6 benefits of air casters

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6 benefits of air casters

The assembly process of manufacturing companies is often complex. Especially when products become larger and heavier. If larger objects need to be moved, it is of course important that this is done effectively and safely. If this is insufficiently thought through or poorly organized, this can result in downtime and this can be enormously costly. Of course, preventing this is better than fixing.

In this blog, we explain the benefits of air casters and why it’s an interesting tool for moving heavy weights, such as machines. This can help optimize production and prevent downtime!

1. Maneuverability and moving in confined spaces

Air casters allow a (heavy) load to float on a thin layer of air, so it can move almost frictionless in any direction. This freedom is ideal for maneuvering larger objects in smaller spaces or on routes with sharp turns or smaller passages. 

Air casters provide ultimate freedom of movement and provide maximum maneuverability! Only 1 kg of force is required to move 1,000 kg. This makes moving massive loads from one place to another within a facility an easy job. The working of air casters can be compared to that of a hovercraft.

2. Safety and ergonomic benefits of air casters

In the production environment, many employees are involved in the movement of heavy loads; it is important that this is done safely and ergonomically. By using air casters it’s possible to move several thousands of kilograms with one person. For heavier loads this can be done with several people. For weights starting from 10,000kg we advise to use a drive, because of mass inertia. This way it remains safe to move large weights in an ergonomic way. Aerofilm has developed and produced tools for this purpose.

With its own engineering team, Aerofilm can assist in finding customized solutions in order to make the client’s internal logistics as optimal as possible.

3. Less risk of floor damage

The layer of air between the air casters and the floor ensures that the load can be moved with almost no friction. Because the cargo floats, there is no contact with the floor, meaning the risk of damage is negligible. Besides contact damage, air casters have a few other benefits for the floor/surface. The weight of the cargo is distributed over the entire surface of the air caster. Therefore, floor pressure is much lower and line or point loads are excluded. Because air casters have a maximum working pressure of 4 bar, the pressure on the floor is never higher than 4 kg per cm2.

4. Minimal maintenance

One of the benefits of air casters is that they have no moving parts. This means that lubrication or oil isn’t needed. Air casters require nearly no maintenance. If they get dirty, they can easily be cleaned using soap and water.

5. Vibration-free moving of fragile loads

Loads that are sensitive to shocks and vibrations can easily be moved with air casters. Unevenness in the floor will not be transferred to the load; the air caster absorbs it. This makes air casters ideal for moving high-tech equipment or other sensitive movements. The air casters act as a buffer / shock absorber between the load and the floor. This is one of the benefits of air casters; sensitive loads do not vibrate or shake during transportation.

6. A heavy load doesn’t have to be a burden!

In the production environment, it happens more often that heavy machinery or loads need to be moved. These loads are becoming larger and heavier, whether it’s transformers, large turbines, engines or even complete ships. Air casters have no limitation in terms of capacity. With enough air on a good floor, the entire load is given a floating position. This allows the load to be moved nearly without friction. Because the friction is almost gone, only one thousandth of the force is needed to move a weight. So with 1 kg of force, 1,000 kg can be set in motion. It is important that, although the movement is easier, the weight does not change. Safety always comes first!

Summarized benefits of air casters:

  • Optimal maneuverability and freedom of movement
  • Safe and ergonomic moving, no matter how heavy the load
  • Lower floor pressure, thus less damage to the floor
  • Nearly maintenance free
  • Vibration-free moving of sensitive loads or machines!

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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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Discover air casters: the ideal solution for moving light to very heavy objects

Learn how air casters can help you to move light, heavy or sensitive objects in a safe, ergonomic, and cost-effective way.