Nuremberg in November 2020
The use of optimized wheels and castors makes physically demanding tasks easier, which noticeably reduces the strain on workers.
Alongside lifting, holding, carrying and setting down, pulling and pushing are among the most common work steps when people have to move loads by hand. Particularly in production and logistics, these physically demanding tasks are part of everyday life – and therefore represent a considerable burden for employees. This is because, depending on the weight of the goods being transported, pulling and pushing requires an enormous amount of force and can overload muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints in the long term. This affects the spine, knees, hip joints and the entire hand-arm-shoulder area.
The IGR has distinguished the Besthane® and Blickle SoftMotion wheel series here. The seal was awarded due to the extremely low starting, rolling and swivel resistance of the underlay series.
Special audit for SoftMotion
The Blickle SoftMotion elastic soft rubber running surface series is characterized by effective noise damping through the running surface, low rolling and swivel resistance and improved ergonomics thanks to noticeably higher ride comfort.
Less vibration, less noise
An additional and decisive feature is the vibration-reducing running properties.
The IGR’s partner, the technical testing institute intertek GmbH in Fürth (www.intertek.de), set up various test tracks with different floor coverings: a floor with paving stones, then a typical walking grid and a smooth industrial floor covering as a reference. The result showed significantly fewer vibrations and greatly reduced noise emissions, as the goods to be transported rattle less. The advantages are clear: the lower vibrations reduce the strain on the worker when pushing/pulling, as does the lower noise level, which also benefits the environment, e.g. in kitchens or canteens, due to less clanking.