Albion Catalogs Now Available

The much anticipated, NEW Albion catalogs have arrived! Months of hard, dedicated work have gone into revamping and redesigning the catalog. This newest full-line catalog features a portfolio of over 60 unique product series designed to handle even the most challenging of applications – and leverages the latest in our U.S. heavy duty manufacturing investments and product capabilities.

The refreshed Albion catalog offers engineers, designers and purchasing agents a comprehensive and detailed professional reference library of heavy-duty and material handling caster solutions and specifications. There are helpful icons designating key features and applications and a visual table of contents for easy viewing. The interactive online version of the catalog provides quick page links (allowing you to click on any page number displayed and instantly jump to that page) and is mobile ready. The new catalog also includes the addition of new maintenance free and stainless steel sections as well as expanded spring loaded and dual wheel sections featuring a variety of new series.

“For more than 70 years the Albion brand has been a problem-solver to industry mobility challenges for customers worldwide,” said Colson Group USA Director of Marketing / Communications Brad Kish. “We believe that this new Albion catalog, with an improved and expanded portfolio including new products such as our USA-made 310 & 410 Kingpinless Series casters, is a reflection of that ongoing commitment.”

The release of the Albion Catalog also marks the official launch of the company’s newly-redesigned USA-Made 310 & 410 Kingpinless Series casters, which are now built in Colson Group’s two Michigan manufacturing plants following a series of advanced manufacturing investments. The new designs are laser cut and feature a variety of product improvements, including: new innovative brakes and toe guards, weld eliminations for a stronger more integrated part, smoother edges, industry leading zinc finish with clear coat, and thicker 3/8” AISI 1045 heat treated steel leg construction – all backed by an upgraded three-year warranty.

To request your new Albion catalog, click here. Utilize the digital copy here.

Brand Website Enhancements

Watch Below Video To See Them In-Action!

We have been diligently working to further advance Colson Group USA’s brand websites – and have some truly exciting web plans in-motion that will continue launching late into next year. The first phase of these new websites began launching last year, and were created with consistent features to facilitate a common feel across the individual brand websites. From a visual table-of-contents to interactive and downloadable CAD models and Datasheets, our unified advancements are designed to enhance user experience by allowing you to quickly find products, and then deliver helpful product content to customers faster than ever before (CAD Models, Datasheets, Catalog Pages). Please watch the short video below to learn more about the new features on the websites and how to use them, or continue reading for further information:

Visual Table of Contents

MedCaster - Visual Table of ContentsShepherd - Caster Series Information Recently updated websites all include a visual table of contents. This menu allows users to quickly view and select a product series. Once viewing a series, users can explore more features of the series through various tabbed content. Users can also configure a part to their specification using the product configurator.

3D Product Configurator

Colson - Part ConfiguratorTo facilitate the delivery of 3D CAD files or datasheets, the recently converted websites feature configurable 3D models, with downloadable CAD files and datasheets that reflect the chosen configuration.

Select and change parameters in order of importance or desirability. Most series have parameters that can be configured: wheel diameters, tread types, fastenings, brake options, and more. Select your desired changes, and press “Update Model” to commit the changes. The rendered 3D model will update to reflect your choices. This interactive model can be used to view a representation of the chosen configuration. Not sure a particular wheel diameter or bearing are right for you? Easily make additional changes to your configuration – selecting “Update Model” to commit these changes.

Once configured to desired specifications, the chosen product can be added to a quote cart in any quantity. It is easy to add single or multiple SKUs to the quote cart. Users can quickly turn their quote cart into an active quote request; submit the quote request and a customer service representative will contact you with further information.

CAD and Datasheet Downloads with CasterPass

In addition to requesting a quote, the configured part can be downloaded in a multitude of native CAD formats, or as a product datasheet.

You will need to be logged into the CasterPass system to download CAD models or Datasheets. You may choose to proceed as a guest; however, CasterPass accounts allow free and unlimited CAD and Datasheet downloads. Register to create your CasterPass account today. CasterPass accounts will work across all recently improved sites.

Colson - Your Download is ReadyCasterPass is a separate entity from previous website accounts; if you have not created a CasterPass account on any Colson Group USA brand website, you will need to create an account – or continue as guest – to proceed with downloads. It is recommended that you are logged in prior to making configurators; this will often speed up the configuration and download process.

Once configured, select the tab that reads “CAD Models and Datasheets.” There is a drop-down menu that provides multiple native CAD formats to choose from. A link will be present allowing you to begin the download. If you choose to download a Datasheet, select its link – all Datasheets will download as a PDF.

Each CAD file and Datasheet are generated on-demand; it may take a few moments for the final download link to appear. Once processed, a link will appear that will allow you to download a ZIP file containing the CAD file(s) or Datasheet; unzip to access.

Looking Toward the Future

The visual table of contents and 3D Configurator system are just the first phase of our website enhancements. Additional features, including product filtering, easy SKU searching, as well as shareable and customizable project boards are in production now and will begin to be implemented on the sites through the balance of 2016 and into 2017. Please stay tuned for more news and updates on these features.

Pemco Increases Safety, Decreases Runaway Carts

Pemco is pleased to announce the release of the SuperKat Tensioner wheel. Already known for its rounded tread, the SuperKat wheel is designed to reduce flat spotting by continuing to rotate even while being dragged laterally. The inclusion of the Pemco Tensioner helps reduce the chances of runaway shopping carts.

 

Designed to provide lasting performance and safety – the SuperKat Tensioner is in-stock, at a great price, and features:

  • A high-performance natural rubber tread, specially designed to make the SuperKat resistant to flat-spotting
  • Durability, lasting 64% longer than the competition!
  • Non-marking and quiet rolling
  • Resistant to chemicals and oils
  • Built-in tensioner ring increases parking lot safety by helping hold unattended carts and reducing the risk of runaway shopping carts

SuperKate Tensioner WheelPemco SuperKat Tensioner Competition Comparison

 

Visit www.pemcocasters.com/caster/superkat to explore the SuperKat series and to download CAD models and product datasheets for the NEW SuperKat Tensioner wheel today. A valid, free CasterPass account is required for CAD downloads. Do not forget to log-in or register.

Request quotes, samples, and pricing at www.pemcocasters.com or call your Colson Group USA representative today.

 

Albion Launches Improved and Expanded Full-Line Caster Catalog

 Catalog marks launch of newly-redesigned USA Made 310 & 410 Kingpinless Series casters

 

ST. JOSEPH, Michigan – October 10, 2016 | Albion, the leading heavy-duty caster brand of Colson Group USA, has just published its newest full-line catalog, which features a portfolio of over 60 unique product series designed to handle even the most challenging of applications. The catalog, which includes an industry-leading offering of industrial casters and wheels along with cutting-edge custom designs and expert advice, is available in PDF and enhanced eCatalog formats. Hard copies of the catalog can also be ordered.

The refreshed Albion catalog offers engineers, designers and purchasing agents a comprehensive and detailed professional reference library of heavy-duty and material handling caster solutions and specifications. There are helpful icons designating key features and applications and a visual table of contents for easy viewing. The interactive online version of the catalog provides quick page links and is mobile ready. The new catalog also includes the addition of new maintenance free and stainless steel sections as well as expanded spring loaded and dual wheel sections featuring a variety of new series.

“For more than 70 years the Albion brand has been a problem-solver to industry mobility challenges for customers worldwide,” said Colson Group USA Director of Marketing and Communications Brad Kish. “We believe that this new Albion catalog, with an improved and expanded portfolio including new products such as our USA-made 310 & 410 Kingpinless Series casters, is a reflection of that ongoing commitment.”

The release of the Albion Catalog marks the official launch of the company’s newly-redesigned 310 & 410 Kingpinless Series casters, which are now built in Colson Group’s two Michigan manufacturing plants following a series of advanced manufacturing investments. The new designs are laser cut and feature a variety of product improvements, including: new innovative brakes and toe guards, weld eliminations for a stronger more integrated part, smoother edges, industry leading zinc finish with clear coat, and thicker 3/8” AISI 1045 heat treated steel leg construction – all backed by an upgraded three-year warranty.

To request your new Albion catalog and start utilizing the online version today, click here.


About Albion

As material handling and heavy-duty experts for over 70 years, Albion’s proven mobility solutions are capable of the most challenging applications. From the largest offering of industrial casters and wheels handling over 30,000 lbs. per caster, to cutting-edge custom designs – Albion’s experience and technology ensure that every solution meets the performance and safety requirements unique to each customers’ needs. For more information, visit albioncasters.com.

About Colson Group USA

Colson Group USA is a subsidiary of Colson Group, the largest global manufacturer and supplier of caster, wheel and mobility solutions. For over 350 combined years, the drive and experience of Colson innovators have led to some of the most trusted and advanced mobility solutions in the world, including some of the most renowned brands: Colson, Albion, Shepherd, Jarvis, MedCaster, Pemco, Faultless and Bassick. Colson Group’s products and solutions are backed by its unmatched customer service and supply chain optimization strategies. For more information, visit colsongroupusa.com.

Investing in the USA: Albion Advances Popular 310 & 410 Kingpinless Caster Series

USA-made, laser cut and upgraded three-year warranty

ALBION, Michigan – Sept. 15, 2016 – Albion, the leading heavy-duty caster brand of Colson Group USA, has made a major new advancement in its product offering, which reinforces its commitment to U.S. manufacturing. After significant capital investments in its two Michigan manufacturing plants, Albion has unveiled a series of product advancements to its already popular 310 & 410 Kingpinless Series, which leverages the new investments to deliver added customer value and create new opportunities.

Recent purchases and installations of a new laser cutter, computer numeric control (CNC) bender, multiple robotic welding cells and CNC machining equipment paved the way at their Michigan plants for a laser cut redesign of the 310 & 410 Series steel components and accessories. The products’ transition to USA-made also allows Albion to deliver and respond to the market needs faster than ever, reducing lead times by as much as 70 percent.

“Investing in U.S. manufacturing to produce the quality heavy-duty products the industry has known Albion for is an important strategic initiative at Colson Group,” said Heavy-Duty Product Director Scott Fisher. “We have an aggressive heavy-duty growth plan and we are excited to deliver the new product improvements on the USA-made 310 & 410 Series as the first step of our plans.”

The new designs and technology allowed for a variety of product improvements, including 3/8-inch thick legs on the 310 Series; weld eliminations for a cleaner part, smoother edges for safety; an industry leading zinc finish with a clear coat; and newly designed innovative brakes and toe guards – all backed by an upgraded three-year warranty. The 310 & 410 Series is constructed of high quality, heat-treated AISI 1045 laser cut steel and features a precision-machined raceway for improved ergonomics and superior strength in rugged and towed applications. The legs are fully welded inside and out to handle the shock impact and higher load capacities traditional casters might not withstand. With a large variety of 2-1/2” and 3” wide wheels, brakes and accessory options, the 310 & 410 Series offers load capacities of up to 5,400 pounds per caster, depending on the selected rig, wheel and bearing combination.

“We are committed to our initiatives to optimize our heavy-duty segment, including product portfolio and all support services. We are continuing to invest heavily in our USA heavy-duty team and manufacturing plants,” said Colson Group CEO Tom Blashill. “Through the combination of competitively manufacturing the best product close to our customers and providing world-class support, we will continue to expand our value proposition to the market and generate growth with our strategic partners.”

The new USA-made, laser cut 310 & 410 Series brochures are available online and in the new Albion catalog that will be available for shipment late this September. Multimedia files can be accessed here.


Watch the Installation of the new laser cutter machine:


About Albion

As material handling and heavy-duty experts for over 65 years, Albion’s proven mobility solutions are capable of the most challenging applications. From the largest offering of industrial casters and wheels handling over 30,000 lbs. per caster, to cutting-edge custom designs – Albion’s experience and technology ensure that every solution meets the performance and safety requirements unique to each customers’ needs. For more information, visit albioncasters.com.

About Colson Group USA

Colson Group USA is a subsidiary of Colson Group, the largest global manufacturer and supplier of caster, wheel and mobility solutions. For over 350 combined years, the drive and experience of Colson innovators have led to some of the most trusted and advanced mobility solutions in the world, including some of the most renowned brands: Colson, Albion, Shepherd, Jarvis, MedCaster, Pemco, Faultless, and Bassick. Colson Group’s products and solutions are backed by its unmatched customer service and supply chain optimization strategies. For more information, visit colsongroupusa.com.

Amazement Prevails with Caster CAD 3D

At Colson Group USA, we saw an opportunity. Our customers and sales professionals needed a tool that would allow them to configure part numbers, download CAD models and data sheets, and share the content with their teams – all in a timely fashion.

So, we got to work. As the global leader in caster and wheels, developing the world’s first Caster 3D App just made sense. The app offers interactive 3D product catalogs for each of Colson Group USA’s brands. Users of the app can swiftly configure a part number and share or email CAD models and data sheets for a wide range of their needs. And, the augmented reality option allows for visualization of a model on physical products.

Customers and sales professionals alike are thrilled to have an almost instantaneous turnaround on their CAD models and datasheets because of the app.

“I used to hate when a customer would ask me for a drawing because it took so long,” said a sales professional of one of our distributors. “I wasn’t servicing my customers because my hands were tied; it took me two to three days to get a drawing. When I started using the app, I had my customer on the phone talking through their application, and I emailed the drawing to them while they were on the phone. They were amazed.”

Now, the sales professional looks forward to his customers requesting drawings or datasheets because he knows he can impress them with a deliverable in their inbox immediately.

Download the Caster CAD 3D app in the iTunes store or on Google Play today. We’d love to know what you think of it.

 


Pictured above is the Caster CAD 3D Android version, with the MedCaster PreVail series. PreVail is a low-profile central locking twin-wheel caster.

First Ever Caster App: Caster CAD 3D App Now On Android Devices

Approximately one year after the launch of the industry’s first caster model app, Colson Group USA is pleased to announce that Caster CAD 3D is now available for Android devices. The updated app allows users across multiple mobile platforms to explore Colson Group’s interactive 3D caster catalogs ‘on-the-go’. App users can quickly configure a part number and download or deliver CAD models and datasheets to anyone with an email address.

“We have had great success with Caster CAD 3D,” said Brad Kish, Director of Marketing/Communications. “Our customers have been asking for an Android version since its original launch, and we are now happy to deliver on this request. The Android app features the same great functionality as our iOS app, allowing fast delivery of great caster content—including 2D/3D CAD models and our very popular interactive 3D PDF datasheets. It is the content our customers need to allow them to walk away with all the pertinent specifications and allow easy integration into their designs. We have received tremendous feedback on how it is saving many of our customers’ time, and ensuring that they have a viable and trusted product specified.”

The benefits of Caster CAD 3D are:

  • Downloadable 2D or 3D CAD models are completely free and in a user’s native CAD format
  • Interactive models can be easily configured for user-specific needs
  • Interactive 3D PDF datasheets give you all pertinent specifications and a 2D drawing
  • World-View allows visualization of a model on physical products
  • Models, visualizations, and data sheets can be quickly shared with teams

The 3D CAD Models are compliant with major world standards and are suitable for use in current CAD systems. Caster CAD 3D is a free app and is now available on Google Play and the App Store.

Colson Group USA Receives Business Award

Colson Group USA is pleased to receive the Manufacturing/Distribution Large Business Award, as was bestowed by Cornerstone Alliance this morning, February 11, 2015. As part of their annual business recognition ceremony, the Cornerstone Alliance recognized Colson Group USA for the development of our new world-class Distribution Center, located next to our existing St. Joseph manufacturing plant. Kevin Osborn, Vice President of Operations, accepted the award on the company’s behalf. Read more about the meeting via Moody on the Market, a Southwest Michigan business insight blog.

Cornerstone Alliance is a non-profit economic development organization primarily focused on increasing employment opportunities, private sector capital investments and the local tax base in Michigan’s “Great Southwest.” Learn more about Cornerstone Alliance here.

Alignment for the Future

This September, Colson Group USA announced the final step in its business strategy to align the company for the future. The plans include a new world-class national distribution center (DC) that will be located next to its St. Joseph, MI manufacturing plant, as well as the advancement of heavy-duty caster manufacturing in its two Michigan manufacturing plants.

(See “National DC Overview” and “Heavy-Duty Caster Manufacturing” for additional details.)

The establishment of the DC follows multi-million dollar investments in the company’s manufacturing facilities, and is the final infrastructure move in their transformation to operate as “one.” Previous to this transformation, the individual brands of Colson Group USA operated as autonomous companies. Beginning in 2013, the individual companies began the transformation into Colson Group USA to harness global synergies and further advance their leading position in the marketplace.

“The Colson team has done a great job completing a number of key initiatives during the past couple of years driving the transformation of Colson Group USA,” said Tom Blashill, Colson Group’s CEO. “Our vision and strategy have remained the same – to best position Colson Group USA for growth as the global leader in the caster industry and continue to bring Colson together as one company. Our USA manufacturing and distribution strategy positions us to deliver great value to our customers and drive growth in our business.”

The new 170,000-square-foot national DC, slated to open early 2016, will work in tandem with Colson Group USA’s manufacturing plants and auxiliary distribution facilities to simplify customers’ ordering experience, while also advancing the group’s operational capabilities.

“We want to enhance our distribution capabilities while allowing our plants to focus on manufacturing excellence,” said Blashill. “Distribution plays a significant role in our customers’ experience, and we look forward to delivering our full range of product solutions from our world-class DCs.”

National DC Overview

Excitement is building as Colson Group USA is rapidly advancing with the development of its new national distribution center located in St. Joseph, MI. Designed with the latest in distribution practices and technologies, the advanced 170,000-square-foot facility will be Colson Group USA’s first national DC supporting distribution for all of its brands of casters and wheels.

“Our goal is to enhance our customers’ experience through faster and more reliable fulfillment, dependable inventory planning, and the ability to consolidate shipments from our various brands,” said Kevin Osborn, VP of Operations at Colson Group USA. “The DC will provide the necessary operational alignment to make this possible.”

Creation of the national DC allows Colson Group to setup a facility optimized solely for the distribution and common assembly of its broad product offering – functions currently supported within its individual manufacturing plants. This shift in distribution responsibilities will allow the manufacturing plants to further enhance their operational and service responsibilities, thus better supporting the group’s growing mix of USA-made products, customer-direct production orders, and regular supply to the DC.

The rollout of the new DC is led by Kevin Osborn, Colson Group USA’s VP of Operations. Kevin has been with Colson since 2008, where he has managed the operations for both the highly efficient and automated Jonesboro, AR and Monette, AR facilities. Kevin and his teams have carefully planned and reviewed all steps to ensure the DC infrastructure, technology, data structure, and inventory transitions are strategically staged and executed to mitigate service disruptions and create a truly world-class caster distribution center.

DC KEY UPDATES AND FEATURES:

  • New ERP and data structure created specifically for DC to support advanced transacting and processing; this includes barcoding for every part number
  • Automatic data collection for real time ERP transactions and visibility for customer service representatives – thus eliminating paper transactions that later have to be keyed, and further improving inventory accuracy
  • Narrow-aisle racking installation is nearing completion
  • Hardware and shipment processing equipment now in-place
  • Wire-guided turret trucks in-place, equipped with ruggedized tablet PCs and scanners for efficient and safe picking
  • Experienced leadership for the DC assembly and distribution functions established; various employees relocated from Newnan facility
  • Assembly cells now underway; to be complete late this December

The DC will be officially opening in January, and Kevin and his teams will strategically phase in supporting inventory over the following months. Watch for additional updates and details on the DC development in the weeks to come.