Satellites, rockets, and orbital capsules around the world—from Kourou Launch Base in French Guyana to ISRO in India or NASA at Cape Canaveral in the United States—are likely to be moved through a cleanroom on a nearly invisible AeroGo air caster. The air caster aka air bearing has become a load-moving staple for space agencies worldwide. Air casters ensure vibration-free movement to safeguard sensitive, precision-calibrated equipment and prevent damage to epoxy floors. In use for more than 50 years, see for yourself how air casters mobilize a satellite as it travels on the ground by visiting the AeroGo booth #442 at Satellite 2021. Founded in 1967, AeroGo manufacturers air bearings and satellite equipment for use during assembly, test and pre-launch. An experienced in-house engineering team provides application-specific load movement systems for satellites, test equipment, rockets, missiles, capsules, etc. AeroGo is a turnkey provider. Go here for more information →
In a cleanroom environment, there is no margin for error when a single particulate of dust can be catastrophic. Such facilities require a material handling solution that can ensure safe movement and positioning of sensitive and expensive equipment without damaging the equipment or floor surface or injuring personnel. The transporting device? Air casters. View the digital article here →
One area of manufacturing in need of efficiency gains is the joining of subassemblies of multi-ton machines. Air casters make it easy to join large assemblies and setup flexible manufacturing lines. Read the article here →
Ground-based transporters in combination with air casters provide manufacturers a means to float heavy subassemblies rather than lifting them into the air. The method is much safer for employees and significantly reduces component mating process time from hours to minutes. The July issue of Industrial Machinery Digest features Mike Brown’s article “Mating Equipment on an Assembly Line without Suspending Heavy Components’ on pages 36-39. Download the article here →
Paul Jakse, Vice President Sales, has announced the promotion of Mike Brown to Sales Operations Manager. Paul stated, “Mike will be leading the sales team in all aspects while remaining an active contributor to the Custom Products Group.” Mike Brown, Mechanical Engineer, started at AeroGo in 2017 as a research and development product tester for air casters. He later took on the role of case manager for field service and customer support. Then he moved into the Custom Products Group as a Sales Engineer. He has significant expertise managing highly technical projects in specialty manufacturing including biotech, nuclear, pharmaceutical, and heavy equipment.
In pharma cleanroom applications, air casters are compact and highly maneuverable, which means they can power some notable process improvements and efficiency starting with fitting in the footprint of the equipment.
Demand for additional classrooms and training facilities in the education sector has skyrocketed. Modular and prefabricated structures have emerged to answer the demand quickly and cost-effectively. AeroGo air casters optimize production for modular manufacturers. Read all about it here.
For aerospace applications, air casters work similar to air hockey but in a more controlled manner, making it possible to move heavy, delicate satellites in a smooth and precise manner without damaging epoxy floors and while keeping the clean room environment pristine.
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AeroGo President John Massenburg announced the promotion of Nicole Faull to Human Resources Manager. Nicole’s primary focus will continue to be transformational employee benefits and company culture along with a strategic focus on far-reaching programs to optimize resources. Mr. Massenburg stated, “This position is crucial to our people and culture. It directly effects AeroGo long-term goals.” Nicole joined AeroGo in 2018.
For an optimal load moving solution, many facilities turn to air casters. Their specific features are designed to eliminate nearly all material handling challenges in a cleanroom environment.