Places That Are On The Go
When you first think of hotels and resorts, many words come to mind such as relaxing, traveling, resting, and exploring. Hotels and resorts are places that people go to get away from the every day experience, a place where people go to when they need a little breather, a place to rest their head whether on business or pleasure. Regardless of what type of travel it takes people to get to a hotel or a resort the fact that remains is that they are traveling and passing through, making these locations places of constant movement. Everything seems as though it is on the go in a hotel or resort. Customer service representatives are busily greeting guests, staff is setting up for events and conferences, guests are flowing in and out, leaving to go on a day’s adventure or on to the next stop. Not only do the employees and staff have to be on the go, so does much of the equipment that they use on a daily basis.
One way to easily make almost any piece of furniture or equipment mobile is by adding some important yet often overlooked items, casters. Casters are a simple addition that can greatly increase the efficiency and mobility of many items. And with today’s technology, there are so many options available it is easy to nearly customize a set of casters from the standard options available within the various styles. With all the available possibilities it is very important to understand that the different options do serve a purpose, and it is very important to carefully consider many variables before choosing the caster that is best for the job at hand. This can be a difficult task, but one that can be tackled with knowing a few simple things.
When it comes to choosing the caster that is best suited to the job at hand there are many available options that can be considered. The standard casters that are available are divided into three basic categories, Light, Medium and Heavy. Although the casters are available in different weights, these categories refer not to the caster themselves, but instead to their individual load capacities. Due to the makeup, design and material of each individual caster this allows each caster to have a different weight load capacity. Other specific characteristics to consider are things like, how the caster will be attached to the furniture or equipment that it will be used on. Attachment is accomplished by the mounting system. Basic mounting system 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. The different mounting systems determine how the caster interacts with the item that it is attached to, allowing for more or less movement between item and caster. Another characteristic to consider is the material that the wheel of the caster is made of. Some of the available wheel material options include: performa, performa conductive, polyolefin, polyurethane Hi-Tech, phenolic, cast iron, maxim, and thermo. The different materials serve different purposes when it comes to how the caster functions and how it interacts with the different surfaces that it will come in contact with. Additionally, besides the basic variety of options that are available, of which there are many possible combinations, there are also specialty casters available. Some of the specialty 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. No matter what the job is that needs to be accomplished, it is certain that there are specific casters that are perfectly suited to the job.
Making the Right Match
Understanding the number of possibilities available can help make it more understandable the importance of matching the correct caster to the job. There are some basic questions regarding the job that needs to be accomplished that can help eliminate mismatching. What is the job that needs to be accomplished? What exactly needs to be moved? How often does it need to be moved? What type of surface will it be going over? Will it be a rough surface or a smooth surface? Will it be confined to an area where the floor surface is of one type? Or will it have to be moved over various floor types? Is the item to be moved oddly shaped? Is it extremely heavy? Is it fragile and does it need special attention and handling? Will it be in an area that will be seen by guests? If so does it need to be made of a material that matches its surroundings, because aesthetics plays a role? These are just the beginning of some of the detailed questions that can be asked that will help to determine the best caster for the job.
Trusting the Experts to Help
It can be hard to know how to decide when first choosing casters. It can be hard to know the right questions to ask and all the available options. That is why we at Douglas Equipment strive to have the best customer service ready to help you to decide the best and most cost effective choice of casters for the job that you and your business needs. With over fifty years of experience in the moving equipment business we strive to do our job at the highest level so that you can do your job at the highest level. We understand the importance of having the right equipment and accessories. We understand the impact that it can have on overall business efficiency and cost effectiveness. We are here to help. So please contact us Toll-free at 1-800-451-0030, locally at 305-888-3700, or by faxing us at 305-883-9563. You can also reach us electronically through the Contact Us section on our website. We look forward to serving you.