Category Archives: Casters

Caster Components: All the Terminology You Need to Know

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When you need wheels or casters, either as replacements for your worn-out casters or for a piece of equipment that doesn’t already have wheels, it’s good to know the terminology. This is a quick primer. Casters have three basic parts: top plate, fork, and wheel. The top plate is exactly what it sounds like: a flat piece of metal, usually with four screw holes to attach it to the equipment. The fork is attached to the top plate and holds the wheel, with an axle going through the middle of the wheel and attaching to each side of the fork. The wheel is self explanatory. Some casters swivel, while others are rigid (can’t turn corners). When you call us looking for casters and wheels, we’ll use terms like “wheel diameter,” “top plate thickness,” and so on. If something doesn’t make sense, just ask. We’re here to help!

Medical Casters for Hospital and Clinical Applications

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Hospitals use casters and wheels for wide-ranging applications, including chairs, stools, crash carts, overbid tables, IV poles, computer stands, ultrasound and X-ray carts, case carts, surgical instrument carts, and hospital beds such as Hill-Rom and Stryker. California Caster has casters and wheels for virtually every medical need, including non-magnetic MRI applications, and kitchen equipment used in hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities. Our medical casters minimize noise, protect floors, help prevent injuries, and are compliant with all relevant hazardous materials regulations. We supply solutions for both OEMs and replacement needs. Check our website or call California Caster for help, and if you don’t find what you need, our design team provides custom solutions that meet the most stringent medical requirements.

Heavy-Duty Casters for Heavy Loads

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Our heavy-duty casters are extra sturdy, developed for heavy loads and higher travelling speeds. Typical applications include heavy-duty stock trucks, warehouse trucks, carts, and dollies. California Caster has a variety of heavy-duty wheels and casters in a range of sizes, colors, and designs. They feature strong, welded-steel construction and are suitable for loads of up to 3500 lbs. Check out our website to find out more about our heavy-duty casters, wheel sizes and materials, mounting options, brake options, and bearing types. Not sure what you need? Call the experts at California Caster for a friendly, no-cost consultation.

Keep your company moving with low profile/business machine casters

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Low profile/business machine casters are ideal for business equipment, including copiers, printers, computer and server racks, store displays, vending machines, storage cabinets, diagnostic equipment, and much more.  Our low-profile/business machine casters stay out of sight with their low overall height, and their wide wheels and short swivel offsets means high capacity and long-life durability.  California Caster offers low profile/business machine casters in a variety of mount types and materials.  Call California Caster today for help finding the right low profile/business machine casters for your application.


Atlas Leveling Casters for Industrial Automation Applications

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California Caster is pleased to offer Atlas Leveling Casters. Designed for automation applications in the semiconductor, medical, and pharmaceutical industries, these precision casters reduce installation cost and improve equipment stability by combining a caster and a leveling component.

Atlas Leveling Casters come in 500 lb. 1000 lb.-rated models for heavy-duty industrial applications. They’re lightweight and extremely durable, with significant advantages over competitors’ products:

  • Leveler is concentric with caster swivel axis.
  • Patented kingpin rivet construction reduces shock loads by up to 65% compared to other stamped and cold-forged steel casters.
  • Dual wheels for high load capacity, low height, and excellent ergonomics.
  • Multiple wheel options, including low-cost phenolic and high-performance polyurethane with precision bearings.
  • Leveling component adjusts easily with standard tools.
  • Standard length-of-travel is one inch beyond the wheel; extended-length levelers are available.
  • Compatible with Atlas Zone 4-tested seismic restraints.

Atlas offers 100% stainless steel and semi-stainless (approximately 90% stainless) versions of its leveling casters, to meet the varied needs of pharmaceutical and semiconductor equipment industries. The stainless version is suitable for washdown applications. The semi-stainless version, intended for non-washdown cleanroom applications in the semiconductor equipment industry, is more cost-effective and looks identical to the 100% stainless version.

Contact California Caster today to find out more about Atlas Leveling Casters.