Leading Global Enterprise Data Storage Provider

Leading Global Enterprise Data Storage Provider

Background Customer was facing several critical supply chain challenges for casters used on data storage racks:
  • Extended Lead Time: Current suppliers struggled to maintain production lead times to meet on-going customer demand requirements
  • Multiple caster SKUs were being used on various rack types
  • Customer has stringent internal testing requirements that are above current industry standards
  • Customer has various load capacity and load height requirements along with a mounting configuration that is non-standard
  • Reduce Lead Times: Minimize the time between placing an order and receiving components.
  • Efficient SKU Management: Identify any of the existing caster SKU’s that could be used across the customer’s product lines.
  • Maintain Quality: Ensure compliance with testing requirements without compromising on product quality.
Solution Colson Group engaged with customer engineering teams to review, analyze, and design casters to meet the customer’s criteria and objectives.
  • Modified existing standard caster offering to reduce production lead times, meet customer testing requirements, load capacity, height constraints and mounting configuration
  • Identified one caster SKU that could be paired with other caster SKU’s used across the customers product line, resulting in reductions of both the number of SKU’s and inventory requirements
  • Lead Time Reduction: By modifying existing products with minimal tooling changes rather than a completely new design will allow for lead time reduction of up to 20%
  • SKU Efficiency: Rationalizing SKUs will lead to a 25% reduction in inventory needs
  • Quality Assurance: Casters passed all of the customer internal testing requirements, Colson Group on-going QC processes put in place to maintain quality standards.
Colson Group was able to engage and work with the customer to identify, evaluate, and design a solution that met or exceeded customer requirements.


The Ultimate Guide to Wheels, Casters, and Features in Robotics

In this blog, we’ll look at the components that drive robotic movement, provide an exploration of robotic wheels and casters, coupled with an examination of the features influencing robotic mobility performance. Whether you are a robotics mobility expert or a newcomer to the field, this guide aims to equip you with the knowledge needed for understanding robotic systems mobility.

Rolling Elements Used Across Robotic Applications

  • Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR)

Autonomous Mobile Robots rely on a combination of technologies to navigate and function independently. Rolling elements, particularly drive wheels and stabilizing wheels, are integral components contributing to their seamless mobility and balance.

  • Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV)

Automated Guided Vehicles, designed for efficient material handling in industrial settings, utilize rolling elements to facilitate controlled movement, ensuring precision and safety.

  • Automated Tug and Towing Equipment

In applications where automated towing is essential, rolling elements such as caster assemblies with spring designs play a vital role in shock absorption, maintaining stability during towing operations.

  • Collaborative Robots (COBOTS)

Collaborative Robots, designed to work alongside humans, require specialized rolling elements that prioritize safety and adaptability. Dual/single wheel caster assemblies with a focus on support become crucial in these scenarios.

Types of Rolling Elements

  • Dual/Single Wheel Caster Assembly for balancing/support

These caster assemblies are pivotal for maintaining balance and support in robotic platforms, ensuring stability during various movements.

  • Dual/Single Wheel Spring Design Caster Assembly for shock absorption

In applications where shock absorption is critical, caster assemblies with spring designs become essential, preventing damage to delicate payloads.

  • Traction Wheels

Traction wheels are the driving force behind the movement of robots, providing the necessary grip and power for smooth navigation.

  • Stabilizing Wheels

Stabilizing wheels contribute to the overall balance and stability of robotic platforms, preventing unnecessary tilting or swaying.

  • Rotational Configurations for Guidance or Cushioning

Rotational configurations are employed to guide or cushion the vehicle, ensuring precise movement and mitigating the impact of uneven terrains.

Critical Features in Design/Application of Robotics Rolling Elements

In the intricate world of design and application, considerations extend beyond mere payload capacity. Designers must factor in maneuverability, balance, and adaptability to diverse environments to create a well-rounded robotic system. The constraints posed by the design envelope of casters necessitate careful deliberation to minimize load height. This, in turn, reduces the overall height of the robotic platform without compromising its performance capabilities.

Selecting the optimal bearing element design is critical for ensuring round-the-clock operation without being burdened by significant Total Preventive Maintenance (TPM) requirements. Equally important is the choice of wearable material for wheel treads, catering to specific application requirements and considering both environmental conditions and the interaction with surfaces to prevent marking or additional wear patterns.

In the realm of robotics, Colson stands as a beacon of support, drawing upon years of experience to provide not only standardized solutions but also tailored, customer-specific innovations. By understanding the intricate needs of different applications and the nuances of rolling element design, Colson empowers the robotics industry to reach new heights of efficiency and performance.

Unveiling Colson Group’s Phoenix Warehouse Development

In the last year, Colson Group unveiled its plan to enhance customer service and operational efficiency through the establishment of a new distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona. Fast forward to late November, and we’re thrilled to share the latest developments and progress on this facility. The new warehouse will serve as a central hub for streamlined storage, efficient distribution, and order fulfillment operations for western region customers.


Our brand-new 118,000 square feet facility in Phoenix officially took occupancy the week of November 22nd. The ongoing construction includes the installation of racking, with an anticipated completion date in December. The facility is actively building up stock and the first products are set to begin shipping out in Q1 of 2024.


Looking forward, we plan to roll out Colson products over the coming months, with ongoing discussions about which products will be housed in the facility. In Q2, we’re excited to be introducing 1000 SKUs available out of the Phoenix warehouse specifically tailored for our West Coast clientele. On-site operations are in full swing, with a dedicated team of five individuals currently managing the facility’s day-to-day activities. This committed team ensures the smooth receipt and preparation of shipments, laying the foundation for shipping operations expected to commence in Q1.


The strategic investment in our Phoenix warehouse aligns with our overarching philosophy of customer-centric innovation. By strategically locating this distribution center, we aim to expedite order fulfillment, minimize lead times, and elevate overall customer satisfaction. As we continue to be a pioneering force in the caster and wheel solutions industry, the Phoenix warehouse represents a significant milestone in our journey to provide unmatched service, operational excellence, and customer satisfaction.

Crafting Custom Caster Solutions: Tailoring Innovation to Your Needs

In a world where industries and applications are as diverse as the challenges they present, innovation becomes the cornerstone of progress. At Colson Group, we not only embrace these challenges but also thrive on pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Recognizing that our current caster solutions may not always fulfill the specific requirements of our customers, we take great pride in offering a wide range of customization options.

Materials and Load Capacity

When it comes to custom caster solutions, the choice of materials and load capacity is crucial. At Colson Group, we understand that no two industries are the same. Whether you require a caster capable of handling heavy loads in an industrial setting or one that offers impeccable maneuverability in a healthcare environment, our diverse selection of materials and load capacity options ensures that we’ve got you covered. Your needs, your materials, your load capacity – we customize it all.

Wheel Configurations

One size does not fit all, and that’s why we offer an extensive array of wheel configurations. From swivel and rigid casters to various wheel types and sizes, our customization options are designed to adapt to your unique needs. No matter the terrain or conditions, we tailor the wheel configurations to guarantee optimal performance.

Making Your Vision a Reality

Our commitment to providing exceptional custom caster and wheel solutions doesn’t stop at the breadth of options we offer. We take a collaborative approach, putting your needs and preferences first. Our experienced engineers work closely with you, listening to your requirements, and considering factors such as environmental conditions, maneuverability, and ergonomic considerations. From the initial concept to the final product, we ensure that every aspect of the design aligns perfectly with your needs.

Colson Group doesn’t just offer products; we provide tailored innovations that address the unique challenges of your industry and application. From materials to braking systems, wheel configurations, and beyond, we’re your dedicated partner in ensuring that your caster or wheel solution aligns perfectly with your needs.

Albion Drops Anchor At IBEX 2023

If you’re in the business of building, designing, servicing, or selling boats and marine products, mark your calendars for a maritime event like no other. Albion Casters is thrilled to announce they’re exhibiting at the 2023 International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), the leading technical boat-building showcase in North America. Join Albion as they set sail for success at the Tampa Convention Center from October 3rd to October 5th, 2023.

Albion’s marine casters are tailored to meet the toughest demands of the marine industry. Their large weight capacities make them suitable for transporting boat parts or whole vessels, while their ability to withstand exposure to saltwater, chemicals, and other corrosive materials found in marine settings ensures safety, durability, and load-bearing capacity. So, stop by Albion at booth #3-045 as they showcase their marine caster expertise. For those unable to attend in person, stay connected with Colson Group USA and Albion on social media to receive real-time updates on the event and our booth.


Don’t miss the boat! For more information on IBEX 2023 or to register, visit IBEX’s official website.

Albion Takes On Vegas: GSE Expo 2023

Las Vegas, renowned for its glitz and glamour, is about to get a taste of innovation like never before. Albion Casters is headed to “Sin City” as it hosts the 2023 International GSE Expo, the premier event dedicated to the advancement of the ground support equipment (GSE) industry. And at the heart of it all, Albion Casters is gearing up to showcase their expertise and cutting-edge solutions at the Las Vegas Convention Center, September 26th through 28th in booth #341.

Albion isn’t just another exhibitor; they are your partner in mobility. Albion Casters has earned its reputation as a leader in caster technology and is thrilled to bring its expertise to the International GSE Expo. Albion understands that mobility is the backbone of efficiency in the ground support industry, and they’re here to take it to the next level.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of this trailblazing event in the heart of Las Vegas. Join Albion Casters at the International GSE Expo and let them elevate your mobility to new heights. For those unable to attend in person, stay connected with Colson Group USA and Albion on social media to receive real-time updates on the event and their booth. Viva Las Vegas!

For more information on the 2023 International GSE Expo or to register to attend, visit https://www.gseexpo.com/2023/home.

The Advantages of Going Kingpinless

When it comes to choosing the right casters for your applications, the debate between kingpin casters and kingpinless casters has been ongoing for quite some time. Both options have their merits, but today we’re going to delve into the reasons why kingpinless casters stand out as the superior choice for many industries and applications.

Before we dive into the advantages of kingpinless casters, let’s briefly understand the difference between the two. Kingpin casters have a single central pin, known as a kingpin, that connects the caster’s swivel head to its yoke. While they provide satisfactory maneuverability, they come with certain limitations that have paved the way for a more advanced solution. Kingpinless casters, as the name suggests, lack a central kingpin. Instead, they utilize a design with larger raceways and multiple ball bearings, resulting in greater load distribution and improved swivel motion. This construction eliminates the vulnerability of a single point of failure, making them a favorite among industries seeking enhanced durability and performance.

Enhanced Durability: One of the key advantages of kingpinless casters is their robust construction. By eliminating the central kingpin, the stress and wear that typically accumulate at that point are significantly reduced. This design choice translates to a longer lifespan and decreased maintenance costs, making them a cost-effective investment over time.

Higher Load Capacity: Kingpinless casters can typically handle heavier loads compared to their kingpin counterparts. The design distributes weight more evenly across multiple ball bearings and the larger raceways, thereby minimizing the risk of overload-related failures.

Improved Ergonomics: The absence of a central kingpin allows for smoother swivel motion. This translates to improved ergonomics, making it easier to navigate tight spaces, corners, and obstacles. Industries that rely on efficient movement, such as warehousing and manufacturing, can benefit significantly from this advantage.

Reduced Maintenance: Due to their durable design and reduced wear and tear, kingpinless casters require less frequent maintenance. This means less downtime for repairs and replacements, leading to increased productivity in various operational settings.

Compatibility with Various Environments: Whether your applications involve indoor or outdoor settings, kingpinless casters are versatile enough to adapt. Their sturdy construction and smooth swiveling capabilities make them suitable for a wide range of environments, from warehouses to hospitals to manufacturing facilities.

While kingpin casters have served their purpose well over the years, the technological advancements of kingpinless casters have elevated their performance and durability to new heights. With benefits ranging from enhanced load capacity and ergonomics to reduced maintenance and versatility, the choice between the two becomes quite clear for industries seeking reliable and efficient caster solutions. When it comes to selecting the right casters for your applications, kingpinless casters undoubtedly emerge as the superior choice, contributing to smoother operations, lower costs, and increased peace of mind. Learn more about the heavy duty kingpinless options Colson Group offers by clicking HERE.

Investing in High-Quality Wheels

Investing in high-quality wheels may seem like an unnecessary expense at first, but the benefits that come with them are well worth the investment. In this blog post, we will discuss five reasons why choosing high-quality wheels over less expensive options is worth it.

Increased Durability

High-quality wheels are designed to withstand wear and tear over time. They are made with materials that can withstand heavy loads, extreme temperatures, and rough terrain. Less expensive wheels with lower-quality materials that are more likely to fail or wear down quickly. When you invest in high-quality wheels, you can be sure that they will last longer, reducing the need for frequent replacements.

Reduced Maintenance Costs

Low-quality wheels require more maintenance which can add up over time. Less expensive wheels are more prone to damage and require more frequent repairs, which can be costly. High-quality wheels are built to last and require less maintenance over their lifespan. This means that investing in high-quality wheels can actually save you money in the long run by reducing maintenance costs.

Improved Safety

When it comes to safety, high-quality wheels are the better choice. They are designed with safety features like locking brakes, which help to prevent accidents and injuries. Less expensive wheels may not have these safety features or may not work as effectively. Albion Maintenance Free casters are enclosed in a sealed precision bearing, and are designed ergonomically to reduce injuries, reduce the push/pull force, and operate with easy pushing. These wheels and casters provide greater stability, minimizing the risk of accidents or injuries. By prioritizing quality, and investing in high-quality wheels, you are investing in the safety of your equipment and employees.

Increased Productivity

High-quality wheels can also help to increase productivity. They are designed to be more efficient and ergonomic, which can help to speed up work processes. Less expensive wheels may not work as smoothly, causing delays and reducing productivity. Investing in high-quality wheels can help to ensure that your equipment is working at its best, allowing you to get more done in less time.

Better Performance

Finally, high-quality wheels offer better performance overall. They are designed to work in a variety of environments and conditions, making them more versatile than less expensive options. They also provide better traction, which can help to prevent slippage and improve stability. When you invest in high-quality wheels, you can be sure that your equipment is working at its best, providing you with the performance you need to get the job done efficiently and ergonomically.

In conclusion, investing in high-quality wheels is worth it. They offer increased durability, reduced maintenance costs, improved safety, increased productivity, and better performance overall. While they may be more expensive initially, the long-term benefits of choosing high-quality wheels make them a smart investment for any business.

HydroTech TPE vs. TPU Material Wheel

In this blog post, we will compare the HydroTech TPE material with a competitor’s TPU material. The aim was to evaluate their performance, durability, and suitability. The focus was on important factors like load capacity, water resistance, and dynamic test performance to understand how HydroTech compares to TPU wheels.

To ensure accurate results, the ANSI ICWM 2018 6.9.1 Dynamic Test standard for industrial casters moving at or under 2.5 mph (4 km/hr) was followed. The parts were also immersed in 190°F water for five days to test their water resistance. This helped to determine the load capacity for industrial casters and the maximum weight they can handle without issues.

During the test, a minimum running speed of 2.0 mph (3.2 km/h) was maintained, and obstacles were positioned in different orientations on the track. The specific test parameters like wheel diameter, run time, rest time, distance, obstacle height, and their number varied for each test item.

The HydroTech 6″x2″ wheels from Colson Group performed exceptionally well during the tests. They completed 5000 barriers and covered a distance of 4 miles (6.4 km) without any functional impairment. These wheels met the requirements of the ANSI ICWM 2018 6.9.1 Dynamic Test for Industrial Casters at or under 2.5 mph (4 km/hr) even after being immersed in 190°F water for 5 days. The wheels continued to be tested until failure, and the HydroTech wheels impressively ran between 20-36 miles with 29,692 – 54,379 total barriers in the dynamic test.

On the other hand, the competitor’s TPU wheel did not meet the requirements of the ANSI ICWM 2018 6.9.1 Dynamic Test for Industrial Casters at or under 2.5 mph (4 km/hr) after being immersed in 190°F water for 5 days. The tread of the competitor’s wheel failed at distances of 0.225 miles (0.362 km) and 0.34 miles (0.553 km).

In conclusion, the comprehensive comparative analysis clearly shows that the HydroTech TPE material developed by Colson Group outperforms the competitor’s TPU material. The HydroTech wheels demonstrated exceptional water resistance, strong load capacity, and sustained functionality under simulated operating conditions. Manufacturers and end-users can rely on the reliability, durability, and enhanced performance offered by the HydroTech TPE material for their industrial caster wheel applications. To learn more about HydroTech wheels and their testing, visit https://www.colsoncaster.com/hydrotech/.

Acquisition of ARBCO Industries

As a company constantly seeking global expansion opportunities, Colson Group, the leading global manufacturer of casters and wheels, is thrilled to announce its recent acquisition of ARBCO Industries, LLC (ARBCO). With 56 years of experience as the premier North American manufacturer of phenolic wheels, ARBCO brings a wealth of expertise and product offerings to the Colson Group family. This strategic move not only broadens Colson Group’s range of solutions but also enhances its manufacturing capabilities within the United States.

Expansion of Product Offerings

By acquiring ARBCO Industries, Colson Group reinforces its position as a market leader and expands its industry-leading portfolio of wheels. The addition of ARBCO’s phenolic wheels further enhances the comprehensive range of specialized mobility solutions offered by Colson Group’s globally recognized brands. Customers can now benefit from an even broader selection of high-quality products, empowering them to address their evolving needs with unparalleled efficiency and support.

Strengthening USA Manufacturing Footprint

Colson Group’s acquisition of ARBCO Industries bolsters its manufacturing capabilities in the United States. With ARBCO’s longstanding presence in Export, PA, the acquisition strengthens Colson Group’s USA manufacturing footprint. This strategic move not only supports local manufacturing but also ensures the continuation of exceptional products and services for new and existing customers. The merging of resources and expertise under the Colson Group umbrella allows ARBCO Industries to flourish, delivering outstanding solutions while upholding its proud “Made in the United States” tradition.

Colson Group’s Commitment to Customer Success

With over 1,600 professionals employed across 26 state-of-the-art facilities worldwide, Colson Group remains steadfast in its dedication to customer success. The company’s well-established global value chain and comprehensive product portfolio ensure unparalleled efficiencies and support for customers across various industries. The acquisition of ARBCO Industries further reinforces Colson Group’s commitment to meeting the evolving needs of its global customer base.

The acquisition of ARBCO Industries by Colson Group marks an exciting chapter in the company’s global expansion journey. By integrating ARBCO’s expertise and phenolic wheels into its product portfolio, Colson Group strengthens its market position and enhances its USA manufacturing capabilities. With a continued focus on customer success, Colson Group remains dedicated to providing innovative solutions and exceptional products across the globe. This acquisition solidifies Colson Group’s commitment to empowering industries with specialized mobility options and delivering unparalleled value to its customers.