Swivel wheels work by rotating on a single axis. This reduces the force needed to move or push a piece of furniture. However, they require more maintenance. This article explains the differences between caster wheels and swivel wheels. For example, casters may have dimples, and swivels may have smooth surfaces.
Caster Wheels are Pivoting Rollers Attached to the Bottom of The Furniture
When referring to a pivoting roller attached to the bottoms of furniture, you may be thinking of a caster wheel. However, a caster wheel is much more than a simple wheel. The proper terminology is essential for materials handling professionals.
There are a variety of applications for casters, including hospital beds, office chairs, and toy wagons. They are also typical of platform trucks and material-handling machinery. In factories, tow lines and assembly lines both use heavy-duty casters. They come in various designs and can either be fixed. Some casters, like swivel wheels, are automatic, which means they align automatically to the direction of travel.
The integrity of a caster wheel is critical. They are equipped with a tread or rubber fitting that prevents them from damaging floor surfaces. If the tracks are damaged, this will lead to unnecessary wear and tear on the caster wheel. It can also affect the hardware and lubricant solutions.
Caster Wheels Rotate on a Single Axis
Caster wheels allow people and other objects to move more quickly and easily. They can be used in many settings, including office chairs, gurneys, and school rolling carts. They can also reduce workplace injuries from overexertion. In addition, the proper use of casters will increase safety and productivity.
Casters are often installed in sets of two or four. The wheels of the caster system rotate on a single axis and are usually light in weight compared to the load. However, casters are still free of flaws. There is still some flutter, especially at high speeds.
A caster wheel is made of two parts: the hub and the wheel. The seat is the center portion, while the wheel’s tread is the outer side. Many casters also include an offset steering joint.
Caster Wheels Reduce the Force Needed to Push and Turn
Caster wheels can reduce the force needed to push or turn a large load. As a result, they help prevent physical strain on employees when moving heavy loads. In addition, they help speed up the movement of parts within a plant. They also make manufacturing and storage easier.
Caster wheels are used in various settings, from supermarket shopping carts to hospitals. In hospitals, smooth mobility is essential to patient safety. Patients’ safety is prioritized at all times, and smooth mobility helps ensure a positive patient experience. ANSI ICWM: 2012 Performance Standard for Casters and Wheels provides a common performance standard for casters.
Wheel diameter and shape are essential in reducing the force needed to push or turn a load. For instance, a wheel with a diameter of 16 inches would require half the energy needed to make it. Likewise, doubling the wheel diameter would reduce the force necessary to move it. Increasing the radius would also result in a halved power needed to move it and a halving of the strength required to sustain the motion.