Air casters are devices that are popular in the load moving and the
material handling industries. They generally take the place of other
load moving devices, such as wheels, mechanical casters, metal casters,
rollers, pallet trucks and similar other load moving devices.
Air casters are, as their name suggests, powered by compressed air, and
used in series of four or more to move heavy machines and large loads
between various points in their particular industrial environment. That
is their main function and what they do.
Air casters are made up of several components before they can be
considered finished air caster modules and ready to start work for their
When air casters are energized with compressed air at around 90 psi
(6.2BAR), the result
is a very powerful device that can move loads of many tons. This is
ideal in industrial locations where moving heavy machines and
transformers up to 50 tons is a regular occurrence.
An additional benefit is that air powered casters do not damage your
floors in any way, shape or form. The loads you place on air casters
is floated by the casters across the floor surface without the load
actually touching the floor, thus no damage to floors.
An air caster is generally referred to as a finished load module that is
included in an air caster load moving system. They include a fitted air
bearing as described in air bearings systems.
A finished air caster includes the air bearing as well as an air flow
distribution valve and is all ready to be incorporated into an air
caster load moving system. Shown below is a diagram of how an air caster
is assembled prior to being fitted to the bottom of the load module.
Aircasters are used in series of four or six and assembled into a load
moving system via air line hoses, valves, tee-pieces and other hardware.
See below, right.
air caster kit system is powered by compressed air (pneumatic) and when
in operation the system has a load or machine placed upon it and is
floated by the air bearings on the floor surface, thus allowing the
system to float across the floor surface taking the load with it.
This form of load moving is known as air film technology.
There are many variables that can make up an air caster system. Weight
capacities can range from ½ ton thru 100 tons.
Finished air casters can be fitted with standard A-type, B-type and VL-type
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