How do ball units work?

In a nutshell, Alwayse Ball Transfer Units are omnidirectional load-bearing spherical balls which are designed to handle different kinds of materials. These devices are a type of conveyor system that allow materials to be quickly transported across an array of units known as ball transfer tables.

Ball units are esoteric devices that have significant applications in the commercial and industrial sectors. In this blog, we’re going to take a quick look at how these machines work and why you may want to consider investing in a few of them for your workshop.


Constitution of a ball unit

Alwayse Ball Transfer Units are relatively simple devices that don’t have many moving parts. They’re made up of a load bearing spherical ball that is mounted within a restraining fixture. These balls are typically made from steel, but can also be made from plastic or wood.

These balls are supported by smaller bearings located within the container that allow the balls to move omnidirectionally. A combination of these units creates a ball transfer system that is used to transport loads in airports, factories and warehouses.


Variety and common applications of ball units

Ball transfer units are available in several sizes and are used either individually or within ball unit systems to create convenient conveyor networks for products, parts and materials to manoeuvre up, down and sideways through.

Unlike traditional conveyor belts or other sorts of mechanical or electronic production lines, ball transfer units don’t require any sort of outside power and are dependent exclusively on the momentum of the conveyed object or any external forces passed onto those objects when conveying them from one location to another.

As a result, in most applications, ball transfer units may result in energy cost savings, as well as reduced maintenance and repair costs.

One of the most common uses of ball transfer tables are in luggage delivery systems in airport baggage claim areas. These transfer units have several more applications, however in industrial and commercial environments.


Prior to the invention of the ball transfer unit — which was first patented in 1958 by Autoset Production Ltd. — Inverted casters were commonly utilised to transport objects through work areas. But the issue with those traditional casters is that they recognize a trail. This means the caster wheels had to be aligned before a change in direction could be achieved. Ball transfer units solved this problem.

Ball transfer units have revolutionised the way we convey materials around our workshops, warehouses, depots and factories. Not only do they allow multidirectional conveying, they also save you money on electricity and provide an eco-friendly way of conveniently transferring your items from one location to the next.

If you’d like to get your hands on quality ball transfer units, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today – we look forward to hearing from you!

5 Benefits of a Manual stacker

Castor King incorporates the highest standard of mobility, lifting, transport and access capabilities.

Manual stackers are predominantly used to provide lifting capacities and mechanisms to lift loads and to centre the heights. The stackers available from Castor King are versatile enough to be operated in confined and congested spaces as well as industrial contexts.


Professionally designed and manufactured Castors

Castor King designs and manufactures niche solutions that can be integrated into a multitude of operational and industrial industries.

Castors are manufactured with the intention to support loads for transportation across industrial floors and factories. The wheeled device is mounted and attached to a larger object which then enables effective movement.


What are Castor wheels used for?

Castor King is an industry specialist in supplying and manufacturing the highest calibre of castors, wheels, trolleys, lifting, ladders, and drum handling equipment, scaffolding, aluminium ball units, borkey express skates, conveyors and storage solutions.

We streamline the operational and project requirements that enhance aspects such as mobility, lifting, transportation and access.


The difference between Pallet Trucks and Stackers

Pallet trucks and stackers have a similar purpose, but their abilities vary. The purpose of each of these items is to move warehouse pallets from one place to another, the difference comes in with regards to the height that they can lift these pallets. Below are the differences between pallet trucks and stackers:


Why you should use Castor King

Castor King is a Cape Town based company with 3 branches in the area. We are focused on providing you products in the categories of mobility, lifting, transport and access. Castor King places emphasis on our ability to give you great deals and quality service. Here’s why you should use Castor King:


What makes us the best Castor Supplier in Cape Town?

Castor suppliers in Cape Town are plenty, but how can you be sure that Castor King is the best in Cape Town? There are many elements that set one brand apart from another, from their product offering to price and overall appeal of the brand itself. With a brand like Castor King, their reputation precedes them. This is a brand known for high grade products that can stand up to the task at hand.


Which castors should I use for heavy application?

Heavy loads and equipment can be a burden to move. Whether you need to outfit a piece of machinery, furniture, dolly or cart with castors, Castor King has you covered. For heavy applications you want to ensure the castors you use won’t be a weak point in your assembly. We’ve made it easy to understand our different grades of castors and what applications they are best suited for, allowing you to feel confident that the castors you select will be able to handle the load you need them to. 


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