The Wheel 2.0™ (Why) wheel has been used for transportation and load movement for thousands of years, and for good reason; it’s simple, easy to deploy and highly adaptable. But wheels have limitations. While they’re great for moving a few hundred – or even a few thousand – pounds, things quickly become more complicated when loads exceed 5 tons, 50 tons or more.

The air caster is the first real alternative to the wheel to come along in millennia. Conceived in the early ‘60s by researchers at General Motors, air bearings are ideally suited for heavy load movement. Among their many advantages:

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Because they’re frictionless, air bearings reduce wear and tear on floors.

For these and other reasons, many people are calling this unique load movement device “the new wheel” or “the Wheel 2.0™.”

But like wheels, air casters also have limitations. First, they require a relatively smooth, flat and level floor to operate at optimal efficiency. They also need a reliable supply of compressed air. The advantages offered by air bearings, however, far outweigh these modest limitations.

Are air casters the right solution for your material handling challenge? Contact Airfloat today to speak with an applications engineer.

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