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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 4:13 PM  RssIcon

While wooden decks protect loads from scratches and dents, even the toughest oak or Trex® can’t withstand mold, mildew and Mother Nature’s wrath.

To build this custom trailer for an aerospace manufacturer, Hamilton spec’d a mineral-added plastic lumber made from recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE), or milk jugs.

Because it contains no wood fiber, the ultra-durable composite deck resists rain and humidity, which warped the wooden decks on the company’s old trailers.

Here are the tech specs of Hamilton’s eco-friendly trailer:

  • Pallet transport trailer
  • Capacity: 8,000 pounds
  • Deck size: 48” wide by 240” long
  • Deck material: synthetic wood (HDPE)
  • Steering type: Single fifth-wheel style
  • Running gear: front – two 16” diameter solid pneumatic wheels; rear – two 18” diameter solid pneumatic wheels (all with steel, bolt-on rims and tapered bearings)
  • Superstructure: 2” high lips – 12” by 12” L shaped at each corner (four total); five 18” wide, equally spaced along side frame (10 total)
  • Couplers: front – tongue with towing eye; rear – pin and clevis
  • Brake: Rigid wheel scrub brake activated by raising tongue up to stored position
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Monday, January 26, 2015 4:08 PM  RssIcon

Hamilton’s new addition to its caster lineup handles up to 20 tons and keeps a low profile.

The Enhanced Maxi-Duty (EMD2) Series features forged steel wheels for heavy manufacturers who need to boost load capacities without increasing overall height.

A hybrid of our Maxi-Duty and Ultra Maxi-Duty lines, EMD2 packs a small mounting plate and massive swivel construction. And dual-forged steel wheels machined with a slight crown for improved rollability and swiveling.

Best of all, a common mounting plate size (8 ½ by” 8 ½”) makes it easy to swap out existing casters with EMD2.

Our customers didn’t waste any time enhancing their heavy operations with EMD2. Some of the first ever built have already been deployed by the Department of Energy.

Visit our EMD2 product page to learn more about our rugged new casters, or contact us with any questions.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:00 PM  RssIcon

Astronaut ice cream might perplex us, but it’s hardly the weirdest thing NASA has hurled into space – besides humans, that is. Here are a few peculiar items that have literally gone farther than most of us ever will.

A Star Wars Lightsaber

In 2007 the force was strong with astronauts on board the International Space Station. While some crewmembers packed flags and photos (they’re allowed up to two pounds of personal goods), one sci-fi junkie brought a lightsaber prop used by Luke Skywalker. Why? Star Wars director George Lucas asked him.

Coke and Pepsi

Dubbed the “Cola Wars in Space,” Coke and Pepsi hoped astronauts could settle the soda debate once and for all. In 1985 the Shuttle Challenger was equipped with specially designed soda dispensers for crewmembers to taste both zero G colas. Unfortunately, because of the lack of gravity and refrigeration, astronauts deemed the experiment/advertising stunt a failure.

Bacon Burgers and Beer

This delicious, incredibly American combination could even be sent into space by you. Wait, what? For $60, you can buy a 600-gram air balloon to tote up to 1.8 pounds into near space, or an altitude of 105,000 feet. A two-day-old bacon hamburger and Natural Light beer are two of the most notable items people have sent up. In case you’re wondering, yes, Hamilton makes wheels that weigh less than two pounds. We’re on it…

Check out more weird things sent into space over at Listverse.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 3:59 PM  RssIcon

Japan’s blindingly fast Maglev train could take you from Washington D.C. to New York – 226 miles – in less than an hour

Powered by electromagnets, the sci-fi-like train zips over tracks at speeds up to 311 mph. Unlike standard trains that run over tracks, the Maglev floats using magnetic levitation. Take that, gravity!

Recently, 100 passengers experienced its super-fast speeds for the first time, traveling 27 miles in less than 15 minutes.

For comparison purposes, America’s fastest train – Amtrak’s Acela Express – tops out at a “sluggish” 100 mph.

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Friday, January 23, 2015 3:55 PM  RssIcon

By the end of January, 35 percent of us will have failed our New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because we made our goals too complicated, i.e. bucket lists. Or, they’re just too vague, i.e. selling more casters.

Here are some realistic goals to strive for:

  • Stop multitasking. Instead of helping you get more done, multitasking destroys productivity. And, the stress it causes could take years off your life. Don’t quit cold turkey. Set small, manageable goals. For example, don’t check your email until you’ve finished that sales proposal.
  • Nix pukey phrases from your vocabulary. “Trust me.” “What will it take to earn your business?” “Let me be honest with you.” A few fatal words could cost you a sale. Check out the seven deadly sins of sales talk, and get cutting.
  • Never forget a name again. Blanked on the plant manager’s name? We’ve all been there. But if it’s a regular occurrence, you might try these tips to make sure you never forget a name again. For example, associate the name with a familiar face, i.e. Tom Brady for Tom.
  • Procrastinate, the right way. Scratch everything you’ve heard about procrastination. Turns out, putting things off is just a side effect of trying to do too much. Instead, take control of your procrastination by prioritizing tasks you must get done, and leave the not-so-important stuff for another day.

What are your goals in 2015? Ours include making the toughest casters on the planet even tougher. Tell us in the comments.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 4:53 PM  RssIcon

We think the world needs more casters year round – especially during the holidays. Here are some creative ways to use casters and spread a little Hamilton cheer.

  • Stocking stuffers and presents. Give the gift of Hamilton. It’ll last forever. What might someone do with a caster? Keep reading…
  • Ground support for Santa’s sleigh. With Santa down to just a few reindeer this year, he might need reinforcements. “Dasher, Prancer, Hamilton.” Check out our custom trailer, which doubles as Santa’s sleigh.
  • Holiday floats. A broken down float could ruin the whole parade. It’s a good thing our casters never break down.
  • Mobile Christmas trees. “Honey, do you think it’ll look better near the window?” “Wait, what about in this corner?” Hamilton squashes mobility problems, and provides marital intervention.
  • Cart for overindulgers. Wheel around Uncle Ed and family members who binge on fruitcake and eggnog. You might need the cart for yourself, too.
  • Ornaments. A decoration that’ll outlast even the most treasured keepsakes. Plus, it’ll make a good conversation starter. We recommend NOT hanging them from a chintzy fake tree.
  • Centerpieces. Nothing says family, tradition and being surrounded by chaos like Hamilton casters. Use them to stand up tabletop candles, or deck them out with garland and faux snow.
  • Coffee tables. If Pottery Barn gives you the hives, Hamilton makes actual coffee tables made from oak hardwood and our famous casters. Seriously!
  • Kitchen tools. Go all caveman on the ham and pound it out with Hamilton. Just call it “rustic.” Or roll out the cookie dough with a polyurethane wheel.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:49 PM  RssIcon

With reindeer populations plummeting, it might be time for Santa to consider a new ride. “Dasher, Prancer, Hamilton,” we can hear it now.

We built this custom fifth-wheel steer trailer for one of the largest forklift manufacturers in the world. To prevent the company’s trucks from wandering off into the wrong department, we paint them different colors. Fortunately for Santa, this one’s ruby red if he ever needs the ground support. As for getting it to fly? That’s on him and his North Pole entourage.

Tech specs:

  • Size: 42” wide by 144” long
  • Capacity: 10,000 lbs. of forklift parts
  • Open-frame construction of structural steel, including cross supports and bolsters
  • Running gear: Eight dual-mounted moldon, rubber-tired wheels with 90 durometer treads and double-sealed precision ball bearings
  • Heavy-duty fifth wheel steel channel drawbar with forged steel loop welded at end
  • Three cross rails of steel tubing – one back 26” from front, one 72” back from front and one 118” back from front
  • 16” high bulkhead at front of trailer, with two ratchet winches with 12-foot long straps evenly spaced on top side of frame
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Monday, December 15, 2014 4:47 PM  RssIcon

At Hamilton, we always have our ears to the Tarmac, in search of new ways to power the aviation industry. That’s when we discovered the Beluga. It’s a fitting name for a whale of a plane that carries 47 tons worth of wings, fuselages and other critical aircraft parts.

One of the largest plants ever built, the Beluga is modeled after the Airbus A300. But unlike its standard companion, this mega aircraft features a 150,000 cubic foot interior and a heavily modified fuselage, which loads from the front, not the back.

All that real estate comes with a hefty price tag, too. The Beluga costs nearly $300 million to build. But for Europe’s largest defense contractor, it’s a small price to pay to keep the aviation industry in the air.

Source: Gizmodo

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 4:44 PM  RssIcon

You know Hamilton arms the military and defense contractors with ultra-durable casters and trailers, but did you know we’re certified by the United States Department of Defense?

Every year, Hamilton applies to achieve International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) certification, which means that all of our products for the military meet the U.S. government’s strict standards – and then some.

For defense contractors who deal with large-scale government manufacturing, keep Hamilton top of mind. Why? More custom expertise. More durability. More history. And waaaay less red tape.

Want to see our latest creation for a federal contractor? Check out Colossus, Hamilton’s 200-ton capacity (not a typo) casters.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 4:42 PM  RssIcon

Back in 2012 Hamilton built a custom circular dolly to haul a mockup of NASA’s Mars-destined Orion spacecraft.

Fast track to December 5, NASA successfully completed a test launch of the space capsule, which will send astronauts to an asteroid, the red planet and beyond in the future.

ALSO READ: Dual-wheel casters prep Earthlings for Mars.

The unmanned mission helped engineers test some of the most dangerous parts of the flight, including the descent through Earth’s atmosphere and splash landing in the ocean.

"Really, we're going to test the riskiest parts of the mission," said Mark Geyer, Orion’s program manager. "Ascent, entry and things like fairing separations, Launch Abort System jettison, the parachutes plus the navigation and guidance – all those things are going to be tested.

This isn’t the first time NASA has enlisted Hamilton’s help, either. Last July Hamilton built custom dual-wheel, solid pneumatic casters to help NASA build and test a new landing vehicle. And our Maxi-Duty casters helped cart the Mars Curiosity rover.

Next up for Project Orion? Another unmanned trip to the moon, followed by a mission that will send humans to deep space for the first time in 40 years.

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