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Air Casters Help Manufacturer
Relocate its Heavy Stamping Presses

Air Casters Help Manufacturer
Relocate its Heavy Stamping Presses

Thursday, May 27, 2004
 
The Pocahontas, AR, plant of Waterloo Industries (Sedalia, MO), producer of tool-storage products, recently reorganized its plant layout to increase productivity and capacity. To relocate its arsenal of stamping presses, which weigh as much as 50,000 lb., with minimal disruption to existing operations, the plant called on an air-caster rigging kit from Aeris Corp., Kalamazoo, MI. The kit comprises a control console with an inlet on/off ball valve and four self-relieving pressure regulators to individually adjust the pressure in each of four 27-in.-dia. air casters. Total lifting capacity is 112,000 lb. With the air casters placed under a press and inflated, a forklift tied to the load with a steel chain can push and control the movement of the press in all directions. Air casters float the load on a thin film of air, 0.003 to 0.005 in. thick. They allow maneuvering around tight corners and in aisle s while protecting the floor finish. Aeris (www.aeriscorporation.com) makes them in diameters from 12 to 60 in. for load capacity from 200 lb. to thousands of tons. Waterloo Industries, a division of American Brands, manufactures roller cabinets, tool boxes, power-tool stands and similar fabricated sheetmetal products. Customers include Sears, for which it manufactures under the Craftsman brand.

 

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