Floor and air

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Floor and air

Every transport method has advantages and disadvantages. We have written a detailed whitepaper about this, comparing different techniques side by side. There are two important pre-conditions for successful air caster implementation: flooring and air. Below we’ve outlined the details for success, but if you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out. We are ready to help in any way we can.

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Which floor is suitable?

For air casters to function properly, it is important that the floor is airtight, smooth and flat. The air that comes out of the membrane lifts the mass and makes it float. If the floor is not airtight, air will escape into the floor and remove the pressure needed to create an air film. However, a lack of floor coating is not a problem. Any type of floor will work with air casters as long as they are smooth, flat and airtight.

When the object is floating, there is a wafer-thin film of air, which is only tenths of a millimeter thick (about the thickness of a human hair). A smooth floor ensures that the air film remains intact so that the mass continues to float. Small deviations in the floor can easily be absorbed by the caster, but the caster cannot go up or down steps. The better the floor, the better the air consumption. Less suitable floors can lead to higher air consumption, more friction and therefore more wear on the bladder of the caster.

For air casters to function properly, it is important that the floor is airtight, smooth and flat. The air that comes out of the membrane lifts the mass and makes it float. If the floor is not airtight, air will escape into the floor and remove the pressure needed to create an air film. However, a lack of floor coating is not a problem. Any type of floor will work with air casters as long as they are smooth, flat and airtight.

When the object is floating, there is a wafer-thin film of air, which is only tenths of a millimeter thick (about the thickness of a human hair). A smooth floor ensures that the air film remains intact so that the mass continues to float. Small deviations in the floor can easily be absorbed by the caster, but the caster cannot go up or down steps. The better the floor, the better the air consumption. Less suitable floors can lead to higher air consumption, more friction and therefore more wear on the bladder of the caster.

How do I make my floor suitable?

If your floor is not suitable, it can be made suitable easily by temporarily adding a thin metal or EPDM sheets along the travel path. Any gaps between different plates can be covered with normal packing tape. Make sure that the plates overlap each other slightly and that the plate you are moving to is on the bottom.

If you do have a floor in your factory that is suitable for air caster transport, but you want to move between different floor sections or halls that are interrupted by an expansion joint, a silicone filler can cover small gaps or joints to get air casters working without any problems. If this is not possible, our special Gap Crosser is the better solution for you.

Required air

Air is the magic mover of all air caster transport. A thin layer of air created between the air caster and floor provide an easy way to move extremely heavy objects. In order to achieve this, sufficient air pressure and flow are required. The air must be dry and clean, but a normal factory air dryer and filter in standard compressed air systems works.

Normally the pressure that is present is often between 6 bar en 7 bar. This is then reduced at the control box to the required pressure in the caster. The working pressure in the caster will normally not exceed 4 bar. The amount of air needed (measured in CFM or cubit foot per minute) depends on the weight to be moved, the floor, type of air caster and other variables. Pressure gauges are mounted on almost all installations to monitor the current pressure.

Insufficient air supply results in higher friction, more wear and eventually system failure. Do you want to know whether you have enough air available for your planned relocation or support in choosing a compressor? Please contact us. We’re happy to answer any and all questions.

Would you like to know more about our options with floor and air, or personal advice?
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Aerofilm Systems designs, develops and produces air casters and air caster transport systems. This form of internal transport is the ideal solution for moving and positioning light to very heavy objects in a safe, ergonomic and cost-effective way. It is also ideal for sensitive and therefore often expensive objects, because air casters do not cause vibrations during movement.

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