in their condition before more serious problems occur.
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