Aluminum Conveyor Wheels include standard, tortoise shell types.

Press Release Summary:

Designed to support varying application requirements in material handling industry, aluminum conveyor wheels (skate wheels) help reduce weight and also promote corrosion resistance. Tortoise Shell® version is available for applications where enhanced impact resistance and heavier load ratings are required. Standard and Tortoise Shell wheels utilize steel balls and raceways that are heat treated and hardened. Along with labyrinth shield, various options are available.

Original Press Release:

FRANTZ Manufacturing Launches New Line of Aluminum Conveyor / Skate Wheels - Now Offered in Standard and Tortoise Shell® Versions

Sterling, Illinois, USA — FRANTZ Manufacturing Company, the respected name in Made in USA rolling components for the material handling industry, announces the introduction of a new line-up of aluminum conveyor wheels to support the varied application requirements in today’s material handling industry. Aluminum wheels provide reduction in weight along with corrosion resistance benefits.  The new offering provides an entry-level price point option as well as a Tortoise Shell® version for applications where enhanced impact resistance and heavier load ratings are required.

FRANTZ entered the conveyor or skate wheel business in the 1930’s with the introduction of a line of roller skates branded “Hustler Speed King”, hence the term skate wheels. Later, conveyor wheels were mass produced for the war effort during WWII and then for use in the material handling industry.

Today, FRANTZ sets the standard of excellence in the conveyor component and steel ball market segments where it competes. Consultative working relationships with its customers, engineer to engineer, enables FRANTZ to innovate solutions that solve customer problems and deliver value, rather than just sell product. Domestic manufacturing and testing facilities provide the quality assurance that gives its customers peace of mind regarding the products delivered.

Both the Standard aluminum wheel and the Tortoise Shell® aluminum wheel utilize the same internal components.  The steel balls and raceways are heat treated and hardened under stringent processes to assure years of satisfactory product usefulness.  In fact, FRANTZ Sterling® Steel balls manufactured in Sterling, Illinois are produced to meet strict automotive quality standards TS-16949.

Most FRANTZ aluminum wheels are engineered with a labyrinth shield designed to keep dirt and dust out of the wheel ball complement to assure long product life. To address unique application issues, other options are available such as polyurethane tires, special lubrication oils for cold temperature applications and wheels with no lubrication.

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For more information, please contact the FRANTZ Manufacturing Company; Greg Yemm SVP of Sales 913.522.0639 or Customer Service 815.625.7063

FRANTZ Manufacturing Company’s Bearing Division and TS-16949:2009 certified Sterling® Steel Ball Division have provided high quality, specialty conveyor solutions for the material handling industry and steel ball solutions for the automotive industry for over 100 years.  Based in Sterling, Illinois, USA, since 1909, FRANTZ utilizes a strong combination of domestic manufacturing, effective critical sourcing solutions, and lean production methods to provide industry recognized highest quality products. Additionally, FRANTZ has provided superb category management with a remarkable on time delivery performance in less than container lot sizes, effectively meeting customer’s lean production needs and Return on Investment requirements.

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