Rotacaster makes a multi-directional wheel for hand trucks, conveyors and robots.

Background

The Rotacaster wheel is a unique omni-directional and multi-purpose wheel with unrivalled manoeuvrability. It is the only multi-directional wheel technology developed primarily as an industrial and commercial floor wheel. Its unique system uses a fixed orientated main wheel, which allows forward and reverse movement without fighting a swivel caster offset. The peripheral rollers facilitate turning, rotational, lateral and diagonal movement.

Its use can open the door for products that provide new levels of safety, ease of use and productivity.

Product benefits

Manufactured entirely from engineering resins/polymers, the Rotacaster is light, durable, impact and corrosive resistant with no pins, inserts or seams. It has a high load bearing capacity, stable mounting capabilities and delivers a smooth ride quality making it ideal for tough environments and industrial applications.  Offering superior directional control and tracking, precise positioning without swivel offset correction or resistance from misaligned swivel castors, applications include –

  1. The award winning materials handling Rotatruck – improving workplace safety, efficiency and productivity. winner of the ‘Most Innovative WHS Idea (SME)’ with the Hunter Safety Award in March 2016.
  2. Robot wheels – leveraging the durability, ride quality and multi-directional manoeuvrability required for a high performance robotic wheel
  3. Conveyor and load transfers –  enabling easier movement of items in all direction no matter their size or weight for driven or free spinning applications. A rustless durable alternative to ball transfers.

Find more detail on Rotacaster’s website at www.rotacaster.com.au.

Target market

Materials handling, robotics, and conveyor and load transfer markets.

Progress

Rotacaster is making headway in Australia and international markets in the USA and Europe.  With PKF’s assistance, Rotacaster has entered into strategic partnerships with a specialist design house and University of Technology Sydney, and a local and global designer of conveyor systems to develop its Omni-directional wheel technology for the global conveyor market. this initiative is supported by a $250,000 grant from the Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre.