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Tips on Selecting and Maintaining Metal Wheels
Reliance Foundry outlines the best practices for ensuring industrial cart production remains high
With over 85 years of experience in providing durable, long-lasting steel wheels, Reliance Foundry understands the importance of ensuring that material transfer carts remain productive. That is why Reliance Foundry employs quality process standards in the production of all the metal wheels in its catalogue. The result is wheels that provide industry-leading tensile strength and exceptional durability. Through years of providing industry-leading service, Reliance has gained knowledge on some of the best practices for getting the full life out of wheels. Before purchasing, it is advisable to take the following points into consideration to ensure that your industrial cart wheels perform to their full potential and keep your transfer carts productive.
Reliance Foundry provides durable products that can be constructed from a wide range of materials and that are available in a variety of finishes. Reliance Foundry does not market its products for use in specific applications. If you have any questions on the composition dimensions, and/or safe working load required for any specific application, it is advisable that you consult an engineer.
Reliance Foundry employs quality process standards in the production of all steel wheels.
Adhered to load limits.
Weight that exceeds suggested levels can damage metal cart wheels. Whether single or double flanged, cart wheels may become flattened by excessive loads. An over-loaded cart may also break the flanges off wheels and further damage track. Be sure to check your required safe working load demands, and compare it against the rating of the wheel your are purchasing.
Observe suggested speeds.
Whether using steel or iron, flanged or flat-faced, cart wheels can be severely damaged when carts are run at speeds that exceed suggested norms. Excessive speeds will also shorten the life of the wheel.
Keep tracks well aligned and level.
Misaligned tracks can create significant problems such as side-loading (against the flanges) and shear-loading that will damage the material being transported. Pay special attention to rail joints as they can also cause problems for industrial wheels.
Maintain your cart wheels.
Always consult OEM and transfer cart manufacturer guidelines for maintaining and inspecting rails and transfer cart wheels. Enusre they remain clean and free from damage.
Ensure that cart wheels are composed of an appropriate material.
Using improper wheels of an improper composition will put increased strain on the rails and shorten their life. Wheels of the wrong composition or size for the track may also experience a shortened lifespan. Manufacturers should readily post wheel dimensions, sizes and specifications for your reference. Generally speaking, steel cart wheels can provide high levels of strength and durability but you may wish to consult an engineer on the requirements for your application.
Use cart wheels with the proper level of anti-corrosion.
In damp environments, the minimal rust and corrosion resistance that steel wheels provide, often make them an acceptable choice. In more extreme applications, stainless steel wheels or custom galvanized cart wheels may be required.
Ensure that cart wheels can endure the heat in your environment.
Certain wheel compositions stand up better than others in high heat environments. Many high-heat environments require special planning. For these applications, you may wish to consult an engineer to determine which type of wheel is best suited for your cart.
Reliance Foundry carries 5 varieties of in-stock, single flanged steel wheels.
Whatever the requirements of your industrial wheel application may be, Reliance Foundry can provide the solution. Reliance Foundry carries five varieties of single-flanged wheels and eight varieties of double-flanged wheels in stock. Value-added services are available, and Reliance will always take the extra step to ensure that every wheel meets the exact specifications of any project. Reliance Foundry works to ensure that its customers are seamlessly supplied. Please visit Reliance Foundry’s Wheel web site to view the latest wheel offerings.
Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd. delivers the highest-quality stock and custom-designed products for architectural site furnishings, traffic management and industrial applications. Since 1925, Reliance Foundry has built upon a long tradition of metal casting expertise to become an award-winning supplier for high-profile and everyday needs across North America.