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.
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Breanna Schneider, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The 2023 Sabine Batsche Memorial Scholarship sponsored by ICWM has been awarded to Breanna Schneider, a senior Supply Chain Management student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also studying Operations and Technology Management with a certificate in Data Science. This summer she will intern at W.W. Grainger as a Global Supply Chain Intern. Currently she is working as a tutor for the UW-Madison Athletics Office as well as continuing her summer of 2022 internship as a Market Research Intern for Breakthrough Fuel. At Breakthrough she is involved in developing data-driven energy and freight market insights. Breanna plans to enter the workforce after graduation and eventually earn an MBA in Supply Chain Management.
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.