If you work in any kind of medical environment, then you’ll understand the importance of having good, reliable casters. Transporting medical equipment around using casters can quite literally be a matter of life and death, and you need casters that you know will never let you down.
Additionally, casters used in medical facilities may come into contact with hazardous materials, and chemicals in particular. You’re therefore going to want to purchase casters that will not fail should they be used in places where hazardous substances are likely to be encountered.
You also need to keep two other key factors in mind – floor marking and quiet rolling. It is important that floors are kept clean to help prevent contamination and the possibility of trip or slip hazards. It’s also important that the casters you select for use with your medical equipment have non-floor-marking properties. You should be fine if you use casters where the wheels are manufactured from rubber, nylon, polypropylene or urethane.
Be Sure to Select ‘Quiet’ Casters
Medical facilities can be noisy at times, but there are just as many occasions when peace and quiet is an absolute essential requirement. That’s why you should make sure you select quiet rolling casters.
Here we list a few of the manufacturers and casters that the team at Douglas Equipment can supply you with that we know are perfectly suited for a wide array of medical equipment.
The Z Series Composite Institutional Series from Shepherd Casters
For all institutional uses, we cannot recommend the Shepherd Z Series Composite Institutional Series highly enough.The Z Series caster comes in three basic models – threaded stem, grip ring stem and swivel top plate. All three-model types come with the option of total locks to prevent movement, and the swivel top plate model comes with a directional lock for when you want to turn your swivel caster into a rigid one.
All models feature a dual ball bearing raceway with a labyrinth seal that’s designed to keep out both moisture and debris – crucial when it comes to medical environments.This caster also looks the part – sleekly designed with lashings of style. It’s constructed using a glass-filled nylon body, making it strong and durable.
You have a range of dynamic loads between 260 and 300 lbs., depending upon the dimensions of the wheel you choose. The wheel itself is manufactured from thermoplastic rubber (TPR) for rolling ease that’s combined with durability.These casters can be used effectively with other applications, such as computer carts, utility carts, store fixtures and food service equipment.
The Contour Solis Specialty Medical Caster from Colson Casters
We really enjoy being able to offers Colson Casters to our customers at Douglas Equipment. We know that Colson is an exceptional supplier of casters, and we never have any hesitation in recommending them to our growing number of customers.
The Contour Solis Specialty Medical Caster offers functionality, reliability and quiet operation – all key factors when it comes to any type of medical facility. It comes manufactured with a precision axle that’s built to the exact tolerance needed for extended life and smooth, reliable operation. This model’s precision bearings help reduce the need for maintenance and offer improved maneuverability.
They look great as well – the aluminum shell hides all the inner workings and helps keep out debris and corrosive elements. It also comes with a standard foot brake. The brake is easy to engage and when placed in position it locks both the rotation of the wheel and the swivel of the caster.
These casters come with wheels made from grey polyurethane and can be used for medical and diagnostic equipment, computer equipment, and other types of electronic equipment.
The 399 Medical Equipment Caster from Rhombus
Rhombus thoroughly understands the importance of medical casters. They manufacture all their casters to fill three vital components of medical caster manufacturing – long product life, significant load-bearing capacity and quiet operation.
We’re pleased to be able to provide a wide range of Rhombus casters to our clients here at Douglas Equipment, and for medical applications we feel that you cannot go wrong with their 399 model. This is a centrally lockable castor that’s made of high grade materials and comes complete with a fully-integrated wheel lock. This caster is extremely hygiene-friendly, and is resistant against most corrosive materials, including oils and chemicals.
As aesthetics are important in some medical facilities, the 399 comes in a range of colors. It’s manufactured using an aluminum die-cast housing, with sealed precision bearings in the fork head, and with the brake contour adapted to the wheel. This caster has a maximum load capacity of 330 pounds.
Douglas Equipment: The Best Advice Concerning Medical Casters
Here at Douglas Equipment, we are very proud to be able to provide the best casters that the caste manufacturing world has to offer. As in all walks of life, it’s important that you make the right decision when it comes to purchasing the most suited casters for your needs. This is especially crucial if you are intending to make a bulk purchase of casters, as we recommend you do in order to save money in the long run.
That’s why we’re always on hand to offer you pertinent and important advice. Work with us and we’ll make sure that you make the most cost effective decision for your business.
Call 1-800-451-0030 to place your order. Alternatively, you may also inquire about the type of caster you want through our contact form.