Posts from Anton Malek

Ergonomic Considerations in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Ergonomic Considerations in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

The automotive industry is one of the biggest players in providing ergonomic mandates for their plant employees. Many automotive manufacturing companies use existing health and safety standards, such as OSHA, to develop their own set of guidelines. In an automotive plant, there are many tasks that require the right kind of posture or equipment to handle or transport product in order to keep employees safe and healthy.
Industry Ergonomic Regulations to Keep Your Workers Safe

Industry Ergonomic Regulations to Keep Your Workers Safe

In many countries and regions around the world, there are health and safety organizations, like Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in North America, that provide regulations that give manufacturing plants guidelines to follow to ensure their workers remain healthy and safe with minimal risk of workplace injury. Many of these organizations will recommend minimum safety standards for companies to follow and deal primarily with operational techniques (i.e. lifting, carrying, and pushing). Some of these associations will also recommend maximum exertion forces, noise decibel levels and maximum weight someone should be allowed to carry. In the caster world, where transporting heavy loads can become a huge safety issue, these properly implemented regulations can prevent many worker injuries and save companies thousands of dollars in workplace injury costs.
Effects of Extreme Temperatures and Environments on Caster Performance

Effects of Extreme Temperatures and Environments on Caster Performance

Casters are used on a variety of applications that range from rough terrain to debris ridden floors to ovens and freezers. Using the wrong caster for an application can seriously degrade the caster performance and, in extreme cases, may even cause injury to the user. Find out how high temperature and wet environments can impact the ideal performance of your casters.
Applied Ergonomics Conference 2016 Highlights – AEC 2016

Applied Ergonomics Conference 2016 Highlights – AEC 2016

The 2016 Applied Ergo show held Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando in March 2016 saw a record number of attendees. The venue provided a great atmosphere to network with some of the leading ergonomists, many of whom were looking for the latest products and services that center upon this unique field of study. The interest in ergonomics continues to grow with various studies and medical papers being written that support the need to focus on injury prevention and reducing workplace related fatigue. Darcor has contributed to these papers by developing The Guide to Workplace Ergonomics which covers a variety of areas to ensure employee health and safety, with specific focus on overexertion injuries that occur in the workplace. Some of the well-attended workshops and featured speakers at AEC 2016 included…
Darcor Casters Launches Customizable Ergonomic Medical Caster to Support Workplace Ergonomics in the Healthcare Industry

Darcor Casters Launches Customizable Ergonomic Medical Caster to Support Workplace Ergonomics in the Healthcare Industry

Workplace ergonomics leader, Darcor Casters and Wheels, is pleased to launch the dual wheel, modular APL series caster. This newly engineered ergonomic medical caster provides the capability of customizing many features, including a central lock braking system, stem and post mounts, and colour-matching covers to blend seamlessly on medical devices and medical equipment.
The Science of Caster Wheels and Impact on Workplace Ergonomics

The Science of Caster Wheels and Impact on Workplace Ergonomics

Designing and equipping carts for transporting heavy loads is a crucial area of focus as creating the best cart for the specific application can have a major impact on workplace ergonomics. Not only is the design of the structure of the cart important (e.g. handhold height/orientation/type, design, stability, size), but the casters used on the cart can have a significant effect as well. Combining the science of caster wheel radius and material can help you choose the optimum wheel design to meet your company’s ergonomic needs.
5 Questions to Ask when Choosing a Caster

5 Questions to Ask when Choosing a Caster

Choosing the right caster will make the difference between a high maintenance caster that will require constant upkeep or frequent replacement and one that will require little to no upkeep because of its specific design and how it works for your environment. But not all casters are created equal and in order to get the most out of your ergonomic casters, there are many variables to consider. Here are some key questions to ask when choosing casters. Answering these 5 questions up front makes the decision of choosing a caster much easier and will reduce time and energy in the longer term.
ErgoExpo 2015 Webinar - Ergonomics and the Characteristics of Casters: Reducing Workplace Injury

ErgoExpo 2015 Webinar – Ergonomics and the Characteristics of Casters: Reducing Workplace Injury

In November 2015, Darcor presented at the National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo. If you missed the webinar, you can watch it now. Topic: Ergonomics and the Characteristics of Casters: Reducing Workplace Injury Presented by: Anton Malek, Product Specialist and Application Engineer, Darcor Casters and Wheels Description: The development of the caster was a significant innovation during the industrial era, when laborers required an easy and effective way of moving heavy loads in various settings. As design and material science progressed throughout the years, we’ve seen new developments in the evolution of the caster, from wheel material, to heavy duty steel rigs, to various bearing options. Within the constantly growing industrial workplace, the concept of designing ergonomically friendly industrial equipment has become a key focus for leading caster manufacturers. The right caster can improve safety and productivity while reducing the risk of injury. Product Specialist and Applications Engineer, Anton Malek, will guide you through the characteristics of casters, incorporating discussion of wheel materials, floor conditions, operating environment, rig design and push/pull forces. Session takeaways: • Discuss the science behind casters • Explain the effectiveness of casters as a long-term ergonomic mobility solution • Add new strategies for reducing injuries related to overexertion
Why Noise Reducing Casters Are Important for Workplace Ergonomics

Why Noise Reducing Casters Are Important for Workplace Ergonomics

Workplace ergonomics has become a vital initiative for many companies over the years and casters are at the forefront of reaching many of ergonomic goals. One initiative is the reduction of noise pollution on manufacturing plant floors. Ear protection is important in noisy environment. But choosing the right caster can also help in reducing these unwanted noise levels and maintain a safe working environment.
Fork-Free Revolution to Support Material Handling Ergonomics

Fork-Free Revolution to Support Material Handling Ergonomics

Many large companies have decided that they would like to go forklift free in their plants. This movement not only reduces operational costs of running forklifts but also, and most importantly, reduces injuries that occur from forklift accidents. The switch to forklift free means that workers will be required to move considerably heavy loads manually or with the use of AGV’s (Automated Guided Vehicles). For moving carts manually, there is the issue of being able to move the same heavy loads as a forklift and maintaining productivity while at the same time keeping workers safe and unfatigued. Whether transitioning from forklifts to manual wheeled carts or AGVs, the reality is that the ergonomic integrity of the casters have a major positive impact on going fork-free.

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