Stainless Steel: 304 or 316?

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Stainless steel resists rust and corrosion while preventing scaling, and that makes it the ideal solution for casters being used in wet, outdoor, clean and high-temperature environments. Once you’ve decided on stainless steel, you then have the choice of 304 or 316-grade stainless. In this issue of CasterU, we give the information you need to […]

Caster University: To Determine Capacity Start with Weight

To Determine Capacity Start with Weight

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Weight is one of the things that we don’t like to talk about, but when it comes to determining the capacity of a caster, it’s a must-have discussion. Calculating the required capacity of a caster would seem simple. Start with the weight of the equipment the casters are being for. Divide by four, and Bob’s your uncle.

Caster University: Caster Combonations

Caster Combinations

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Order something at your favourite fast food joint and it’s likely that the person behind the counter will ask if you’d like to “combo” that. That usually means that you can add things like soft drinks and fries and pay less than you would if you ordered everything individually. Well, it turns out that combos are just as important to casters.

Algood Blog: CasterU: Casters & Cold

Casters & Cold Weather

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At Algood, we saw extreme cold weather welcomed into North America this week. With five inches of snow in the southern states, the east coast get multiple snowfalls exceeding six inches, and Western Canada with temperatures dipping well below 40ºC, we wanted to give a CasterU primer on caster conditioning in extreme cold weather.

The Truth About Economics

The Truth About Ergonomics

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Three Trade-Offs If you’re looking for the truth about ergonomics a good way to start is with a definition: Ergonomics is the process of designing or arranging workplaces, products and systems so that they fit the people who use them. As it relates to casters and wheels, ergonomics comes down to two factors…

Keeping a Low Profile

Keeping a Low Profile

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By definition, a low profile caster is 3” or less in overall height – from the bottom of the wheel to the top of the top plate or raceway. The smaller height has the potential to reduce the capacity of the caster. There are many ways to compensate for that and increase capacity to as much as 2,000 lbs. They include: Using twin wheels, wider wheels and more.

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