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Five years of research pays off for Toronto firm

Published by Steve Coleman on December 02, 2011

A Toronto company that re-invented the wheel has received a prestigious Chinese award for doing it.

Five years of research to produce a single-button, triple-function caster earned Darcor a 2011 Red Star Design Award for Excellence.

The product was one of 5,268 submitted by more than 1,000 businesses for judging. Less than five per cent of the designs received a Red Star rating.

The caster, which Darcor named The Medic, was recognized for how easy it is to get rolling, softer neoprene wheels than most casters and hardened ball races to keep them turning longer. The company designed the assembly to work off a single button that allows them to move freely, locks the swivel or puts the brakes on completely.

Darcor says a typical cart with four Medic casters can hold 600 pounds of weight on a 10-degree incline.

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