Casters for Heavy Load Handling on a bearing of air. The latest on Air Film Technology in the
Material Handling Industry. Replacement Air Casters, Rentals, rigging equipment
and Air Film Systems. Also Wheeled vehicles with omni-directional steering for
handling heavy loads.
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HEAVY LOAD WHEELED VEHICLES
FOR THE MATERIAL HANDLING OF HEAVY LOADS
Wheel-based handling solutions
load handling systems are based on either air bearings or wheels, or a
combination of both. The wheeled solutions are used in applications where the
floor is not suitable for air bearings and in applications for both indoor and
One of the industry leading
features of our wheeled transporters and Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV's)
is the 'On-Center Rotation', and 'Fluid Suspension' - enabling these axle assemblies
to turn in ANY direction under full load. By sharing fluid with the
surrounding axle assemblies, it allows our wheel assemblies to operate
over highly irregular floor surface conditions. The Wheeled transporters
are available as both hydraulic electric or hydraulic motor driven
Drive illustrating fluid suspension
This wheel module design expands the
proven capabilities developed for moving thousand-ton loads down highways
and over rough terrain, into a revolutionary new means of functionality
for AGVs, heavy mobile platforms, transfer cars, platform transporters,
and any other wheeled vehicle application. Machinery manufacturers can now
build or assemble equipment of virtually ANY size and capacity and move
with ease over a wide variety of adverse in-plant surface conditions, as
well as negotiate highly congested areas that normally limit travel to
The Wheelift® all-directional steer, equalizing suspension
makes it possible to spread platform loads over 6, 10, 20 or more
independent axle assemblies and still have precisely equalized loading on
every tire regardless of floor variations. It is now practical to carry
extremely heavy loads across relatively thin floor slabs.
The on-center-rotation-steering wheel modules are ideally suited for
our automatic guided vehicle (AGV) systems — offering the expanded
capability to do on-center rotation, lateral travel, and direct reversing
travel — travel capabilities that can not be obtained with conventional
wheel or caster systems.
This photo shows
an 18” diameter by 11” face Uniload wheel module rotating with
a 40,000 lb load bearing directly above it. The test surface
has a piece of simple craft paper glued to plywood as a wheel
scrubbing demonstration. There is minimal effort required to
rotate the axle under full load.
specifically for in-plant operations, the Wheelift design allows much lower deck
heights and heavier capacities in the more compact packages needed to operate
indoors in highly congested plant areas and to travel down narrow intersecting
aisles. The suspension and all-directional steering of Wheelift all-wheel driven
AGVs and operator driven transporters are key elements that make very heavy load
capacity vehicles possible.
& HEADLESS WHEELED TRANSPORTERS
WHEEL & AXLE ASSEMBLIES ABOVE: a four axle transporter in which
each axle has independent on-center rotation; a vertical lifting, fluid
suspension, center column; wide face solid urethane tires; electric motor
drives on every wheel; and the ability to tilt laterally to +/- 4 degrees
to provide fully equalized loading across every wheel, regardless of the
surface conditions. (under Transporter shot)
The "Headed" Transporter, Pictured Above: is referred to as having
a “headed” configuration. That is, it has a raised engine and controls
compartment at one end of the transporter to house the engine-driven
generator package, the suspensions hydraulic power pack, and the
electrical panels. In the “headed” or raised engine compartment versions,
transporters are confined to entering and exiting the load in one
direction. Also available is an extremely low profile “headless”
transporters (shown bottom/left), where all of the engine/generator and
control components are under the load platform deck. This allows the
transporters to enter and exit loads from ANY direction. There are
specific advantages to both configurations. Headless transporters are
typically used in “tandem” operations where two, three, or four
transporters align to carry large loads while operating as a single unit.
Headless transporters can also drive through under several in-line units
to handle progressive line moves.
The "Headless" Transporter
Pictured Above: Illustrates two transporters in the final assembly
phase. The transporters measure 6 1/2 feet wide by 12 foot long deck with
an additional 15" sticking out one end for the propane tanks and computer
display screen. The transporters, whether operating singularly or in
tandem, are controlled by a wireless hand held controller. These
transporters are each rated at 110,000 pounds capacity. They have a deck
height of 18-1/2" in the lowered position, with a total lift stroke of 6
inches. These particular transporters have two sources of power. A
propane conversion gas engine drives a generator which in turn powers the
wheel motors hydraulic power pack for the fluid suspension system. The
alternate power source is an umbilical line to shore power as a back up
and for use when entering a clean room environment.
SOLVING LIGHTER DUTY WHEELED VEHICLES
Electric wheeled Solving Transporter meets the requirements of a clean
and dust free environment in the transformer industry.
Heavy diesel engines are moved through assembly with a wheeled handling
system from Solving.
AMERICAN SOLVING INC
6519 EASTLAND PLAZA • BROOK PARK, OHIO (USA) 44142