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Friday, August 29, 2014 3:39 PM  RssIcon

The oil industry is booming with Hamilton and Frank’s International on the pipelines.

A world leader in oilfield services, Frank’s chose us to build a 25-foot-long trailer to haul diesel and hydraulic hammers. They’re used to drive pipe into the ground as the first stage of new oil well installations.

“Because the hammers are longer than they are wide, we couldn’t load them onto forklifts to carry them into the maintenance area of the workshop bay,” said Ray Barrileaux, assistant operations manager at Frank’s International.

While the company builds a brand-new facility, it currently operates in a temporary shop with height restrictions. Our extra-long trailer bypasses those height constraints by carting hammers in and out of the work bay.

“We weren’t about to let a few low ceilings sink our operation,” said Barrileaux. “With Hamilton’s help, we’re able to help our customers keep the oil flowing.”

Tech Specs

  • All steel, caster-steer trailer
  • Size: 72” wide by 300” long with 18” deck height
  • Load capacity: 40,000 pounds
  • Running gear: Two dual-wheel swivel casters with 12” by 4” Superlast polyurethane wheels; four dual-mounted, 15” by 9” press-on polyurethane wheels
  • Eight lashing rings evenly spaced along each frame
  • Loop-type towing tongue

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:13 PM  RssIcon

With some 20,000 caster variations, it’s no wonder we don’t have 2D and 3D models available for our entire line. But we’ll make it up to you by sending a rendering of ANY caster to your inbox in 24 hours or less.

It’s easy. Visit our Product Finder page and fill out your exact specifications.

Choose from details like load capacity and mounting height, down to nitty-gritty features like temperature, floor protection or noise reduction. Next, select a caster and hit “view 3D.”

If there’s no model, just enter your email, grab a Twix and watch your inbox. We’ll whip one up, and send it right over to you.

We don’t put our renderings out of thin air, either. Julie Johnson is one of our engineering team members who’s been cranking them out daily since 2008.

“It might sound cliché, but I love helping people and surprising them when we send them exactly what they need way faster than they expected,” said Johnson. “We guarantee a rendering in 24 hours, but we often deliver in a few hours or less.”

Need a caster rendering in a pinch? See our 2D and 3D model page, or email

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:10 PM  RssIcon

We don’t build bridges, but our casters play a key role in their construction at the factory level. That’s why they fascinate us, especially ones that seem to defy gravity.

Here’s the scoop behind some of the world’s most incredible bridges:

The Second Penang Bridge – Southeast Asia

On a good day, it takes drivers more than 20 minutes to cross South China’s 15-mile-long bridge. To construct it, engineers bored steel piles more than 400 feet into the sea. As for the bridge’s signature curvy looks? “To prevent drivers from getting drowsy, discourage speeding and improve road concentration,” said construction director Hamizol Ngah.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge - England

It seems plucked from a galaxy far, far away. Locals call it the “Blinking Eye Bridge” because of its titled appearance when it opens 40 degrees to allow boats to pass through. But the coolest detail? During construction in 2000, the world’s largest floating crane, the Asian Hercules II, lifted the entire bridge into place in one piece.

Baakenhafen Bridge – Hamburg, Germany

Since opening in August 2013, this German landmark has won just about every engineering award in Europe. Its sleek and curved orthotropic deck, supports weight and helps contribute to the bridge’s overall load-bearing capacity. What’s more, a 98-foot-wide block in the middle can be removed to accommodate über-tall ships that need to pass through. Das genius!

For more architectural wonders, sail on over to Gizmodo.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:58 PM  RssIcon

Lumberjacks are becoming extinct. Watch this machine turn a 30-foot-tall spruce into sawdust in seconds, and you’ll understand why.

Manufactured by Canada’s Denis Cimaf, the excavator mulcher clears out brush in a hurry – from roadside pruning to making way for a new Costco.

And while it doesn’t run on casters, you’ll find Hamilton inside similar factories that manufacture heavy-duty lumber equipment.

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Monday, August 25, 2014 2:56 PM  RssIcon

At some point in your life a Type A boss has told you to multitask to get more done. But instead of turning you into a productivity ninja, studies show that multitasking is giant waste of time.

“For tasks that are at all complicated, no matter how good you have become at multitasking, you’re still going to suffer hits against your performance. You will be worse compared to if you were actually concentrating from start to finish on the task,” said David Meyer, scientist at the University of Michigan.

Concentrating on a single task at one time isn’t the only way to boost productivity, either. Because our brains can only focus for a limited amount of time, experts recommend working in chunks.

Here’s what else you might try to be more productive:

  • Reward yourself! Check your fantasy football scores AFTER you’ve wrapped up that PowerPoint presentation.
  • Get away. Too many distractions at the office? Take a walk outside, or find a nice cubby to call your own while you bang out a few sales calls.
  • Music to “zone out” to. This might come down to personal preference, but loud music with heavy lyrics can become a distraction. Instead, try to find tunes that relax and fade into the background.

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