Cranston, Rhode Island - Mearthane Products Corporation (MPC) will offer its urethane Mtech wheels to medical, industrial and office applications, the Rhode Island-based company announced on 11 July.
The multi-layered Mtech wheel - consisting of a hard urethane surface and a shock-absorbent inner core - was designed specifically for skateboards and inline skates but could soon be fitted to medical and shopping trolleys, suitcases and printing machines.
''Our Mtech wheels dominate the inline skate market because they grip surfaces well and provide a smooth ride under gruelling conditions,'' MPC president and chief executive John Roderick said.
''Industrial engineers in general could benefit from looking at the successes of sports engineering applications, since recreational environments provide an aggressive proving ground for new technologies.''
According to MPC, the Mtech wheel's outer urethane layer was wear-resistant and had a Shore hardness of between 72A and 95A, while the inner plastic had a resilience of up to 90 per cent rebound on the Bashore bounce test.