Posted November 7, 2018

Hamilton Caster casters and wheels for AGVs

Hamilton Caster announced a new comprehensive offering of casters and wheels designed for Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and other continuous-duty applications.

Hamilton AGV castersRecent high demand for AGVs triggered this new standard product offering designed for 24/7 operation.

“The design for these AGV casters and wheels stems from a compilation of lessons learned from past custom AGV applications," said Jeff Spektor, Hamilton’s chief caster engineer. "Our customers provided excellent feedback over the years to share the 'how’s and why’s' of premature wear of certain components. I’m proud to say that we were able to address each one of them and incorporate the 'fixes' into this new bullet-proof AGV Series.”

The series features Hamilton’s forged steel caster construction and HPI swivel technology. HPI was developed years ago in response to an AGV application and outperforms conventional CNC-machined ball raceways, kingpinless and unit load bearing swivel constructions. The Hamilton engineers then hand-picked two polyurethane treads—DuraGlide-AGV and Ergo-Glide-XT-AGV—for their easy rolling, quiet operation and overall stellar durability. The DuraGlide-AGV wheel is Hamilton's choice for the majority of AGV applications. Engineers formulated DuraGlide to run much cooler than most polyurethanes resulting in an excellent wheel for continuous duty applications. Select Ergo-Glide-XT-AGV to repel foreign objects/debris (FOD) and for a softer ride.

For added durability, the wheel cores of the 3-inch, 4-inch and 5-inch wide wheels were upgraded from cast iron to forged steel. The forged steel cores feature larger hubs to accommodate larger size and number of precision ball bearings to significantly increase the bearing life. Engineers then designed press-fit top hat spanner bushings to eliminate axial play and reduce noise.