Guide rollers for every application | Blickle

Blickle guide rollers for every application

Keeping the world moving

Guide rollers keep things moving smoothly in a number of different areas and help to transport loads safely by making sure that they always follow the same linear path along a guide or rail.
They are used for a wide variety of applications, both indoors and outdoors:

  • in sorting facilities (airport luggage sorting, packet sorting, logistics centres)
  • as guide elements in machines 
  • in production plants
  • in lifts and escalators
  • in conveyor belts
  • in offshore cranes

Generally speaking, guide rollers come in two different varieties: guide wheels and running wheels. Guide wheels are used in machines or gates to facilitate linear motion. These wheels are usually put under frequent but brief loads. Running wheels, on the other hand, are usually designed to withstand constant loads. They are frequently used in conveyor systems.

A wide range of products to suit any requirements

Guide rollers have to meet a wide range of different requirements in various areas. We use different wheel centre materials and our internally developed treads to suit diverse applications. Machinery and equipment require low levels of rolling resistance to keep things moving smoothly and efficiently. Blickle Extrathane® tread is perfectly suited for this application, due to its low rolling resistance and high degree of resistance to abrasion. Guide rollers which are used outdoors have to withstand fluctuating temperatures and extreme weather conditions. They also need to be corrosion-resistant. The FPOB castor series, which uses our internally developed Besthane® tread and a nylon wheel centre, is a perfect match. The tread provides a low level of rolling resistance and makes equipment quiet when in motion. The castors in this series are also flexible at low temperatures, hydrolysis-resistant and capable of transporting heavy loads of up to 300 kg. This makes them perfectly suited to outdoor applications. Guide rollers used in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries also need to be electrically conductive and resistant to chemicals. We have versions which meet these requirements.

In the majority of our series, the tread of the wheel is cast or applied directly onto the ball bearing or wheel centre. This makes the guide rollers extremely resilient due to the strong chemical bond between the tread and the bearing or wheel centre.

The right product for any application

Blickle provides a total of seven different guide roller series with different polyurethane and nylon treads as part of our comprehensive standard range. 

An overview of these series is provided below, along with information about their special features and the areas in which they are used.

Series Description Wheel Ø Load capacity Versions Special features Applications
Series FTH:
Blickle Extrathane® polyurethane tread, cast directly onto the ball bearing
30 – 75 mm 25 – 125 kg corrosion-resistant ball bearing (on request)
  • low-noise operation
  • low rolling resistance
  • good floor preservation
  • very abrasion-resistant, high cut and tear propagation resistance
  • non-marking, non-staining
  • guide for gates
  • lifts
  • convertible tops
  • swimming pool covers
  • conveyor belts
Series FSTH:
Steel wheel centre, tread cast directly onto the steel wheel centre, pressed-in ball bearing
40 – 125 mm 45 – 330 kg  
  • low-noise operation
  • low rolling resistance
  • good floor preservation
  • very abrasion-resistant, high cut and tear propagation resistance
  • non-marking, non-staining
  • higher load capacity than FTH
  • baggage handling and distribution equipment
  • cranes
Series FPOB:
Nylon wheel centre,
Blickle Besthane® polyurethane tread

80 – 125 mm 130 – 300 kg corrosion-resistant ball bearing (on request)
  • high dynamic load capacity
  • very low rolling resistance
  • hydrolysis-resistant
  • flexible at low temperatures
  • low-noise operation
primarily for outdoor use:
  • cranes
  • conveyors
  • swimming pool covers
Series FPTH:
Nylon wheel centre cast onto the ball bearing, thermoplastic polyurethane tread cast onto the wheel centre
60 – 125 mm 110 – 290 kg
  • corrosion-
    resistant ball bearing (on request)
  • electrically conductive version, non-marking (on request)
  • low rolling resistance
  • hydrolysis-resistant
  • low-noise operation
primarily for outdoor use:
  • cranes
  • conveyor belts
  • lifts, etc.
Series FPU:
Guide roller with thermoplastic polyurethane tread
  • tread cast directly onto the ball bearing
25 – 60 mm 20 – 120 kg
  • corrosion-
    resistant ball bearing (on request)
  • electrically conductive version, non-marking (on request)
  • very low rolling resistance
  • chemical resistance
  • very small diameter possible
  • cost-efficient
  • guide for gates
  • lifts
  • convertible tops
  • swimming pool covers
Series FPO:
Nylon 6 tread cast directly onto the ball bearing
25 – 125 mm 30 – 400 kg
  • corrosion-
    resistant ball bearing (on request)
  • electrically conductive version, non-marking (on request)
  • high load capacity
  • very low rolling resistance
  • wide variety of products
  • chemical resistance
  • cost-efficient

primarily for outdoor use:
  • gates
  • lifts
  • convertible tops
  • swimming pool covers
Series FSVU:
Guide roller with polyurethane tread Vulkollan®, with steel wheel centre
40 – 100 mm 70 – 250 kg
  • corrosion-resistant ball bearing
    (on request)
  • low rolling resistance
  • high dynamic load capacity
  • very abrasion-resistant
  • high chemical resistance
  • high cut and tear propagation resistance
  • Rack feeders
  • conveyor belts
  • lifts
  • electric monorail conveyors

Are you looking for a specific product? Use our product finder! You can use a variety of filters to find the guide roller you need.

Blickle quality products Made in Germany

We use our own facilities to develop and manufacture our polyurethane treads and the injection moulding process. Blickle has developed a variety of polyurethane types for different applications. Tread and tyre hardness, abrasion, load capacity, rolling resistance and many other characteristics vary depending on the material composition, providing a great deal of versatility. We also use our in-house facilities to manufacture a wide range of synthetic wheels and wheel centres from nylon, polypropylene, thermoplastic rubber-elastomer (TPE) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). We also produce heat-resistant, electrically conductive and glass fibre-reinforced versions.

Having our own manufacturing facilities gives us complete control over quality and delivery dates. It also allows us to react with speed and flexibility to customer requirements. 

More information about Blickle’s manufacturing facilities is available here.

Special requirements? No problem.

If you cannot find the guide roller you are looking for in our standard range, we would be happy to develop a special solution for you. This might involve simply making some minor modifications to a castor in our standard range. We can also develop new products to meet customer requirements. You can find examples of the special versions we have provided for a wide range of customers in our Success Stories.

Do you have any other questions? Your personal contact partner will be happy to help you select the right product!