Welcome to Algood's comprehensive Caster Terminology guide, where we demystify the world of casters. Explore key terms and industry jargon to make informed decisions for your caster solutions.
Axle & Nut: Components securing the caster and wheel to equipment; axle is central shaft, nut fastens it.
Ball Transfers: Spherical bearings enabling smooth, omnidirectional load movement.
Blanks: Unfinished caster parts before machining or forming.
Bolt: Threaded fastener used for caster assembly and attachment.
Bolt Hole: Caster part opening to accommodate bolts or stems.
Bolt Hole Pattern: Arrangement of multiple holes in caster parts for mounting.
Bore: Central hole in the wheel, used for assembly and rotation.
Brake: Mechanism halting caster movement, enhancing safety.
Bushing: Component reducing friction and supporting caster rotation.
Capacity: Maximum weight a caster can bear safely.
CAD Model: Digital representation aiding caster design and visualization.
CNC: Precise machining method used in caster component production.
Coined: Shaping metal for caster parts by stamping or pressing.
Corrosion Resistance: Material's ability to withstand rust and deterioration.
Diameter: Measurement of caster wheel's width.
Deflection: Wheel deformation under load, affecting performance.
Drawing: Technical illustration or design plan for caster components.
Durometer: Tool measuring caster wheel material hardness.
Durometer Rating: Numeric hardness scale rating for material selection.
Dynamic Load Capacity: Max weight caster can handle while in motion.
Electro Polished: Surface treatment enhancing caster part's corrosion resistance.
Expandable: Adjustable caster design for versatility.
Flanged Bushing: Bushing with a flange for caster support.
Finish: Surface treatment for protection, aesthetics, or performance.
Forged Steel: Caster components formed from sturdy forged steel.
iLock: A locking mechanism for caster wheels.
Injection Molding: Caster part manufacturing process involving injecting material into molds.
Kingpin: Pivot point enabling smooth swivel caster rotation.
Keyway: Slot or groove for keys or pins, securing caster parts.
Laser Cut: Precision cutting technique for caster parts.
Leg Spacing: Distance between caster mounting points.
Lubrication: Applying lubricant for smooth caster operation.
Load: Weight applied to caster; crucial for capacity consideration.
Lock: Mechanism immobilizing caster for stability.
Lock Nut: Nut securing caster components in place.
Lower Raceway: Component guiding caster rotation at the bottom.
Manufacturer: Producer of caster components and assemblies.
Moldon: Caster wheel material known for durability and load-bearing.
Overall Height: Total vertical measurement of caster.
Plating: Surface coating for corrosion resistance or aesthetics.
Pitch: The distance between points on a screw's threaded stem.
Pneumatic: Air-filled caster for shock absorption and smooth movement.
Positional Lock: Locking mechanism for fixed caster direction.
Precision Bearing: High-quality bearings ensuring smooth caster motion.
Raceway: Groove guiding caster's rolling elements.
Raceway Seal: Component preventing contaminants from entering caster raceway.
Rigid: Fixed caster type, not swiveling.
Roller Bearing: Bearings with cylindrical rollers for caster motion.
Rollability: Ease of rolling under various loads and conditions.
Round Stem: Common caster stem shape for mounting.
Spanner Bushing: Bushing with slots, aiding caster installation.
Stainless Steel: Corrosion-resistant material used in caster components.
Stamping: Shaping caster parts through pressing or stamping.
Static Load Capacity: Max weight caster can bear while stationary.
Stem: Caster attachment point or shaft.
Steel Side Washer: Washer for load distribution, made of steel.
Supply Chain: Network involved in caster part production and distribution.
Swivel: Caster's ability to rotate horizontally for maneuverability.
Swivel Lead: Distance caster travels during a swivel.
Swivel Radius: Radius of swivel rotation circle.
Thread Guards: Shields protecting caster threads.
Threaded Stem: Stem with external threads for attachment.
Through Bore: A bore that extends entirely through a caster part, enabling axle or stem passage, crucial for swivel caster rotation.
Top Plate: Mounting plate for attaching casters.
Top Washer: Washer for stability on the upper side of the caster.
Tread Width: Width of caster wheel's contact surface.
Washer: Thin, flat hardware component for load distribution.
Work Hardened: Material hardened through mechanical processes.
Zerk Axle: Axle equipped with Zerk fitting for lubrication.
Zinc: Material used for corrosion-resistant coatings and components.