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Friday, November 20, 2015 8:43 AM  RssIcon

They may look run-of-the-mill, but these mold-on rubber tired wheels have one very special job: to ensure nothing comes between you and a juicy bird this Thanksgiving.

Bob’s Turkey Farm relies on Hamilton to dish out more than 10,000 turkeys during its busiest time of the year.

After being slaughtered and cleaned, the birds are loaded into a 350-gallon chill tank and kept on ice for three days to develop texture and flavor. Each four-wheeled tank, which weighs approximately 1,000 pounds fully loaded, holds roughly 65 turkeys.

From ice bath to pot pie

Following the ice bath, the turkeys head to a processing facility where they’re deboned and transformed into everything from meatballs to pot-pie fillings and classic ready-to-roast (or fry) turkeys.

Not ones to let anything go to waste, the farm uses the bones to cook homemade gravy, which hungry pilgrims guzzle down 3,000 quarts of every holiday season.

Bob’s daughter, Sue, says Hamilton’s dependable wheels provide more than enough load capacity, roll easily, and resist certain “fluids” that are pressure-washed off at the end of every day.

We’re thankful that a great family-owned company like Bob’s Turkey Farm chose Hamilton, and we wish them a wonderful Thanksgiving. Though, they’ll work straight through the holiday to prepare for the Christmas blitz.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 4:53 PM  RssIcon

To remedy a Texas hospital’s flat-lining trailers, Hamilton prescribed a heavy dose of aluminum and crafty engineering.

Two custom all-aluminum trailers tote food-service carts around the institution’s campus. They replace crumbling rigs you’d expect to find at a dilapidated theme park.

Each trailer features five parking spots to lock the food carts in place during travel, two drop-down loading ramps, and a roof to protect against the elements.

Why aluminum? According to truck designer Jake Eichold, it’s all about mobility and sparing added expenses.

“These trailers travel 15 mph,” said Eichold. “Aluminum is significantly lighter than steel, so they didn’t need to purchase more powerful towing equipment.”

Low deck. Tall order.

Meeting the customer’s demand for a 13-inch deck height presented a unique challenge.

“Anything over 13 inches, and the ramps would be too steep for workers to push the food carts up onto the trailer,” he said. “The issue here was that if we mounted the wheels in line with the deck, they would increase the trailer’s height.”

Instead, Jake and his team built two upper decks to house the 16-inch pneumatic wheels.

“This kept the deck low,” he said. “And we avoided the engineering nightmare of mounting the wheels outside the frame, and trying to link them with the steering system.”

Tech specs

  • Capacity: 2,500 lbs.
  • Deck size: 79" wide by 164"
  • Deck material: Aluminum diamond plate
  • Deck height: 13"
  • Steering type: four-wheel auto style - drop deck
  • Running gear: solid pneumatic with tapered bearings - 15 mph max
  • Superstructure: 40" tall aluminum sides with aluminum floor on drop deck frame; five individual parking spots separated by partial panels for positioning food service carts; two 33" wide ramps on 1 side; limited storage areas over the front and rear wheel areas; full-coverage roof
  • Couplers: front ball
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Monday, November 16, 2015 4:44 PM  RssIcon

By day, Lee Burroughs whips Hamilton into lean shape by reducing manufacturing waste and inefficiency.

By night, the lean manager morphs into our official brewmaster and whips up craft beer the Hamilton way: with a little elbow grease, and a whole lot of American-grown hops.

He’s been home brewing since his college days in the 80s, when the only way to snag a decent craft beer was a) flee to Canada or b) make it yourself.

Lucky for us, he chose the latter.

“Home brewing is huge right now,” said Burroughs. “You can buy whole kits. But back then, you had to be creative.”

He borrowed flasks from the school’s chemistry lab. He bought hops wherever he could find them. And the hardware store became his second home.

“It became my passion,” he said. “The first few batches were pretty funky. Fortunately I’ve gotten much better over the years.”

Tough as Pales IPA: official beer of Hamilton

Lee’s home basement doubles as his laboratory. It’s tricked out with all the brewing essentials – from kettles to wort chillers, fermenting equipment and specialty malts.

While he brews about five batches every year, he’s most proud of his recent formulation: Tough as Pales IPA.

“If Hamilton Caster had an official beer, this would be it,” he said.

Tough as Pales IPA represents Hamilton down to the very last drop. It’s red and brewed with pure American hops. Like our casters, it’s strong – 8% alcohol – and crafted by hand. The flavor? Punchy. Intense. Full-bodied. And long lasting, of course. It’s Hamilton Caster in a bottle.

We apologize for the extreme cravings this story may have triggered. Want to talk home brewing with Lee? Send him an email. Cheers!

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Sunday, November 15, 2015 4:26 PM  RssIcon

Reason #482 why Hamilton builds the toughest casters on the planet? Many of our employees are battle hardened – literally. From the factory to the front office, military veterans make up 20 percent of company.

We’re honored to share some of their stories this Veterans Day:

Dave Lippert, Hamilton’s president trained fighter pilots during his stint with the United States Air Force.

Paul Maxwell, a caster assembler served in the United States Army. His tour of Vietnam lasted exactly 365 days.

Jim Lippert, vice president of sales is a retired Army officer. When selling gets tough, he leans on his experience leading troops in the Armored Division.

Jeff Spektor, chief engineer of casters served in the Soviet Army before immigrating to America.

Back row (left to right): Dave Lippert, Steve Lippert, Ben Sweggert, Paul Maxwell, Mark Lewis, Charles Adelsperger, Jeff Spektor, Jim Lippert
Front row: Joe Ford, Tom Gay, Justin Burns, Calvin Dees

Tom Gay, a caster wheel cell technician and former Navy sailor spent years underwater on a nuclear submarine.

Justin Burns, a truck metal fabricator, served in the United States Army and put his life on the line during multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ben Swegert, a machine shop technician, currently serves in the United States Marines Reserves. His phone is always on, should duty call.

Steve Lippert, executive vice president. A retired officer in the United States Army, he used his gift of gab to recruit soldiers.

We’re proud of our veterans, including the ones not featured in this story. And to all the veterans out there, we thank you for your service.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 4:21 PM  RssIcon

The humble cardboard box can ship casters from Hamilton to Boise, and one day it may help you make the trip, too.

Meet the Origami Car. A full-size, drivable Lexus IS built with your discarded Amazon boxes.

The luxury automaker partnered with LaserCut Works and Scales and Models to create the literal box car.

In total, 1,700 cardboard sheets glued together by hand make up the sedan. Fully functional doors, rolling wheels, a gear stick – everything but the aluminum and steel frame, electric motor and LED headlights is cardboard.

We love the stylish looks. As for its durability? We’re going to guess you won’t find this ride atop Consumer Reports’ safety ratings:

Watch the video below to see the making of the Origami Car:

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 3:31 PM  RssIcon

Hamilton Caster is pleased to announce the release of a new polyurethane tread wheel series: DuraGlide.

DuraGlide wheels roll up to 40% easier than most other polyurethanes, perform well at higher speeds, and represent Hamilton’s top-performing poly for moist and outdoor applications.

Designed for extra-heavy loads, the new wheel features a 1-inch thick tread of dynamically responsive polyurethane molded to a heavy-duty cast iron core.

Because heat buildup is the number one reason most poly wheels fail, Hamilton engineers specially formulated DuraGlide to run much cooler than other models. The thicker 1” tread also reduces heat stress on the bond line, and lowers the internal forces of the material.

Resists damaging UV rays and moisture

For popular outdoor applications, DuraGlide features a superior resistance to the sun’s damaging UV rays. And, it’s virtually impervious to moisture.

On the inside, a new thick-tread profile provides less stress fatigue, which results in a wheel that outlasts and outperforms other similar polyurethane models.

A lower cost alternative to Hamilton’s premium Super Ultralast® wheels, DuraGlide wheels are well suited for applications in heavy manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, military, ground support and food manufacturing.

Guaranteed for 3 years – maintenance free

Now available in the majority of Hamilton’s forged steel, heavy-duty casters, DuraGlide wheels also qualify for our industry-leading, three year warranty.

They’re available in various sizes including 6, 8, 10, and 12-inch diameters with load capacities ranging from 1,600 – 8,000 pounds per wheel. Most sizes ship 24-48 hours with Hamilton’s PRONTO® shipping.

DuraGlide features maintenance-free, double sealed precision ball bearings standard. Available optionally: tapered roller bearings, straight/needle-type, or even plain shaft with keyways for drive applications.

For unique applications, we can mold DuraGlide’s dynamic poly to other cast iron, forged steel or aluminum centers to finished sizes ranging from 3.5 to 25-inch diameters.

Visit the DuraGlide product page for additional specs and information.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 3:12 PM  RssIcon

Are your social media streams filled with questionable selfies, pumpkin spice lattes and politics-fueled rants? We feel your pain. Let Hamilton be your social salvation.

We’re now live on all the platforms you use, and maybe a few you don’t.

Follow us and we’ll update you on our latest products and innovations, new applications, the world’s largest stuff, and heavy industry tech. Plus, pictures from our casters working hard in the field.

Like these Champion casters, currently tasked with moving the Apollo Lunar Module while the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum undergoes construction.

So go ahead. Hit the “like,” subscribe, follow, or whatever buttons, and put the toughest casters on the planet right in your news feed. And keep an eye on your inbox next month for an upcoming promotion that involves our social media fans. (Not on our email list? Subscribe here.)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 2:57 PM  RssIcon

They might be the undisputed titans of the sea, but it’s difficult to tell just how ginormous aircraft carriers are unless you’re standing right next to one. Or, in the case of the first picture below, peering down at a Nimitz-class supercarrier from a helicopter.

Hope you aren’t afraid of heights

A winch operation – lowering troops onto the ship via helicopter – made for one heck of a shot. If you look closely enough, you can spot the dangling shipmen. Not visible? The Hamilton casters that help maneuver airplanes. Source: Imgur

Downtown takeover

The open sea doesn’t do much for perspective. But when a 1,092-foot supercarrier brushes up next to a city (Norfolk, Virginia), you get the picture. We did the math: That’s about four city blocks. Source: Imgur

Too big to dock

The USS Theodore Roosevelt is longer than the Chrysler Building is tall, which meant that this floating city couldn’t quite squeeze into the Royal Navy’s Portsmouth shipyard in England. Source: Daily Mail

Bonus: one-in-a-million shot

Forget about scale, this shot is majestic. A dual Chilean Air Force/U.S. Naval operation gave this photographer the shot of a lifetime as multinational jet fighters flew in formation by the USS George Washington. Source: Gizmodo

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Monday, October 26, 2015 2:44 PM  RssIcon

Perhaps it was the Tonka toys we played with as kids, or maybe the casters we build for construction juggernauts, but we can’t stop watching this footage of the world’s largest dump trucks.

Visit YouTube channel “Awesome Earthmovers” for a heavy dose of videos just like this:

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Sunday, October 25, 2015 2:36 PM  RssIcon

We might be a few decades away from seeing humans land on Mars, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to speculate over which space organization will be the first to put boots on the red soil.

Popular Mechanics asked Raphael Esparza, one of the top handicappers in the sports betting industry, who has the best chance.

The results? At 5:1, SpaceX has the current lead, he said, citing funds and Elon Musk’s burning desire to get there.

No surprise, at number two (80:1) is NASA, which is already developing the Space Launch System to propel the Orion spacecraft to Mars. "If it weren't for the budget cuts, NASA would be the favorite,” he said.

Side note: If the name Orion sounds familiar (no, not the constellation), it’s because Hamilton built a custom circular dolly to help NASA test launch the capsule here on Earth.

Other candidates include China, the European Space Agency, Russia and the Mars Society, a volunteer/non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to put humans on Mars.

While we’re excited about the competition and the number of players in the space race, odds are the first mission to Mars will likely be a collaborative effort. And in our book, that’s a win for everyone.

Source: Engadget

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