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Website helps simplify caster design and purchasing decisions

Toronto, ON -- To make a workplace safer and more efficient, you don't have to reinvent the wheel -- just use a bet...


Toronto, ON — To make a workplace safer and more efficient, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel — just use a better one, says Darcor Casters.

The global provider of casters has introduced a new website (www.darcor.com) that demonstrates how a small investment in the right equipment can have a big impact on a company’s workplace safety, efficiency and its bottom line.

“Darcor’s new website simplifies the process of sourcing the right caster by creating a state-of-the-art, virtual “touch and feel” experience for visitors that ensures they can easily select the correct product for a specific need, load and environment,” said Rob. E. Hilborn, president, Darcor Casters.

“We also host the industry’s first webinar series and web-based interactive seminars to ensure that engineers, designers and decision-makers can easily make accurate decisions about the type of caster best suited for their particular needs.”

The website features a caster selector tool that makes it easy to choose the right caster for the job. The tool is focused on solving a current challenge (such as overexertion injuries or noise) and then making a selection based on criteria including industry type and application. If a custom design is required, the site provides a human interface through an immediate link to Darcor’s engineering department. Key products also feature detailed mounting configurations and downloadable 3-D CAD models.

How can casters help?

Serious overexertion injuries, the top cause of workplace injuries, cost U.S. companies more than $13 billion per year (according to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company’s Workplace Safety Index 2003). With more than 200,000 serious overexertion injuries reported each year at an average cost of $65,000 per injured worker, the human and financial burden, downtime and lost productivity can have an extremely negative impact on a company’s bottom line.

An estimated 85%-95%** of overexertion injuries are a result of cumulative trauma caused by activities such as pushing or pulling a heavy load with improper equipment (according to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company’s Workplace Safety Index 2003). In many of those situations, the problem can be solved by replacing ineffective parts with high quality, ergonomically-designed casters that significantly reduce the force required to move them.

Additionally, caster failure can often result in lost productivity, such as the shut down of an automotive line, which can cost $20,000 to $55,000 a minute (according to an Advanced Technology Services Inc. 2005 Survey). Proven in stringent testing to withstand the toughest conditions, Darcor’s casters have been shown to reduce downtime, which is why they are used by the three largest medical equipment manufacturers in the world. Plus, they are quieter and virtually maintenance-free, even in the harshest environments and operating conditions.