Better hygiene and safety in production
The food industry needs to meet especially stringent requirements in terms of hygiene and quality assurance. Production faults may be harmful to the health of consumers. Processes and plants are therefore designed in detail to meet the specific requirements of this industry - this includes the wheels and castors which are used.
These are used, for example, in production plants as well as in conveyor or storage systems. The usually damp environment and frequent cleaning, usually with aggressive chemicals, presents a great challenge: Both of these factors cause corrosion to the steel brackets of the castors and attack polyurethane treads, so that these wear and deteriorate quicker. This results in an increased risk of injury to employees and contamination of the goods.
Resistant to moisture and chemicals
The wheels in the POBS series, for example, manage to meet these stringent hygiene requirements. The tread is made from the premium reaction-injected polyurethane Blickle Besthane Soft, and is resistant to both moisture and aggressive chemicals. The wheels feature very low rolling resistance, a high dynamic load capacity and load capacities of up to 500 kilogrammes. The thick and soft-injected tread also ensures comfortable, low-noise rolling and does not leave any marks or discolouration on the floor. The bracket for the swivel and fixed castors in this series are made from high-quality stainless steel. This makes them corrosion-resistant and perfectly suited for conditions in the food industry.
Detection of detached fragments with metal detectors
Companies in the food sector also need customised solutions. For example, the company developed special nylon wheels for a customer where stainless steel fibres were included in the injection moulding process. With this, detached fragments can be detected with the aid of metal detectors. These wheels are used on butchers' trolleys, which are emptied directly over the processing plant. This enabled the company to guarantee a high level of safety by preventing fragments of material from entering the production process.
Blickle’s POTHS wheel series provides an exceptional level of operational comfort. Blickle tailored the appearance of this wheel series for hygiene applications and the food industry. The series combines a white wheel centre with a blue tread. This makes it easier to detect any dirt or debris and helps our customers meet the strict hygiene requirements of the food industry. Blickle also provides corrosion-resistant stainless steel versions. The wheels offer good floor preservation and are completely non-marking. High-quality materials ensure a long service life. The wheel consists of a heavy and ultra-stable nylon wheel centre and a tread made of thermoplastic polyurethane. With a hardness of 80 Shore A, the soft tread has excellent shock absorption properties and provides low levels of rolling resistance. This reduces the noise levels produced during transport and ensures pleasant operation with low vibrations. The low level of rolling resistance makes obstacles like thresholds easy to move past. The injection moulded polyurethane tread is chemically bonded with the robust wheel centre, allowing the wheel to withstand high lateral loads.