Load capacity

Load on wheels and casters

Dynamic load capacity

The load capacity listed for a wheel or caster is the load capacity which that wheel or caster was capable of withstanding when tested on a rotating bench in accordance with DIN EN 12527–12533 (ISO 22878–22884).

In order to determine the load capacity that a wheel or caster needs to have, it is important to know the dead weight of the transport equipment, the maximum additional weight and the number of supporting wheels or casters. When using four or more wheels or casters, the load on each individual wheel or caster may vary. The necessary load capacity is calculated as follows:

Load capacity formula

T = required load capacity per wheel or caster
E = dead weight of the transport equipment
Z = maximum additional weight
n = number of supporting wheels or casters
S = safety factor

Wheels and casters with ball bearings are capable of exceeding speeds of 4 km/h with a reduced load capacity.

Recommended safety factors for different applications

The safety factor S is used to account for deviations from the standard application conditions (smooth surface, walking speed of 2.5 mph (4 km/h), equal load distribution, travelling straight, ambient temperature of between +60 °F and +82 °F (+15 °C and +28 °C). The safety factor is affected by the speed of movement and the ratio of wheel Ø to the height of the obstacle. There are four different categories (see table).

Safety factors do not take tread wear into consideration.


Determining safety factor S

  Transport   Environment   Height of the obstacle   Safety factor
 Graphic – manual transport indoors   manual   indoors   < 5 % of wheel Ø   1.0–1.5
 Graphic – manual transport outdoors   manual   outdoors   > 5 % of wheel Ø   1.5–2.2
 Graphic – motorised transport indoors   motorized
  indoors   < 5 % of wheel Ø   1.4–2.0
 Graphic – motorised transport outdoors   motorized
  outdoors   > 5 % of wheel Ø   2.0–3.0

Static load capacity

If a wheel or caster is exposed to mainly static loads, its static load capacity is tested in accordance with ISO 22878. One of the criteria that this test looks at is the extent to which the tread flattens after a specific period. Information about the static load capacity of our products is available in our product data sheets. You can contact us directly to request them or download them from the product detail page.