When it comes to harsh environments, heavy weights and unforgiving timetables, it’s tough to find more extreme conditions than what the ground support equipment associated with airport and aircraft manufacturing facilities face daily. And for many of their applications, not just any caster wheel will do.
Aerol was the first to manufacture a permanent molded all-aluminum caster and wheel. This aluminum construction coupled with sealed bearings offers a maintenance-free, heavy duty caster that fills a critical need for casters that can take all the abuse that’s dished out and roll with it.
Aerol is directly responsible for the evolution of ground service equipment, designing everything from relatively simple caster-mounted dollies to elaborate running gear systems. Our casters are entirely aluminum, including the yoke, swivel section, and wheel core. The all-aluminum construction also means that the overall weight of the caster is reduced to about 1/3 the weight of equivalent steel and iron core wheels. But this reduced weight doesn’t mean reduced performance: you’re still assured of the same strength and capacity that you would find in a typical steel caster.
The universal acceptance of Aerol wheels and casters for high-performance environments supports the choice of aluminum as the base material in producing premium components. Having a caster wheel built entirely out of aluminum offers several benefits, including:
Aerol has earned a great reputation as a leader in providing superior casters used in Aviation Ground Support and Aircraft Maintenance equipment. The military, major airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and ground support service providers choose us for casters that deliver a lifetime of trouble-free service.
Each wheel is on its own separate axle with separate legs: it’s like having two separate casters on one top plate. This is extremely beneficial because it helps to keep both wheels on the ground to help keep the cart or dolly level, even when the ground isn’t level or an obstruction is encountered. It also helps avoid excessive stress on just one caster wheel, reducing the risk of failure and potential injuries.
For commercial running gear applications, Aerol offers three “thru-axle” running gear designed to handle the majority of situations. These designs are:
Light Duty — 4,000 lbs. per axle
Medium Duty — 8,000 lbs. per axle
Heavy Duty — 12,000 lbs. per axle.
In addition to Commercial Running Gear, Aerol manufactures an extensive line of mobile equipment components and assemblies that meet the requirements of Military Specifications. These include the Banjo Mount where the wheels and spring suspension are mounted on the side of the carriage with rotary movement, and the SAM Suspension Unit which also mounts on the side of the carriage and features linear movement.