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What Are Conductive Casters & Why Do You Need Them? April 12, 2018

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What Are Conductive Casters & Why Do You Need Them?, Manhattan, New York

Industrial handling equipment models vary greatly to meet the needs of a wide range of businesses. A commonly used item is an electrically conductive caster, which helps to carry delicate equipment as it provides an added level of protection against a static electric charge. Conductive casters and wheels are important system components in nearly all industries, including medical engineering, electrical and semi-conductor industries, the automotive industry, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, commercial kitchens, retail space, and more. If you’re unfamiliar with what conductive casters are and how they might benefit you or your clientele, consider the following information. 

What You Need to Know About Conductive Casters

What They Are

In simple terms, conductive casters help to collect electrostatic charges that have built up on industrial equipment, and then release the charges into the ground. As electrical static builds up on a piece of equipment, workers, staff, and shoppers are at risk of electrostatic discharge, which delivers a shock that could potentially lead to injury and leave you financially liable if you own or manage a business. With the use of these casters, however, you can rest easy knowing that the probability of electrostatic shock is virtually eliminated as the static electricity is funneled directly back into the ground below. 

When They’re Used

Because these casters are so highly conductive, they’re useful in fields that incorporate electronic equipment and/or on applications that pick up friction across multiple surfaces, such as metal shopping carts.


Businesses that transport electronic equipment are required to consider the amount of static electricity that builds up as friction increases with movement. If the electrostatic builds up, it can severely and permanently damage the electronic equipment, leaving you with repair or replacement costs. Conductive casters remove the threat of electrostatic discharge and dispel the electricity into the floor where it cannot harm the inventory. 

In a similar vein, retail establishments that make use of shopping carts and other mobile carts are wise to incorporate conductive casters. Metal carts rack up static electricity as they roll, especially in spaces with carpeted floors. This can cause an unsuspecting shopper to feel a nasty shock, deterring business and lessening the consumer’s experience. Utilizing conductive casters eliminates this problem, as they gather the static energy and move it away from the cart and consumer, making for a safer, more pleasant experience for every patron. 

Finding high-quality casters in Farmingdale, NY, is as easy as calling the team at Casters, Wheels and Industrial HandlingSince 1959, they have provided high quality industrial, furniture, and medical equipment to businesses all over the area. Their team of experts are well-versed in all caster applications and can help you to navigate the right choice for your specific needs. For more help, visit them online or call (631) 650-0500.

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