Plan Tech, Inc. selected to produce thousands of tight tolerance urethane guide wheels for an automated cart manufacturer
LOUDON, NH., November 27, 2017 — Plan Tech, Inc. selected to produce thousands of tight tolerance urethane guide wheels for an automated cart manufacturer. These urethane guide wheels are critical for the operation of the production facility. As the machine is in operation the cart will drive uphill and around corners at high speed. Four wheels mounted vertically to the track are cast of a 95A hardness that will provide maximum service life and absorb the vibration of any mismatch in the track while four horizontally wheels are mounted to each corner of the cart and will help guide the cart around corners with up to a 500 pounds of force on each cart.
The horizontal wheels are cast of a softer material that will provide some suspension to the cart as it speeds towards a corner. The softer wheels will compress and rapidly return to their original shapes for years to come. Originally our customer was using a rubber wheel that was not holding up to the abuse that the machine produced. During testing, our customer found Plan Tech’s extensive molding experience and high-performance materials to outperform the original rubber wheels by 300%.
We can incorporate additives that will increase abrasion resistance and add lubricity to keep products from sticking. An Anti-static additive is also common to reduce any static build up from sliding friction. Plan Tech Production Manager, Cody Henry said, “From the beginning when Plan Tech was first approved with this unique problem we were able to confidently say that our urethane guide wheels outperformed the traditional rubber wheels and won the business for a variety of different sizes. Plan Tech engineered the OEM wheels and designed a mold in record time”.
About Plan Tech
Plan Tech Inc, headquartered in Loudon, NH manufactures custom molded cast polyurethane parts for industry. For over 30 years, we have combined speed and precision to manufacture the highest quality industrial cast polyurethane parts. Plan Tech has an outstanding team of dedicated employees with exceptional talents and industry-leading expertise. We are very proud of the “company we keep.” Our customers include many Fortune 500 companies, most of whom have been customers for 20+ years. Their drive to become industry leaders has helped us do the same.