There are various aspects to take into account when choosing industrial castors for warehouse equipment. The best castor choice for most warehouses are heavy duty castors, as these are specifically designed to work well on warehouse floors without slipping or generating excess friction. In this article, we look in more detail at why heavy duty castors are the superior choice in most warehouse environments.
1) Resistance To Wear And Tear
Warehouses can be tough environments, so any equipment used in them must have high levels of durability and reliability. This applies to castor wheels too, since they’re an essential component of trolleys, forklifts, and other heavily used warehouse equipment. With heavy use and high carrying loads comes inevitable wear and tear – placing wheels and castors at a greater risk of failure the more they are used. Heavy duty castors are better designed to resist low level damage, providing a more stable mobile platform and a longer working life.
2) Better Value For Money
Standard castors may be cheaper at the time of purchase, but their useful expectancy is limited in intensive-use environments, so they need to be replaced more often, increasing overall costs.
3) Safety And Reliability
Moreover, their reliability is reduced by wear and tear, as they tend to wobble and require more frequent maintenance, and may even fail suddenly in a way that upsets the stability of the trolley, putting the operative in danger of injury. Other problems related to non-heavy duty castors are loss of lubrication, corrosion, and damage to warehouse flooring.
Heavy-duty castors offer the highest standards of durability and reliability, with better long term value for money and fewer maintenance needs. Heavy duty wheels are designed and manufactured to withstand heavy loads and move on hard, rough, and uneven floors, even in those covered in dirt and debris (such as warehouse loading bays that open onto outside areas). Castor wheels mounted on warehouse equipment may also have to move over wet or damp floors, so the entire mechanism must be rust and slip resistant.
4) Noise Control
Another advantage of heavy duty castors is their quiet operation. Because they are made with high-quality materials, they can reduce the vibration noise caused by trolleys and cages as they move over uneven surfaces. Noise can be a serious occupational hazard, but its impact can be greatly minimised by making the right equipment choices. For example, soft tread castor wheels made of polyurethane or elastic rubber have a high loading capacity and cause minimal noise disruption.
Ball bearings are another distinctive trait of heavy duty castors, giving them greater stability while in motion under heavy loads. Unlike plain bores or roller bearings, ball bearings generate very low surface friction, and components are shielded from exposure to dirt, grit, and moisture. Moreover, some heavy duty castors with ball bearings are waterproof and have anti-static properties.
Choosing The Right Castors For Your Warehouse
To sum up, durable and reliable heavy duty castors are the best choice in warehouse environments. They can reduce noise, costs, and time spent on maintenance, therefore contributing to a more productive warehouse. With heavy duty industrial castors, you are looking at a lower total cost of ownership for long-term savings and better efficiency.
Rolltek are one of the leading manufacturers of heavy duty castors in the UK. Email us to find out more about our wide range of high-quality and reliable castors.
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