New from Aldershot-based machine element experts FATH Components is a range of precision engineered swivel castors with integrated lifting feet that are stated to provide effortless movement together with safe, positive positioning once in place. They can be seen for the first time in the UK on Stand No G260 at the Southern Manufacturing show at Farnborough.
12 models are available in the new range, with individual castor/feet units that are rated to carry loads varying from 1kg up to 250kg each. All variants of the castor provide full, 360° rotation combined with a positive lock-in-place lifting foot for secure positioning. A unique feature of the new FATH swivel castors which is expected to hold special appeal for end users is that the footpedal used to deploy the feet that ‘lock’ moveable units into place is geared at 1:20. So a 200kg load can be lifted with just 10kg of effort – significantly less than the typical clutch pedal pressure on many cars.
The M12 threaded feet on each swivel castor provide a 50mm diameter footprint together with a good range of adjustment for levelling purposes – up to 25mm dependent upon the model. Designers will welcome the news that every version in the new swivel castor lifting foot range comes with a special mounting plate allowing it to be readily fitted onto a variety of different frames and profile corners. Further, a unique feature of the new design ensures that the castor mounting plate fits flush to the edges of the frames, obviating the potential dangers or inconveniences of any unwanted protrusion.
FATH says that the new range is suited to modular profiles of both 40mm and 45mm, and that all models can also be used to fit rectangular profiles of both 40x80mm and 45x90mm. The company adds that the new castors allow users to implement frequent changes of equipment location which is both swift and fuss-free. Detail touches like the covering on the foot-operated lifting pedal and the special anti-slip plate used on the base of the feet ensure that the movement of units is also both safe and operator friendly. Equally importantly, these new swivel castors with integrated locking feet allow users to experience total freedom of movement by leaving behind them the obvious limitations of the ‘floor track and chock’ method seen in many workplaces.
Commenting on the arrival of its new range of swivel castors with integrated lifting feet, FATH UK Managing Director David Hayes says “For users wishing to move heavy units on the shop floor, or in an assembly area, warehouse or office, these new lifting foot swivel castors offer safety, security, significantly enhanced operational flexibility and durability”.