Manufacturing Today - August 2017 - 12

COLUMN BY | JOHN MASSENBURG

B UY AMERICAN

A LFAB INC.

L EGAL

N EWS

T ECHNOLOGY

	

Preferred Mover

what's new in air caster
technology for manufacturers?
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The	technology	behind	air	casters	has	been	around	for	decades,	
but	its	evolution	in	recent	years	explains	why	industry	is	looking	more	closely	at	air	casters	as	a	preferred	mover	of	heavy	
loads.	It	may	seem	hard	to	believe	that	hovercraft	technology,	
once	closely	associated	with	table	air	hockey	games,	has	developed	into	a	widely	used	and	essential	industrial	tool.	The	fact	
is	that	the	relatively	small	air	caster,	thanks	to	its	technological	
upgrades	and	enhancements,	has	become	a	viable	alternative	to	
traditional	load	moving	solutions	such	as	wheels,	rollers,	rails	
and	cranes	because	of	its	flexibility,	ease	of	maneuvering	and,	
perhaps	most	importantly,	time	and	workforce	efficiencies.
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The	science	behind	air	casters	is	relatively	unchanged.	A	thin	film	of	compressed	 air	 is	 created	 under	 the	 air	
caster	 providing	 almost	 friction-free	
movement,	in	addition	to	inflation	of	
the	 air	 caster	 element	 for	 lift.	 	 These	
actions	 combine	 to	 provide	 a	 unique	
system	capable	of	moving	loads	from	
1,000	pounds	to	as	much	as	5,000	tons	
in	a	factory	production	environment.		
	 Unlike	 other	 traditional	 moving	
solutions,	 air	 casters	 are	 omnidirectional	 and	 flexible	 enough	 to	 complete	equipment	movement	in	nearly	
any	location	on	a	manufacturing	plant	
floor.	 By	 contrast,	 traditional	 load	
moving	 solutions	 require	 more	 personnel	 and	 time	 to	 adjust	 the	 move	
path	and	final	location.


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