Institute of Caster and Wheel Manufacturers (ICWM) members are the Industry's leading suppliers of casters, wheels, and industrial trailer trucks, platform trucks and towline trucks. They supply caster and wheel solutions worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector. The association was formed in 1933.
ICWM members meet regularly to:
Standards Institute (ANSI) Canvass method and approved by ANSI on June 11, 2018, represents suggested design practices and operational requirements for Casters and Wheels. It was developed by MHI, along with the Institute of Caster and Wheel Manufacturers (“ICWM”), one of its Industry Groups, and is intended to provide useful information and guidance for owners, users, designers, purchasers and/or specifiers of material handling equipment or systems.
Jacob Moret, Iowa State University
The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. has awarded the $1,500 ICWM Lee Wood Scholarship to Jacob Moret at Iowa State University. Jacob is a rising junior majoring in Supply Chain Management with a concentration in Logistics. During the 2017 winter break, Jacob had an internship with Cargo Logistics. This summer, he will intern for John Deere’s supply chain management team where he will be doing cost reduction activities, supplier sourcing activities, developing inventory strategies/actions, working on supplier delivery performance issues and collecting industry data for analysis and sourcing recommendations. After graduation, Jacob plans to enter the workforce and continue to volunteer with numerous organizations to improve the community.
A caster is a complete wheel and horn assembly which, when attached to a piece of equipment, allows that item to move.
There are two basic types of casters:
Caster wheels come in a wide variety of materials, sizes and treads. The type and size of wheels chosen depends on:
Here are examples of 8 types of bearings used in the manufacturing on quality casters and wheels:
Manufacturers provide many accessories for specific applications:
The user is responsible for proper maintenance and operation of equipment. Some equipment is abused or subjected to unreasonable demands. Don't overload or drop loads on carts or trucks. High speeds on rough floors can create severe impact or shock loads that may cause wheel or equipment failure. Periodically examine equipment for:
It is certainly not true that "any old caster will do". Casters and wheels serve a vital role in industrial mobility, yet are commonly the unsung heroes. Choosing the correct caster for your application can ensure safety, performance and productivity.
In this webinar, the Institute of Caster and Wheel Manufacturers (ICWM) will explain why certain manufacturing tests help to ensure your casters are safe and top-notch performers. You will learn the ergonomics of casters and how selecting the right caster can reduce lower back injury and save your company money as injury claims drop. Prepare for future success and register today.
Don't know where to start when picking casters for your applications? We can help. Check out mhi.org/icwm for more information on caster ergonomics and safety.
Anupam Berry Bose