I like the thinking behind this invention, a wheel inside a wheel. By adding small wheels to the larger wheel it allows you to move in any direction. Good one…
The Rotacaster wheel was a show-stopper at the 2007 ProMat Expo in Chicago.
The exhibition drew 35,000 visitors to inspect the wares of the materials handling market.
Tuncurry designer Graham Guileâ€™s creation was hailed â€œthe most innovative product at the show.â€
Company CEO Peter McKinnon described the prospects of Rotacaster Wheel Limited, currently being assessed by US consultants, as â€œvery positive.â€
â€œThe response has been very encouraging, and now weâ€™re finalising negotiations for larger premises and additional machinery in Tuncurry.â€
The little gadget at the centre of all the fuss is a fixed wheel that uses dozens of embedded rollers to move in all directions, including directly sideways.
This does away with the traditional swivel mounting, like those on disobedient shopping trolleys.
â€œIt takes the load off the trolley axel, thatâ€™s one big difference [from a conventional swivel wheel].
â€œItâ€™s also easier to manoeuvre in tight spaces, and easier on peoplesâ€™ arms.â€
The concept of the prototype was first sketched by Graham Guileâ€™s father Henry.
Henryâ€™s curiosity was piqued by a Bible passageâ€™s description of â€˜the Ezekiel Wheel;â€™ â€˜one wheel within another wheel.â€™ He designed and developed prototypes.
Graham continued his fatherâ€™s work by redesigning, testing and eventually manufacturing the wheel in a small Tuncurry factory leased in 2002 with the help of local investors.
â€œWeâ€™re proud to be a public company,â€ Rotacaster chairman Roger Lynch said.
In town to lend support to the local manufacturer, as well as the re-election prospects of Paterson MP Bob Baldwin, was Federal Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources Ian Macfarlane.
â€œSome of the best local products like this one need support to encourage further expansion,â€ he said.
Mr Baldwin agreed.
â€œClever inventions donâ€™t just come from the city. Theyâ€™re in the country as well.â€
The Rotacaster factory in Tuncurry makes about 2000 wheels every week, a number set to explode as curiosity buzzes around the world.