Case study

Halved noise emissions - with the same load-carrying capacity

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When a supermarket is supplied using roll containers, it can soon become very noisy - but this is not how it should be.

After all, intense noise is not only an unpleasant disturbance of the peace, but above a certain level also impacts health. The logistics specialist GEBHARDT therefore relies on our Syntech wheels. These wheels combined with their high load capacity are significantly quieter than ordinary wheels – ten decibels quieter, to be precise.

The starting point

Å utvikle og produsere effektive logistikkløsninger for handel og industri er det som kjennetegner GEBHARDT Logistic Solutions GmbH. Bedriften har blitt styrt som en familiebedrift i 6 generasjoner gjennom 185 tradisjonsrike år. GEBHARDT har rundt 500 medarbeidere på fem produksjonsanlegg rundt om i verden og har etablert seg som en markedsleder for lager- og transportløsninger.

Our smart mobility solution

After comprehensive analysis, we combined proven sheet steel castors with modern Syntech wheels for GEBHARDT.

Thanks to these, the noise level of a loaded roll container can be reduced by an impressive ten decibels, which is perceived as halving the volume.

The load carrying capacity, which is identical to that of conventional wheels, remained completely unaffected. The trick behind it: our Syntech is a hybrid wheel. The wheel body and base are made of polyamide - while the core is made of elastic solid rubber.

This allows us to combine the advantages of a hard tread with the strengths of a soft wheel. The combination of the two plastics results in optimum damping properties and thus significantly reduced noise emission.

This also convinced the customers of the logistics expert. The wholesale company Transgourmet, for example, mentions the low-noise delivery of goods in its sustainability brochure and highlights it as a special quality. But our cooperation with GEBHARDT focused not only on running noises.

Of course, we took a holistic view of the logistics challenges and, with the Syntech wheels, we also scored highly in terms of stability. After all, the specialist for logistic solutions puts its products through their paces and simulates real conditions in extensive tests: heavily loaded roll pallets overcome thresholds and obstacles. Forklift trucks bump into them. The wheels have to withstand cold and heat, dirt and rainwater and show no signs of weakness even in snow. Our Syntech wheels have passed all of these tests.

I mere end 30 år har vi brugt TENTEs faglige ekspertise.

Norbert Götz, indkøbschef hos GEBHARDT Logistic Solutions GmbH


The Syntech wheel has a service life more than twice that of hard-filled castors, which are used for an average of only two years. In contrast, the Syntech wheel is often used for up to five years.

This saves costs both in purchasing and maintenance and is another decisive reason why GEBHARDT relies on long-term cooperation with our company.

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