Engineering components supplier WDS Component Part’s range of stainless steel handwheels has seen three new sizes added to its portfolio, to ensure that end users and OEMs can select an appropriate size for each application. Previously offering a sinlge size, but with a choice of round or keywayed mounting hole, WDS now includes in its catalogue stainless steel handwheels in 100, 160, 200, and 315mm overall diameter. The choice of round or keywayed mounting hole remains for all sizes.
All variations are machined from cast stainless steel (grade S3100:1991:316C16F) with the rim given a polished finish. They weight from 500g for the smallest wheels to 6,200g for the largest. The three smaller sizes are all three-spoke designs; the largest 315mm wheels have five spokes.
Ergonomics is important for handwheels, as they have to ‘feel right’ and have a profile that is easy to use. To this end, the rim is relatively wide (15-35mm) and easy to grip. Further the rise generated by the angle of the spokes produces a generous space (17-33mm) between the rim and the machine or panel behind it, making the wheel easy to use and reducing the risk of fingers feeling like they are too big.
The stainless steel handwheels complement WDS’s already extensive range of wheels that are made of pressed steel, cast iron, aluminium or glass fibre reinforced plastic. There are expected to prove popular in fields such as marine and shoreside, pharmaceutical and chemical production, medical equipment, food preparation and any applications where regular washdowns with water or caustic solutions are required. The wheels are also expected to prove popular in applications where a high quality aesthetic is required.