Business Excellence Magazine Looks at Rotacaster and the Omniwheel

Business Excellence Magazine Looks at Rotacaster and the Omniwheel
Feb. 9, 2012 - PRLog -- Thomas R. Cutler, leading manufacturing journalist, authored a feature article for the current issue of Business Excellence magazine that describes the advantages of the omniwheel, the revolutionary alternative to the swivel caster, and heralds the entry of Rotacaster into the next dictionary.
For a century the basic caster wheel has changed little and no company or brand has claimed the caster nomenclature, until now. The omniwheel is the generic name; Rotacaster is the brand.
360 degree maneuverability without turning or swiveling wheels is a clear differentiation. Looking more closely at this innovative product, data among users revealed better directional control and tracking, precise positioning - without swivel offset correction, and no resistance due to misaligned swivel castors. Rotacasters require minimal wheel space or /housing requirements and simple mounting allows the ability to choose from forks, cups, channels and rails or stack together on an axle to form a roller wheel.
The Rotacaster wheel combines the freedom of 360 degree movement with the stability of a fixed mounting, achieved through a patented design and monolithic, web-like construction which uses rollers rather than a swivel mount. Sold throughout Australia and exported around the world, the Rotacaster is used as a floor wheel, a conveyor wheel and in applications such as hand carts and trolleys, material handling equipment, robotics, mobile furniture, pipe rollers and as an alternative to ball transfer units.
A shopping cart with a dysfunctional wheel helps everyone to understand the limitations of a swivel caster, which typically must include a small amount of offset distance between the center axis of the vertical shaft and the center axis of the caster wheel. If there is no offset, the wheel will not rotate if not facing the correct direction, either preventing motion or dragging across the ground. Take that same scenario to the industrial and material handling sectors and the exponential growth for the industry standard omniwheel becomes obvious. Rotacaster is both a game-changer and a name-changer.
An exclusive arrangement has been formed between Rotacaster Wheel Limited and Magnus Mobility Systems Inc.  Magnus is the leading, worldwide provider of motion control solutions including casters and wheels, gas springs, levelers, bearings, and accessories.  Magnus combines the best of single-source convenience with the benefits of a global network. Strategic distribution and service centers enable Magnus to provide timely delivery of Rotacaster products.

Magnus Mobility Systems/Rotacaster
David Dosier, Magnus/Rotacaster Product Manager
Source:TR Cutler
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Tags:Magnus Mobility, Rotacaster, Caster, Conveyor, Multidirectional, Omni-wheel, Hand Truck, Swivel Wheels, Ball Transfer
Industry:Business, Technology
Location:United States
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