What to Look for in an Industrial Rolling Cart

In Sheet Metal Fabrication

Marlin Steel on July 25, 2016

Industrial rolling cart designs look simple, but a surprising amount of work can go into them.Industrial rolling carts are often overlooked as a tool for helping to make production operations more efficient. However, a well-made rolling cart can help to save time and keep important production parts safe during drying processes.

But, what makes an industrial rolling cart ideal for your production process? What should you look for in such a cart?

The specifics might vary a bit depending on your industry and parts finishing processes used, but some basic qualities to look for in an industrial cart include:

1: Capacity

The basic point of an industrial rolling cart is to make moving large product loads easy. If a cart has too low a capacity, then it won’t be very useful for this purpose, as workers might as well just carry individual trays or baskets between one process and the next.

2: Ease of Movement

A rolling industrial cart should be easy to move. Carts that move easily help facilitate the efficient movement of their loads from one point to another as needed for your production line.

For this purpose, many rolling carts use caster wheels that can freely rotate for ease of movement in multiple directions.

3: Strength & Durability

Plastic covers for industrial carts can help keep contaminants off of products.Every industrial cart should have rugged construction. At least rugged enough to take the weight and stress of a full parts load in your production environment’s toughest conditions.

This is the reason that Marlin Steel typically makes industrial rolling carts out of grade 304 stainless steel or similar materials. Not only does stainless steel provide a high tensile strength, it’s resistant to corrosion caused by exposure to many of the chemicals found in most manufacturing environments.

By using corrosion-resistant steel alloys, industrial carts can be made to last for years of heavy-duty use, helping to minimize replacement costs over time.

4: Industry-Specific Features

Different industries, and different products, will have different design needs for their rolling carts.

For example, industries with sterile parts requirements might demand that a cart be designed to keep dust and dirt from penetrating the interior. Such a cart may use a plastic covering to prevent contaminants from reaching the components in the cart.

Other industries may want to focus on ensuring faster drying of parts after an aqueous or solution-based wash cycle. Here, the cart may be designed to maximize open space to allow for greater air flow.

Using a removable covering could provide the best of both worlds to parts that have sanitation requirements at the end of their production process, but need fast drying in between earlier processes.

For industries processing consumable goods, carts additionally need to be designed to prevent the collection of liquids to keep products from becoming contaminated.

5: Ease of Cleaning

From time to time, the carts themselves may need to be cleaned to maintain compliance with certain industry-specific regulations. In such cases, industrial carts should be designed for ease of cleaning, with no nooks or crannies that are too difficult to sanitize.

These are just a few of the things that companies should check for when looking at industrial rolling carts to use for their production processes.

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Author: Marlin Steel
Marlin Steel
Marlin Steel is a leading manufacturer of custom‐engineered products from steel wire and sheet metal. Its industrial material handling containers serve many industries including aerospace, defense, medical and automotive.

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