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Hickory Hardware's Testing Lab Moves
December 6, 2006

Hickory Hardwareâ„¢, America’s leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of decorative, functional and industrial hardware, announces that its state-of-the-art caster testing lab has relocated to the new Hickory Hardware facility in Nashville, Tennessee. The Hickory Hardware testing lab has a 117-year history of industry-leading caster design and research since its founding in 1889 as part of the original Faultless Caster Company.

Hickory Hardware Testing LabThe caster testing lab allows Hickory Hardware to continue perfecting casters and wheels with the most up-to-date manufacturing methods and technology. Analyzing wheels and caster assemblies for physical properties such as endurance, load capacities, heat tolerances, and wear characteristics on various surfaces, the lab conducts tests developed by the Institute of Caster and Wheel Manufacturers.

Engineers at the Hickory Hardware lab utilize the latest technologies, including AutoCAD® and Pro/E® for 3-D modeling of parts and assemblies; finite element analysis (FEA) of models; and a stereo lithographic apparatus (SLA) for prototyping. Once a caster has completed the design phase, the state-of-the-art testing lab is used for both static and dynamic analyses of casters and components.

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