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.
At Hamilton, we’re known for the toughest casters on the planet – and now, one of the biggest. Meet Colossus, a series of four 100,000-pound capacity casters we designed and custom built for a federal contractor.
Fully assembled, each caster towers 52 inches above the factory floor and weighs more than 8,000 pounds. Together, they represent Hamilton’s highest payload capacity ever: 200 tons.
“Everything about this job was colossal,” said Ralph Stampfli, Hamilton Caster’s truck team leader. “From the springs to the ball bearings. We even had to use a 30-ton crane, 6,000-pound forklift and 3/8th-inch chain just to move it out of our factory.”
A legendary load capacity is only part of what makes Colossus, well, colossal. Here are some of its unique, super-sized features:
“This is what Hamilton Caster does,” said Dustin Manz of Service Caster Corporation, the distributor that sold the casters. “They are the best out there as far as custom products go, and we needed that on this project. They really came through in a big way.”
“We’re very proud of Colossus,” said Mark Lippert, vice president of marketing. “It embodies everything we stand for: innovation, durability, precise engineering, and, of course, Made in America.”
To cope with the holiday blitz, a global retailer rolled out Hamilton trailers at its 1-million square foot distribution centers.
We built five custom cage trailers to haul 1,000 pounds of cardboard boxes, packaging and recycling materials throughout two of the company’s bustling warehouses.
Unlike the retailer’s old trucks, these four-wheel trailers feature an ultra-durable steel frame, a 60-inch tall cage that’s made of wire mesh and encased in a steel-angle frame, and Duralast® polyurethane wheels that outlast rubber.
Simply put: They can take a beating, and keep up with the onslaught of holiday packages.
Call us biased, but we believe heavy manufacturing is downright beautiful – and we’re not just talking about colossal casters. Need proof? Check out these photos via GE’s Instagram.
At 16,000 tons and more than 600-feet long, the USS Zumwalt is the largest destroyer in U.S. Navy history. But thanks to its unique design, it also has the radar signature of a fishing boat.
The $3 billion warship represents the future of stealth, naval warfare.
Inside and out, it’s engineered to stay off radar. For starters, it runs on electric power instead of diesel. Not only is electric power more energy efficient, but it’s quieter and reduces thermal emission.
Its angular design makes it 50 times harder to detect on radar than a standard destroyer, according to Chris Johnson, a spokesman for Naval Sea Systems Command.
For more on the USS Zumwalt, which is due to hit the high seas next spring, sail on over to Defense News.
Perhaps during a starch-induced coma last Thanksgiving you dreamt of a 6-ton potato. Turns out, it’s real, and it’s making the way around the country on a big rig courtesy of Idaho® Potato.
Unfortunately, though, this spud ain’t real, but is sure is fun to gawk at. Made of steel, plywood, foam and concrete, the giant Russet was built to raise awareness for Meals on Wheels.
Fun fact: If it WERE real, it would supply roughly 30,325 servings of mashed potatoes – give or a take a few ravenous farmers. Check out the behind-the-scenes video to see how the Great Idea Potato was made.