Bakery Casters are an essential piece of equipment in most commercial bakeries. Casters are the small wheels you attach to the base of a rack or a trolley which allow the trolley to roll around with ease. Since commercial bakeries are a high-pressure, fast-paced environment, it is important to know the importance of this small wheel in such an environment. It may seem inconsequential at first, but casters have become highly specialized over the years and can now cater to many environments with ease.
First of all, we need to figure out exactly the kind of casters that are used in a bakery and what they are used for.
Casters In A Bakery
Casters in a bakery have been specialized to cater to a number of different purposes. The casters are mainly used for bakery racks. Baking racks are racks where bread and other freshly baked goods are kept to cool down after coming out of the oven. These baking racks have casters that allow them to be moved from one place to another. Other than baking racks, wheels are also used in a number of other applications, such as proofing racks, which are racks where the dough is proofed, along with storing racks, griddles, and troughs.
Of course, one thing we must remember about a bakery environment is that these are very hot spaces. There are commercial ovens functioning from one wall to the other, and a little bit of heat comes out every time one of these ovens are opened. Other than that, the environment is generally hot and humid to help the dough rise and proof, making it quite an intense working place.
Normal casters that have not been idealized for a bakery environment are constantly under the threat of being broken down in bakeries. This is because the sub-par material can melt or stick to the ground. It can even lose its structural integrity and lose its smoothness, which will make it much harder to roll the rack from one place to another.
This is why the most important thing you can use in a bakery rack wheel is a mechanism for heat resistance. The best wheels for bakeries are entirely heat resistant and can function for a long time in these hot and intense environments without the threat of breaking down. Of course, this is contingent upon the owners of the racks providing constant maintenance to the wheels.
Bakery rack wheels are often built to withstand high temperatures which can range from 400-500 F. The grease used on these baking rack wheels is also heat resistant and allows the wheels to move around smoothly without snagging or tugging without being stuck on the floor either.
The material used for most baking rack wheels is nylon, which can also be glass-filled. The wheels are often made of stainless steel as well and come with high-resistance coatings such as zinc plating.
Things To Take Care Of When It Comes To Baking Rack Casters
Baking rack casters, as we have established, are an essential part of any bakery you can come across if they are operating commercially. If you are new to commercial baking operations, there are some things you need to take special care of when selecting and taking care of these casters. Remember that improper care of casters will break them down quickly, which will not only be an added expense to your business but will also affect the operations for as long as the casters are not present.
First of all, It is important to remember that you select the right kinds of casters for your bakery. You can even have a discussion with the caster manufacturer in this regard where they can help you select the best kind of caster wheels for your operations. If none of the wheels that the manufacturer has can help you out, remember that they can often customize wheels for your operations as well, so make sure that you try to factor that in your conversation. Remember to let the manufacturer know that you are looking for smooth wheels that can swivel and have optimal heat resistance.
Other than that, you need to be careful about the surroundings in your environment as well. For example, the floor’s maintenance is of utmost importance when it comes to baker’s rack wheels. Sometimes, floors in these high-pressure environments can get cracks or sustain damage. Even small bumps in the floor can damage the wheels to a certain extent. These cracks and bumps can tug on the wheels and make small cracks, dents, and tears appear on the wheels. While the wheel may still be smooth at first, the accumulation of these cracks and dents slowly makes the wheel less smooth.
Therefore, you need to perform regular maintenance on the wheels to get rid of these micro-tears and other damage. Other than that, regular maintenance of your floor is also of utmost importance. If you keep rolling the wheels on a broken floor, they will wear out very fast.
You should also make sure that the area with the oven is clean and tidy at all times. Of course, since the environment involves food, it is better for the health, but a clean environment is also better for the bakery rack wheels.
As dust and dirt keep accumulating on the wheels, the wheels get rougher and begin to slow down. If the dirt is left as is on the wheel, it eventually makes it harder to move the rack as well.
So make sure your oven goes through regular maintenance where it is thoroughly cleaned off all the debris. Do the same for all the racks with caster wheels since dirt accumulating on the racks will eventually make its way to the wheels.
Bakery rack wheels are of utmost importance to each bakery. It is important to choose the right one initially and then take good care of it as you run your operations to ensure that you don’t need regular replacement.