Air Casters

Don't be fooled by cheaper imitators. We use only 100% urethane diaphrams in our air casters, which outlasts & outperforms cloth-reinforced air casters.

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Airfloat Air Casters have a reputation for quality. Our air casters utilize a 100% urethane diaphragm with superior wear resistance. Urethane casters outperform and outlast neoprene or urethane-coated fabrics used by other manufacturers.

The urethane used in Airfloat’s diaphragms is a special high-strength grade which is even more tear resistant than the cloth-reinforced materials used by others.

Under certain unfavorable conditions, an air caster will temporarily lose its lubricating air film. When this occurs, the highly elastic Airfloat air casters will normally stretch and not retain any permanent damage. A fabric-reinforced diaphragm cannot stretch and will normally tear if the air bearing continues to move without its air film.

Lower Drag Forces and Less Air Consumption

Airfloat’s air caster diaphragms are constructed of smooth textured, completely homogeneous material. When pressurized the diaphragm will stretch uniformly and closely follow the contours of the floor, maintaining a consistent air film. This is evident with lower drag forces and less air consumption than that produced by fabric-reinforced diaphragms. Since the air film that air caster ride on is very thin, even bumps produced by the weave of the fabric will allow the material to stretch, producing a non-uniform air film thickness around the air caster footprint. Accordingly, higher drag forces can result.

Airfloat utilizes a 100% urethane diaphragm material with superior wear resistance over neoprene or urethane-coated fabrics used by other manufacturers.”

In addition, when an air caster temporarily loses its air film at the leading edge, there is great stress trying to tear and roll the diaphragm off the backing plate. Airfloat utilizes an extremely strong mechanical-rolled steel head for diaphragm attachment. Other manufacturers depend on staples or adhesive bonding methods.

Learn more about how air caster technology works and then contact us to discuss how air casters fit into your custom-engineered system.

Steel Air Skid

Steel Air Skid

Airfloat air skids allow for the safe movement of your materials. Air skids, placed under a load for movement, can be used to move almost anything, including sensitive, high precision machinery. An optional pendant control provides "Dead Man" control over the air skid system. Capacities are dependent upon air caster sizes and quantity.

Air Caster Turntable

Air Caster Turntable

Designed with air caster technology, large loads are easily rotated on Airfloat turntables. The enclosed structure design provides an operating surface and full protection for the air casters. Airfloat can design and build turntables to any size and load capacity. Special fixtures or load support hardware can also be provided.

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