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