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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.

A clean solution                     Heavy duty pneumatic tyres PS 430/30-90K and flanged wheels SPK 250K         The customer… is Austria-based manufacturer of vehicles and machinery used for urban hygiene, with a focus on street cleaning and sewer cleaning. The company was established over 50 years ago and currently employs around 50 people. Its product range includes road sweepers with capacities of between 1 - 12 m³, street washers, special equipment like rail groove cleaners and a wide range of specialised accessories.
The applicationMany of the sweepers provided by the vehicle and machinery manufacturer are fitted with Blickle wheels and castors. One particularly interesting item is a specially developed rail groove cleaning device which can be attached directly behind any vehicle with a trailer coupling and an existing pneumatic, hydraulic and water system. The attachment was designed specifically for cleaning along tramway tracks, and is already in use in a number of cities across the world, including Stuttgart, Saarbrücken, Riga and Doha/Qatar.The device is lowered onto the rails using a pneumatic system. The trolley of the rail groove cleaner uses four Blickle SPK 250K flanged wheels with ball bearings. With two running wheels which can be pneumatically extended and retracted (Blickle PS series heavy duty pneumatic wheels), the system is guaranteed to run at speeds of up to 25 km/h.Our solution from the standard rangeThe two PS series running wheels with a wheel diameter of 420 mm are perfectly suited for outdoor applications. They are particularly good at preserving floors and reducing noise levels, while also being resistant to a wide range of aggressive substances. The PS 430/30-90K heavy duty pneumatic wheels provide a load capacity of 500 kg at a speed of 25 km/h. As this application does not make full use of the load capacity on offer, the customer has stated (at its own risk) that the system is capable of operating at speeds of up to 40 km/h. The extremely wear-resistant SPK 250K flanged wheels, made from robust grey cast iron, keep the system secure and stable on the rails. The cast wheels have a low rolling resistance and can resist temperatures of up to 120 °C. Considering the heat which can be generated by the friction with the rails, this is a significant advantage. The resultThe cleaning machine manufacturer can use a single supplier for all of the wheels and castors which they need. Outstanding Blickle quality and quick delivery times are guaranteed, reducing administrative costs and expenses related to complaints and returns to a minimum.

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