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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:09 PM  RssIcon

Before astronauts land on Mars and take an even bigger step for mankind, they’ll need a little help from Hamilton on Earth.

NASA enlisted our dual-wheel, solid pneumatic casters to help build and test a new landing vehicle called the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD).

Hamilton’s 21-inch casters with dual-tread contact brakes helped safely transport the precious cargo into place for a test launch on June 28, 2014. Get a view of them at the 8-second mark and see them in action at 1:35.

With the LDSD’s supersonic technology, NASA can launch a crew-filled capsule from space into Mars. And, to compensate for the planet’s incredibly thin atmosphere, slow the vessel from speeds greater than the speed of sound to about 200 mph.

Mark Adler, project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, beamed over the test mission’s success.

"The test vehicle worked beautifully, and we met all of our flight objectives,” he said. “We’ve recovered all the vehicle hardware and data recorders and will be able to apply all of the lessons learned from this information to our future flights."

To learn more about the test flight and future missions to Mars, jet on over to NASA.gov

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:59 PM  RssIcon

The tallest steel building in the West belongs to New York with an assist from Hamilton’s wooden carts.During the past – and final – two years of One World Trade Center’s construction, New Jersey distributor Colonial Hardware geared up contractors with dozens of our hardwood platform carts.

Unlike traditional steel-deck carts, a wooden surface protects loads – usually construction supplies – and defends pricey glass curtain walls from scratches and dents.

Mold-on, smooth rolling rubber wheels won’t damage floors before tenants move in, which include residents and businesses like Condé Nast and China’s Beijing Vantone.

And with running gear arranged in a tilt-type diamond pattern, electricians or HVAC technicians can maneuver carts in cramped spaces with ease.

Set to open by late November 2014, the 1,776-foot skyscraper trumps Willis Tower by a few hundred feet. Sorry, Chicagoans. At least the battle for pizza supremacy is still up for debate.

From One World Trade Center to Your Living Room

Kick your feet up on a piece of American and Hamilton history. We build and sell coffee table versions of the same carts used at One World Trade Center.

It’s the perfect industrial-chic centerpiece for a living room or man cave. Plus, it’s just as durable as our factory carts, so pile on all the beer, coasters, candles, TV remotes, and books you’ll never read.

Interested? Call or email Mark Lippert for details. 513-454-2642.

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:56 PM  RssIcon

A fired-up Governor John Kasich and cheers from hundreds replaced the usual buzz at Hamilton’s factory on July 8.

“Helping (companies like Hamilton) do what they do — create jobs — has been our focus for the past four years,” said Kasich. “And they’ve responded by helping our state add over a quarter million new jobs.”

For the second straight political campaign, the governor chose Hamilton to announce his endorsement by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, an organization we’ve supported for nearly 40 years.

“Ohio is doing things right,” said Kasich, citing Hamilton as an example for job creation and economic growth – successes we can attribute to our lean manufacturing journey.

Before heading back on the campaign trail, he toured our factory to see how we help forge Ohio – and the entire country – ahead, one caster a time.

“An American-owned company for 107 years, we take great pride in this country and where it’s headed,” said Dave Lippert, Hamilton’s president. “That’s why we get involved. We believe in those who share the same passion and want to see it continue to grow.”

Read more about the governor’s visit.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014 12:27 PM  RssIcon

Its name practically says it all.

The Verrückt water slide – meaning insane in German – invites thrill seekers to take the plunge from 17 stories above.

“It’s like jumping off the Empire State Building. It’s the scariest thing I’ve done,” said creator Jeff Henry to USA Today.

Located at Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas, the ride opened in June after months of delays because of safety concerns.

“We had issues on the engineering side,” said Henry. “A lot of our math was based on roller coasters at first, and that didn’t translate to a water slide like this. No one had ever done anything like this before.”

Originally for four people, the rafts now hold three people. To decrease speed and prevent injuries, engineers softened the hill that follows the 168-foot drop from 45 degrees to 22 degrees, and increased its height by five feet.

Despite a disclaimer that includes the possibility of death, thousands of adrenaline junkies have already climbed the ride’s 264 steps for 10 seconds of pure joy – or terror.

For more pictures and details, splash on over to Mashable.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:11 PM  RssIcon

With cold calling mostly dead, sales professionals have turned to social media to churn out leads, stay top-of-mind with existing customers and ultimately sell casters and trailers.

Of all the platforms – from Twitter to Facebook – LinkedIn reigns supreme when it comes to connecting with plant managers, project managers and decision makers.

Here are 7 simple ways to double your connections and make the most out of time spent on LinkedIn:

  • Post daily updates. Targeting the fried chicken supplier across town? Share blog posts, like this one, that demonstrate expertise and show why they should do business with you. The more you post, the more connections you’ll make in relevant parts of your business.
  • Join or jumpstart a LinkedIn group. Search for groups in heavy manufacturing and participate in discussions happening every day in the industries you serve. Staying active is key.
  • Connect with someone new daily. It seems obvious, but make an effort to send out an invite every day. Whether it’s the factory boss you sold a set of wheels to five years ago or a new prospect, any connection could lead to a sale. Personalize each message and make them genuine.
  • Make your contact info visible. Check your profile. You’ll want your phone number, email and website prominently displayed. Sure, it makes it easy for people to contact you, but it also builds credibility and shows you put effort into your business.

For more tips, check out this blog post from Jeff Bullas.

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