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Air casters to move heavy loads

Air casters (air bearings, air cushions or air skates) are the better alternative to a traditional wheel when it comes to moving heavy, large and sensitive objects. The transport principle of an air caster system is similar to the movement of a hovercraft. You simply place the air casters underneath an object to make it hover. There is no floor damage and because the friction is so low, you can move objects with only 1/1.000 of the force. The capacity per single air caster ranges from 100 to 40.000 kg’s.

all air caster types and brands

Next to our own range of HOVER products, we also manufacture 1 to 1 air casters replacements for all other brands. We produce all types, sizes and materials! To keep your TCO as low as possible, we also repair air casters: all types from all existing manufacturers worldwide. This saves you up to 70% compared to a new air caster!

 

“Circular” Air CASTERS

Our contribution to the circular economy is our de-mountable air caster type.
It is not only circular in shape, but also contribute to a more sustainable way of producing, repairing and recycling.
Our unique production method allows the rubber and metal parts to be separated for easier production and repair. And in the final stage to be fully recycled.

Our commitment to the industry is to re-use the base materials as much as possible by:
– Producing with a minimum of waste
– Repairing instead of replacing when possible
– Rebuilding with a minimum share of new material
– Recycling after use

Safe

Loads are lifted from underneath so there is no risk of heavy objects falling down. There are no harmful exhaust gasses, just air.

Budget friendly

Air Casters are almost wear free and cost a fraction of alternative transport methods. We also repair and recondition broken air casters.

Simple

You just need compressed air and a suitable floor. No permanent constructions, complex software, electronics or power supply needed.

Air caster products, systems and repairs

We produce all air casters and air bearing systems in house. Next to that we also repair air casters, all types and from all manufacturers. Our focus is purely on manufacturing and keep on improving the core element: the air caster.
To ensure a constant quality of the products we only make use of high grade materials and produce them on our precision machinery. More information and details such as specifications, prices and manuals can be found in the links below or in the Products menu.

Air casters

Air casters are the core elements in an air bearing system. These are the hovering and pneumatic lifting parts which consists of a metal backplate with a torus or bladder. The bladder / torus is either made from neoprene rubber or polyurethane plastic. The benefit of plastic is that it's almost wear free, but it has  less capacity. Neoprene has almost twice the capacity and can generate a higher lift.

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Air caster systems

Moving heavy equipment can be a challenge. Especially if you’re dealing with fragile loads. Let us be the bearer of good news: our air caster system (or air bearing system) can ease this process in a safe, fast and simple way. You simply place the air caster rigging system underneath the object you want to transport. Connect it to your air supply system and easily move the load within minutes!

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Repairs, Spares, Services

In order to keep your air caster (systems) in optimum condition, we provide these services for all types of air casters from all manufacturers : - Preventive air caster inspection - Air caster repairs (tread replacement) - Complete rubber bladder (torus bag) exchange - Supply air caster and other pneumatic spare parts - Designated or consignment stock on-site - Full service contract Our air caster parts and systems are fully interchangeable with other brands as well. This will definitely help you save costs.

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Air casters are used in these applications

The usability of air casters is endless because there are so many advantages. We just want to sum up a few popular examples.

Move modular buildings during production

Air caster transport systems are used in modular building factories to easily move the structures between the different production stations. This reduces the transport time by 40% compared to traditional methods. The working staff can move the structures themselves in an ergonomic way. No permanent installations needed.

Air Caster Modular Systems

Move and position heavy machines

Air caster transport systems are used to relocate or install large and heavy machines. Compared to traditional methods this only takes a fraction of the time. Both the movement and final positioning are quicker because the system hovers above the floor. After the movement the system can easily be stored in the transport case.

Air Caster Modular Systems

Move heavy production tools

Air caster DIY systems are permanently installed into some heavy or large production tools. This makes the production process more flexible to better meet the markets requirements. Because the air casters are embedded in the tools, you just need to connect the air supply and the system is ready to go.

Air Caster DIY Systems

Move locomotives and heavy vehicles during production or revision

Air caster transport devices are used to move heavy locomotives and other vehicles during production or revision. Both the vehicles and their often heavy parts are transported very efficiently because of the high capacity and freedom of movement of the air casters. This saves time (often up to 30%) and prevents floor damage.

Air Caster DIY Systems

Move big engine during production or revision

Air caster transport systems are used to move big engines and parts during production or revision. Big engines often have heavy parts that need to be placed very accurately. The use of air casters saves a lot of time in the (final) positioning of these parts because of the omnidirectional movement. Takes less time and less manpower.

Air Caster Modular Systems

Move theater sceneries

Air caster DIY systems are used to move theatre sceneries behind the curtains. The changement can be performed very quickly because the air casters are already installed and can be moved by the theatre staff themselves. In an ergonomic way because of the low friction of the system.

Air Caster DIY Systems

Move stadium seating modules

Air caster DIY systems are used to move big stadium seating modules. The change over time between different stadium setting is crucial in making a stadium multi purpose. These changes can be made quicker using air caster technology, up to 40%.

Air Caster DIY Systems

Move heavy laboratory equipment in a cleanroom

Air caster transport systems are used to move heavy and fragile laboratory equipment in and out of cleanrooms. Because there are no moving and wearing parts in air casters, they are ideal to use in a cleanroom environment. The only exhaust gas is the clean air that is inserted in the system.

Air Caster Modular Systems

Move loaded pallets in truck or warehouse

Air caster transport systems are used to quickly load and unload trucks in warehouses. The system can take out multiple pallets in one time to unload a truck in a single movement. This saves a lot of time per truckload.

Air Caster Modular Systems

Move fragile art and artifacts

Air caster transport systems are used to move fragile and valuable art and artifacts. Because there is no vibration during the movement, there is less risk of damage. The final positioning takes little time because of the freedom of movement.

Air Caster Modular Systems

Move heavy infrastructural objects

Air caster transport devices are used to move heavy and large infrastructural objects. There are no permanent big structures needed for the transport. Just an air tight movement path and motorized vehicles to power the movement. This takes far less time then the traditional methods and less preparation.

Air Caster DIY Systems

Move fragile, high-tech equipment during production

Air caster DIY systems are used to move fragile, high-tech equipment within production facilities. There is no vibration during the movement that can cause serious damage to the electronics. Air caster systems are also used to transport the equipment to the end customer and do the final installation.

Air Caster DIY Systems

Move heavy and large rolls and reels

Air caster roll transporters are used to move heavy and large rolls and reels. These devices can pick up the rolls and move them ergonomically to the storage area or a production machine. It takes less personnel and the change-over is performed very quickly. Often one man can de the complete job.

Air Caster DIY Systems

Move heavy moulds and dies

Air caster transport systems are used to move moulds/ dies in-between production processes. Because the accuracy and freedom of movement, the changeover time is reduced to a fraction compared to traditional wheel or rail movement. This results in a higher production output.

Air Caster Modular Systems

Move aircraft (parts) and engines during production or revision

Air caster transport systems are used in a variety of applications in the aircraft industry. From moving parts during production, to positioning the parts for assembly to even moving complete airplanes. The high capacity and freedom of movement save a lot of time during the complete production process.

Air Caster Modular Systems

Move machines in and out of storage

Air caster transport systems are used to quickly store and pick up heavy and large machines in a warehouses. The machines can be unloaded and loaded into a truck quickly. Because of the omnidirectional movement they can be positioned very accurately and the storage space can be used very effectively.

Air Caster Modular Systems

Move spacecraft equipment during production in a cleanroom

Air caster transport systems are used in a variety of applications in the spacecraft industry. From moving parts during production in a cleanroom, to positioning the parts for assembly to even moving complete rockets for launch. The high capacity and freedom of movement save a lot of time during the complete production process.

Air Caster Modular Systems

Move heavy transformers during production

Air caster transport devices are used to move heavy transformers and their parts during production and final placement. Both the transformers and their often heavy parts are transported very efficiently because of the high capacity and freedom of movement of the air casters. This saves time (up to 30%) and prevents floor damage.

Air Caster DIY Systems

Hover for your heavy transport solutions

At Hover Transport Systems we are specialized in manufacturing air caster solutions and air bearing systems (air caster rigging systems) for internal transport. We produce both the polyurethane and neoprene air casters types with their own specific advantages. Through continuous investments in the research and development of air caster technology we make it even more durable and environmentally friendly. With our flexible production plant, we can also deliver air casters that are compatible to other manufacturers in the market against a more economical price. Our production method allows the materials to be recyclable and cuts costs for spare parts up to 50%.

Compatible air casters

We also produce and repair air casters that are compatible to other manufacturers at a very competitive price.

HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS

We only use high grade materials and process them on our precision machinery to produce constant, high quality products.

ecologically sound

Our unique design allows all used materials to be recycled. Repairs and reconditioned air casters have a positive impact on the environment.

Testimonials

We use the Modular Hover Transport System at our customers to move large and heavy machines. This saves us a lot of time compared to traditional transport methods!

Nicholas Boey Operations Director @ Professional Packers & Movers

Hover Transport Systems provided us with a modular system that we use to move our mobile homes/ units during production. This increases the flexibility in our production process and saves us more then 40% time compared to the traditional use of our overhead crane.

Harold Zeebregts Operational Manager @ De Schans

We use a modular air caster system from Hover Transport Systems to move the molds for the aluminium parts of our Veeley electrical scooter. This gives us more flexibility and saves us almost 50% on our change-over time between production processes.

Peter Polet Chief Operating Officer @ Veeley
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