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5 Questions to Ask when Choosing a Caster

5 Questions to Ask when Choosing a Caster

Choosing the right caster will make the difference between a high maintenance caster that will require constant upkeep or frequent replacement and one that will require little to no upkeep because of its specific design and how it works for your environment. But not all casters are created equal and in order to get the most out of your ergonomic casters, there are many variables to consider. Here are some key questions to ask when choosing casters. Answering these 5 questions up front makes the decision of choosing a caster much easier and will reduce time and energy in the longer term.
ErgoExpo 2015 Webinar - Ergonomics and the Characteristics of Casters: Reducing Workplace Injury

ErgoExpo 2015 Webinar – Ergonomics and the Characteristics of Casters: Reducing Workplace Injury

In November 2015, Darcor presented at the National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo. If you missed the webinar, you can watch it now. Topic: Ergonomics and the Characteristics of Casters: Reducing Workplace Injury Presented by: Anton Malek, Product Specialist and Application Engineer, Darcor Casters and Wheels Description: The development of the caster was a significant innovation during the industrial era, when laborers required an easy and effective way of moving heavy loads in various settings. As design and material science progressed throughout the years, we’ve seen new developments in the evolution of the caster, from wheel material, to heavy duty steel rigs, to various bearing options. Within the constantly growing industrial workplace, the concept of designing ergonomically friendly industrial equipment has become a key focus for leading caster manufacturers. The right caster can improve safety and productivity while reducing the risk of injury. Product Specialist and Applications Engineer, Anton Malek, will guide you through the characteristics of casters, incorporating discussion of wheel materials, floor conditions, operating environment, rig design and push/pull forces. Session takeaways: • Discuss the science behind casters • Explain the effectiveness of casters as a long-term ergonomic mobility solution • Add new strategies for reducing injuries related to overexertion
Why Noise Reducing Casters Are Important for Workplace Ergonomics

Why Noise Reducing Casters Are Important for Workplace Ergonomics

Workplace ergonomics has become a vital initiative for many companies over the years and casters are at the forefront of reaching many of ergonomic goals. One initiative is the reduction of noise pollution on manufacturing plant floors. Ear protection is important in noisy environment. But choosing the right caster can also help in reducing these unwanted noise levels and maintain a safe working environment.
Fork-Free Revolution to Support Material Handling Ergonomics

Fork-Free Revolution to Support Material Handling Ergonomics

Many large companies have decided that they would like to go forklift free in their plants. This movement not only reduces operational costs of running forklifts but also, and most importantly, reduces injuries that occur from forklift accidents. The switch to forklift free means that workers will be required to move considerably heavy loads manually or with the use of AGV’s (Automated Guided Vehicles). For moving carts manually, there is the issue of being able to move the same heavy loads as a forklift and maintaining productivity while at the same time keeping workers safe and unfatigued. Whether transitioning from forklifts to manual wheeled carts or AGVs, the reality is that the ergonomic integrity of the casters have a major positive impact on going fork-free.
Blueprint to Design Medical Equipment with Operators in Mind

Blueprint to Design Medical Equipment with Operators in Mind

The industry needs to think about improving medical equipment design to support healthcare professional increased patient load. Here are 4 ways to improved medical cart and equipment design and ergonomic mobility. There are a variety of elements to consider in the design of a medical device to increase ergonomic friendliness. Let’s focus on cart design and mobility and see how mobility can be improved with environment-specific medical casters
How a High Quality Caster Can Reduce Workplace Overexertion Costs

How a High Quality Caster Can Reduce Workplace Overexertion Costs

It is imperative to consider not just productivity but also ergonomics when developing a strategy for material handling. In order to both optimize efficiency and provide workplace ergonomics safety, the use of high quality, durable casters benefit a company by increasing productivity on the floor as well as by reducing workplace overexertion and related costs.
Case Study: Reduction in Back Injuries and Associated Costs in Automotive Plant

Case Study: Reduction in Back Injuries and Associated Costs in Automotive Plant

The switch to Darcor’s 31-KP406-PSE has resulted in reduced workforce injuries due to lower required exertion forces to move the carts and increase in productivity since workers are not as fatigued, which also leads to reduced medical expenses paid out by the company. Also, there were lower maintenance expenses, since a higher quality caster is not as likely to fail on the field.
Webinar - Casters and Ergonomics: The Link Between Wheels and Workplace Injury

Webinar – Casters and Ergonomics: The Link Between Wheels and Workplace Injury

In December 2014, Darcor presented at the National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo. If you missed the webinar, you can access it now. Anton Malek, Applications Engineer at Darcor Casters presents: Casters and Ergonomics: The Link Between Wheels and Workplace Injury. Access the Webinar Now!
Caster Technology and the Science of Swivel Offset

Caster Technology and the Science of Swivel Offset

When looking at the ergonomic performance of a caster, there are typically two main areas that cause the most impact: push/pull forces and swivelling force. To have an ergonomically sound caster, swivelling forces need to be reduced so the user can move the material handling cart more easily. With ease of movement of the cart, risk of injury to the user is reduced. By reducing swivelling force, the ergonomic capability of the caster increases. By increasing the offset, less force is required to swivel the caster out.
10 Key Material Handling Tips to Reduce Workplace Injuries

10 Key Material Handling Tips to Reduce Workplace Injuries

How Caster Selection Can Reduce Workplace Injuries and Related Costs - Manual material handling tasks (lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying etc.) can be fraught with danger. Costs associated with material handling injuries can be astronomical and can include medical costs, decreased employee morale, and lost productivity. The key to reducing these costly injuries in the workplace is to identify ergonomic risks in manual material handling jobs. Here are 10 key material handling tips to help you reduce workplace injuries and improve workplace ergonomics.
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