Time Is of the Essence
If there is one industry in which time is of absolute importance, it is the bakery industry. One minute, or even a few seconds, can make all the difference when it comes to a loaf of bread having the perfect rise or a dessert having the perfect texture. The bakery industry is one in which workplace speed, efficiency and attention to detail are as important as the right ingredients. One way to ensure that bakery workplaces run as efficiently as they can is to have the proper bakery equipment. Companies in the bakery equipment industry know the needs of the bakery industry well, and understand that one thing that is absolutely necessary in the industry is to have equipment that is mobile. One of the easiest and most secure ways to make equipment of all kinds mobile is through the addition of casters.
A Small Yet Very Important Detail
Casters are small but very important items that are easily and often overlooked. Because they are often deemed inconsequential, the variety of available types of casters can also be overlooked. However, there are many different types, makes and models of casters that can be perfectly matched to the right job and conditions to improve workplace efficiency. And as mentioned before, in the bakery industry, efficiency is of utmost importance.
A Few Details to Consider
Before looking at the available options, it is important to make sure that the job to be performed is very clearly understood. If the type of job to be performed and the conditions in which it needs to be performed are noted, then it will be much easier to narrow down the plethora of options available and choose the right caster for the job. Some simple questions to start off with include:
What exactly needs to be made mobile? Is it heavy or awkwardly shaped? Is it fragile? Does is need to have a polished appearance or does it need to be extra durable? What are some of the conditions of the workplace? What is the floor made of? Is it slick and smooth such as polished concrete or linoleum? Or is slick with grooves such as tile? Does the caster need to be rolled over more than one type of flooring? How high off the ground does it need to be? These questions are a good starting point to determine the specific type of caster that will best match the job at hand.
Many Different Types of Options
Casters are generally available in the standard options of light, medium and heavy, a designator that denotes the individual weight load capacity. The different casters are made of different materials and in different sizes, and therefore lend themselves to different weight load capacities. In addition to the load capacity, there are many different things to consider when choosing the right caster for the job.
One of the other attributes to consider is the mounting system; this determines how the caster will be attached to the item that needs to be made mobile. The available basic options that are available include: top plate, threaded stem, stainless steel, expanding adapter stem, square stem, grip ring stem, pipe thread stem, modular stem, top plate swivel, and the kingpinless top plate. In addition to the mounting system, another attribute of the caster to consider is the material of which the wheel is made.
Some of the available wheel material options include: performa, performa conductive, polyolefin, polyurethane Hi-Tech, phenolic, cast iron, maxim, and thermo. Another detail to consider is that the metal part of the caster, the part that houses the wheel is also available in different finishes. This can add to the over all look of the caster. For companies that require a more finished look, the finish and material of the visible part of the caster can add the right detail to add elegance to everyday useful equipment.
As can be seen, there are many possible combinations of different aspects of the individual caster, so many so that one could choose a near custom caster from the basic available options. However if these basic options do not perfectly satisfy the needs to suit the job at hand, a specialty caster may be the answer. There are also many different types of specialty casters available.
Some of options available include: spring loaded door casters, gravity lock ladder casters, concealed side mount casters, die-cast aluminum leveling casters, rug runner casters, high-capacity, low overall height extrathane casters and glass cutting table casters. Some of these more specific options can be extremely useful in certain types of work environments and could be just the right answer to increasing workplace efficiency.
We Can Help
With all of the possible options, choosing the right caster can be a difficult and daunting task. Inevitably it will seem that there is more than one right possible choice of caster. And sometimes there may be more than one suitable option. However, if you are familiar with the options and availability then you can feel secure that regardless of the fact that there may be more than one that will do the job just right, you can choose with confidence.
We at Douglas Equipment know that having many choices, though a good thing, can also cause its share of difficulties. We strive to help our customer get the most information about the products they are looking to purchase so that they can feel comfortable that they are making the right choice. Our job is to provide the best possible service and an array of inventory at the best possible prices. With more that fifty years in the business, we believe that we can do just that.
We can be reached Toll-free at 1-800-451-0030, locally at 305-888-3700, or by fax at 305-883-9563. We can also be reached electronically by utilizing the Contact Us section on our website. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you to make the best choice amidst all the options.