Locking Swivel Caster keeps carts traveling straight.

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Faultless Auto-Align Caster uses spring-locking pin that, when engaged, keeps caster rigid and tracking in straight line. With application of sufficient side-load forces, caster disengages spring-locking pin and swivels up to 180° in either direction. Product is made of non-metallic 304 stainless steel, fully rated for wash-down applications, and suited for automated guided vehicles used in hospital industry or light-duty cart equipment used in warehousing.

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Hickory Hardware's Faultless Caster Introduces New Auto-Align Caster

Innovative, patent-pending design keeps specialty carts tracking in a straight line

(Nashville, Tennessee, USA: September 27, 2007) Hickory Hardware, North America's leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of decorative, functional and industrial hardware, announces the release of its Faultless Auto-Align Caster. Ideal for a wide range of cart applications, including automated guided vehicles (AGVs) used in the hospital industry and light-duty cart equipment used in warehousing, the Auto-Align Caster's innovative, compact design provides full directional control and keeps the caster traveling in a straight line.

The Auto-Align Caster uses a spring-locking pin that, when engaged, keeps the caster rigid and tracking in a straight line. When sufficient side-load forces are applied, such as from an AGV's directional system, the caster disengages the spring-locking pin and swivels up to 180 degrees in either direction. The force needed to disengage the locking mechanism is adjustable for custom applications.

"Simplicity of movement and motion is a key element in today's healthcare arena," says Steve Bakich, national sales manager of healthcare casters, Hickory Hardware. "With the Faultless Auto-Align Series, our customers can be assured that their equipment is reliable and will react to their needs."

Sturdy, reliable and safe, the Auto-Align Caster is built with its compact locking mechanism and spring plunger underneath the caster's trailing side to keep the parts from projecting outward beyond the caster's swivel radius. Streamlined and compact, the Auto-Align Caster assembly is made of nonmetallic 304 Stainless Steel and is fully rated for wash-down applications. The caster's simple design and minimum number of components also promote cleanliness.

For sales or marketing information, contact Hickory Hardware, Faultless Caster Division, by phone at (800) 322-7359 or e-mail casters@hickoryhardware.com .

About Hickory Hardware
Hickory Hardware? brings together some of the finest hardware companies in the world ? Belwith International, Faultless Caster, Keeler Brass Company, Madico, and Wright Products. The company designs, manufactures and markets decorative, functional and industrial hardware to the retail, wholesale distribution, and OEM furniture and cabinetmaker markets under the brand names Hickory Hardware, Belwith, Faultless Caster, Keeler Brass, Madico, Period Brass, and Wright Products. For more information, visit www.hickoryhardware.com.

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