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The Importance of the Right Casters on Medical Equipment in a Healthcare Environment

The Importance of the Right Casters on Medical Equipment in a Healthcare Environment

To understand the importance of using the right casters on medical equipment in a healthcare environment, let us examine a scene in an archetypal hospital where patients, carts and sensitive equipment are constantly ushered to various rooms, crossing multiple floors and possibly traveling long distance. Since the environment is in flux, it is imperative to consider the performance and failure rates of casters when evaluating the design of medical equipment both using original casters and replacement casters. Since casters need to constantly perform at their peak and be durable to create a positive impact on ROI, the logical next step is to examine how to identify the right casters for intended applications. Here are a few key points to consider:
Safe Operating Envelope

Safe Operating Envelope

Just as there are safe operating envelopes for aircraft, there are safe operating envelopes for pushing and pulling carts. Just as for aircraft, the strength and endurance capabilities of the human operator play an important role in determining the safe operating envelopes for carts. Operating forces that stress the operator beyond their limits are outside the safe operating envelope. Consequently, measuring the forces exerted by the cart operator and comparing those forces to known operator limits is the basis for determining a safe operating envelope.
Case Study: A Closer Look at How Low Quality Casters Will Cost Your Organization in Productivity

Case Study: A Closer Look at How Low Quality Casters Will Cost Your Organization in Productivity

What is the Value of Productivity in Your Operations? Continuous improvement and lean manufacturing are top-of-mind with manufacturing and distribution organizations worldwide. The concept is that incremental changes can result in major cost wins for the organization. In a recent real-life client test scenario, high quality casters proved to be effective in increasing worker productivity by 10%. When factoring in wage costs of workers, this translates to significant productivity improvement related cost savings.
Designing Wheeled Equipment: Purchasing Considerations to Achieve Long-Term Ergonomic and Economic Success

Designing Wheeled Equipment: Purchasing Considerations to Achieve Long-Term Ergonomic and Economic Success

For organizations that rely heavily on wheeled equipment in their day-to-day operations, the purchasing department is tasked with making purchasing decisions that impact the design and handling of equipment. The purchasing department’s main goal is to minimize purchasing costs. This goal can be in direct opposition of other departmental goals. It’s important to remember that a solution that has a low up-front cost is not going to give the long-term, maintenance-free performance and ergonomic benefits of a higher quality, better engineered and therefore more expensive product.
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.
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.
Discovery Science Features Darcor Casters on

Discovery Science Features Darcor Casters on “How It’s Made”

Discovery Science's "How It's Made" features Darcor Casters in a recent episode.The show is a documentary TV series showing how common, everyday items are manufactured. This episode describes how the size of the object being moved determines the size of the casters required to move it. Heavier items requires casters with larger, thicker wheels and sometimes multiple wheels to better distribute the weight. The episode also explains some of the different requirements for different environments. Watch it Now

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