The wheel is possibly Mans Greatest invention and has remained the greatest step in the evolution of mankind until perhaps the introduction of the micro chip and the digital revolution. Obviously the wheel may be a subject which will rarely; if ever come in to the minds of the masses. however here at castors-online it is something very close to our hearts; and rightly so, it is not only the provider of our livelihood but it is something of which the development is our greatest passion.

I was very interested in a recent documentary screened on channel 4 entitled “business nightmares” which highlighted the danger of the failure to adapt and change a business to a rapidly changing world and stick dogedly to the  past and present or being afraid or unable to develop and move forward. The documentary was about the Huge worldwide Polaroid corporation which developed the instant camera which it sold at almost breakeven margins but enjoyed a masive 60% margin on the consumable film packs which could only be used by the camera. People saw that the difference of taking a picture and seeing the result immediately, was a revolution, instead of waiting until the whole film roll was used then sent away for processing and awaiting your pics sometime later. The company became one of the worlds biggest organisations and as the digital age dawned it toyed with entering the new market, but was reluctant to start down sizing and closing some of its many production facilities, and decided to stick resolutely to its core trade. It could have had no idea of the speed of which the digtal camera would  reinvent its market place, The company which was then among the most successful was soon forced to scale down its production and eventually file for bankruptcy owing one billion US dollars.

Castors-online have never thought it could reinvent the wheel but we have always developed and improved the product to what is now amongst the most complete ranges of industrial wheels and castors, We have introduced many new products including the gate castor and the market leading premium quality extra heavy duty NGR series and the heavy duty GDH series which will offer top quality and affordable solutions to all the heavy engineering and OEM sectors of the UK castor market, fast and reliable deliveries backed up with our quality assurance program registerd to ISO 9000.

With this in mind it has always been my strongest belief that the future is NEVER IN THE PAST.

Russell Jones

Theatres and television studios around the country are getting the strong silent treatment. All the swivel & total stop braked castors which are fitted to Aluminium and PVC covered transport and flight cases supplied by www.plequip.co.uk for supply to the TV and theatre market now have the all new range of heavy duty castors with the ultra quiet blue non marking elastic rubber tyres. The main and obvious advantage is the upgrading of the castor assembly which now has a load rating per castor of 200kg per unit which is a high lift from the previous model which loaded at 120kg per unit. This along with the new improved elastic tyred wheel replaces the semilastic wheel which has proved to be longer lasting, Stronger & Silent running. This has been a great advantage to the theatre, TV & Film studios where the riggers of outside broadcast and the requirement for quiet operation at all cost are not expected they are positivley demanded. The cases are gereally used to transport safely and securely all the equipment used on an outside broadcast of film production, usually lighting equipment and camera sets.  A typical film grip set, which is the camera which runs an a mobile rail track would all need to be packed transported and assembled time after time and requires gentle and secure carriage, as well as the obvious requirement for silent operation. the range can now been seen at www.castors-online.co.uk and searching on the product search for PLS422RNB

Russ Jones