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Air Casters Provide Simple Rigging Solutions
Fri January 18, 2013, 10:17 am
Rigging, R. Baker & Son
Air caster rigging systems, also known as air skates, use a continuously flowing thin layer of air to float heavy loads across smooth surfaces, similar to the operation of a hovercraft. Unlike wheels, air casters are omni-directional and nearly frictionless, and just one to five pounds of force is required to move 1,000 lbs. of load. This allows one person or a small crew to move thousands of pounds with minimal effort, complete control, and no floor damage. Standard air caster rigging systems can handle loads weighing up to 100 tons.
R. Baker & Son frequently uses air casters for rigging large equipment where smooth, non-porous floors are present, such as in plant relocation projects. Several low-profile modules are placed at strategic support points beneath a load to evenly distribute the weight. Compressed air lifts the load and allows easy movement and precise positioning, even in confined spaces. If floors are not completely smooth (cracks or expansion joints, etc.) or loads are being moved over transitional areas, overlay materials can be used to create an even surface.