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Soft wheels for low-noise transport                     Light duty castors with bolt hole and expander fitting, wheel with elastic soft rubber “SoftMotion” LKRA-POES 102K-11-SG-FK-E12          The client...is a traditional German bakery which was established in 1898. The business is now a renowned training institution with 25 specialty stores and its own catering service.
The applicationOne of the bakery’s city centre branches was getting complaints from local residents about the noise caused by catering trolleys clattering over cobblestones at 4.30 in the morning. The trolleys were using LKRA-TPA series light duty castors with an expander fitting. The customer asked us to find a different castor solution to reduce the amount of noise caused by the catering trolleys. A competitor had also submitted an alternative solution involving castors with soft rubber wheels. The solution from our standard rangeBlickle’s soft elastic rubber “SoftMotion” series (POES series) was the perfect match for the customer’s requirements. In combination with the extra-thick cushion layer, the special high-quality material blend reduces noise emissions considerably compared to the standard solid rubber tread. It also has an extremely low level of rolling resistance, making the trolleys quiet and easy to move. The impact-resistant properties of the tread also protect the transported goods. A complete solution comprising a combination of the Blickle “SoftMotion” wheels and the LKRA light duty bracket series with a suitable expander fitting replaced the castors which were previously used for the trolleys. Our proposed solution beat out the competition due to our well-established Blickle quality and our attractive pricing.The resultThe Blickle "SoftMotion” wheels lowered noise levels significantly and noticeably reduced the number of complaints from the surrounding area.

The perfect combination –  a tailored solution at an attractive price                     Swivel castor with wheel lock LE-TPA 127G-FK-FIRA-931223          The customer … is the leading US manufacturer of carts for the storage and transport of retail goods. Its customers include major global retail chains like Walgreens Boots Alliance, Dollar General and CVS. The challenge The American manufacturer produces a significant number of rollcontainers for the storage and transport of retail goods each year. Previously, the majority of these swivel castors were imported directly from China and supplied by a US competitor. To ensure that carts can be transported securely on trucks without taking up too much space, the swivel castors needed to have a low mounting height. The lock also needed to be secure. The customer previously used swivel castors with a wheel and swivel head brake. The fixed swivel heads were frequently damaged by the vibrations during transport. The customer also wanted to make the lock more user-friendly. The compact design of the carts and the low mounting height of the swivel castors meant that there was hardly any space between the release lever of the lock and the base of the cart.  Our solution The Blickle solution uses as many standard components as possible and leverages a fully automated production and assembly process. This makes it possible to provide tailored swivel castor systems at an attractive price in a price-sensitive market. To avoid damage to the swivel head during transport, the new system uses a wheel lock without a swivel head brake. A number of possible versions were discussed and shown to the customer. The solution which was ultimately selected is based on the standard swivel bracket with a rear-locking brake system (FI). The pedal was adjusted to make the release pedal for the wheel brake shorter. This makes it easy to activate and release the lock without touching the base of the cart.The result The Blickle “FIRA” wheel lock significantly reduced the amount of failures and damage during transport compared to the competitor’s castors. By using standard components and an automated manufacturing process, Blickle was able to provide the customer with a tailored solution at an attractive price, while ensuring that large volumes can be delivered quickly.

Smooth and stable – even under heavy loads                     Heavy duty swivel castor LH-POTH 125K-890621         The customer… is a specialist in the field of plastic extrusion and a leading global provider of plastic panels and plastic profile systems for windows, doors and roller shutters based in Germany. The company sells its products in almost 40 locations, and has over 5,600 employees worldwide.
The challengeAs part of the manufacturing process for glass door profiles, the customer transports its products internally using transport units. These transport units are moved two at a time, using either forklifts or other towing equipment. The tugger trains cover long distances on industrial concrete cover floors at speeds of up to eight kilometres per hour.Previously, the transport units were carried by four cast iron brackets with cast iron wheels supplied by a competitor. These wheels frequently collapsed, damaging both the transport unit and the ground.The customer wanted to find a castor solution which was more fit for purpose in order to reduce the risk of accidents and further damage. They also didn't want to spend any more than they had on the previous setup. The customer also required the solution to be smooth-running and have a long service life.Our solutionWe performed extensive driving tests using the heavy duty bracket of the LH series in combination with a variety of Blickle wheel series to find the solution which best met the customer's requirements. While keeping an eye on costs, Blickle developed an optimised version of the POTH wheel series with a reinforced nylon wheel centre, a larger ball bearing and a moulded 98 Shore A polyurethane tread.The robust LH series heavy duty bracket with hardened bearing seats was added to round out the optimal castor system. Blickle matched the hole pattern of the top plate fitting to make the castor easy for the customer to install at no additional cost.Compared to the cast iron castors which the customer was using before, the Blickle LH-POTH solution is smoother and much easier on the floor. It is also much quieter when in motion.The resultBy using the reinforced Blickle LH-POTH heavy duty castors, the customer significantly lowered their costs by greatly reducing the wear on the castors, decreasing subsequent costs and removing the need to repair the floor. The new system is also considerably better from an ergonomic perspective.

台北國際食品系列展 2021.06.23(三)-06.26(六)展區:南港展覽館二館-1樓展場位置:Q0433b時間:2021.06.23(三)~06.25(五) 10:00~18:00時間:2021.06.26(日) 10:00~17:00

The all-rounder                     Pressed steel swivel castors with bolt hole LER-POEV 125G-(FI)-SG         The customerBedrunka+Hirth is one of Germany‘s leading manufacturers of equipment and manual workstation systems. The SME employs around 120 people and sells its products across Europe through specialist traders.
The applicationThe manufacturer uses bolt hole swivel castors for mobile workbenches, drawer cabinets and mobile workstations. The modular mobile tool cabinets can be individually configured by the end customer. Because of this versatility, the tool cabinets come in a wide range of weight classes and provide a wide range of load-bearing capacities. Depending on how the end customer uses the workbench, the castors can be configured so that they are placed under a constant load, or capable of handling obstacles like thresholds or expansion joints.The customer was not satisfied with a competitor’s castors, which had a wheel diameter of 100 millimetres. These castors used a standard grey non-marking solid rubber wheel, and had a limited load-bearing capacity while still having a relatively high level of rolling resistance. The rubber tread frequently deformed under heavy loads, drastically reducing operational comfort.Our solution from the standard rangeBy using the LER-POEV series bolt hole swivel castor from Blickle‘s standard range, the equipment manufacturer is able to cover a much wider range of products than with the previous competing castor. Blickle’s solution has a wheel diameter of 125 millimetres with non-marking grey solid rubber tyres. It provides a higher load capacity, increased operational comfort and a far lower level of rolling resistance. Depending on requirements, it can be used with or without a rear “stop-fix” wheel and swivel head brake for optimal stability. The resultDue to the versatility of the Blickle LER-POEV series, the customer can order large quantities and benefit from attractive price arrangements. Deliveries can be made quickly and at short notice. The higher load capacity of the swivel castors with elastic solid rubber tyres also provides greater stability and scope to accommodate additional customer requests.

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