Thursday, December 15, 2016 4:28 PM  RssIcon

Call ‘em hot wheels for work. Call ‘em casters that won’t cook. Whatever you call ‘em, one thing’s for sure: these babies stay cool under pressure.

Hamilton is proud to introduce our new line of high-heat casters and wheels. Built tough to withstand the rigors of extreme temps, they’re ideal for rolling anywhere you want to beat the heat—especially in autoclaves, product finish systems, food manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, where heat treating and coating is increasingly becoming the norm.

“We’re pretty excited about this series. Not everyone realizes that most conventional casters aren’t built to withstand very high heat,” explained Hamilton Vice President of Marketing Mark Lippert. “In the past, we’ve offered high-temperature wheels and casters to our customers on demand. As high-heat becomes more and more part of everyday manufacturing, we now have an extensive line to make it even easier to get what you need.”

To help you understand each offering’s singularly scorching charms, here are some highlights:

Stainless Steel Caster featuring New Ultratherm™ Wheel #S-HSTL-4HWRB

High Heat Non-Metallic Wheels

Our High Heat Non-Metallic Wheels offer a range of high-heat options to light your fire, from the everyday generalist Thermolast™ to the uber premium Ultratherm™. These wheels come in a variety of diameters and are temperature rated between 475 and 570 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thermolast™ Wheels

  • The affordable generalist
  • Temp ratings up to 475 degrees F
  • Rated up to 1,400 pounds
  • Injection molded 33% Glass Fiber Reinforced, Heat Stabilized Nylon 6/6
  • Double the strength & stiffness of unreinforced nylons (27,000 psi)
  • Superior abrasion and wear resistance
  • Great for autoclaves

Duratherm™ Wheels

  • The premium version of Thermolast™, with a higher-end precision ball bearing
  • Certified especially for the food industry
  • Resistant to water, acids, chemicals and most solvents
  • Temperature rating up to 530 degrees F

Noiseless Ultratherm™ Wheels

  • The crème de la crème of high-heat wheels
  • Roll silently, so they’re easy on the ears
  • Made of high-heat elastic rubber, so they protect floors beautifully
  • Temperature rating up to 570 degrees F
  • Features maintenance-free precision ball bearings
  • Wheel size: 4”. Note: We also offer an Inferno series (see below) high heal dual wheel casters with Noiseless Ultratherm™ wheels to offer you double capacity. So you can safely move a 2,000-pound load without damaging your floors in 570 degree temperatures.

Inferno™ Wheels

Direct from Hades, our Inferno™ Series wheels come with special high-heat stainless steel precision ball bearings rated up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit.

Inferno™ and MagmaMax™ Casters

Stainless Workhorse featuring New Thermolast™ Wheel #S-WHS-6HNY

Is it just us or is it getting warm in here?

In the high-heat caster arena, it’s a veritable heat wave of choices that cater to every capacity—from a mere 150 pounds all the way up to a whopping 9,000 pounds of crushing force. Our Inferno™ casters come in light-, medium-, and heavy-duty, while we’ve saved the heaviest payload for a category all its own: our MagmaMax™ extra heavy-duty casters.

Got a fever for high-heat wheels and casters? Contact Jim Lippert for the cure.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 3:57 PM  RssIcon

In our never-ending quest to move loads as safely as possible, Hamilton now offers custom e-Power Cart Solutions. With a payload capacity range from 2,000 to 100,000 lbs., our motorized carts can help eliminate all manual operations to get the job done safer and more efficiently.

Research from the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety shows that push/pull forces in excess of as little as 35 pounds can contribute to musculoskeletal workplace injuries. Powered carts can help you move heavy payloads while achieving your ergonomic and performance goals. Here’s how you can benefit:

  • Reduce employee injuries from strain and fatigue
  • Safely transport materials through production
  • Improve your ergonomic footprint
  • Boost employee morale and productivity
  • Increase your bottom line

Keep work zones forklift free
Especially handy for when you’ve exhausted all manual transport options for heavy loads, powered carts offer easy maneuverability in tight spaces. Many carts can pivot from the center point, making rotating cargo in tight spaces a snap. Motorized carts are also ideal for moving stock that final distance from trailer trains to the assembly line. There’s no need to transfer materials from a warehouse trailer to a smaller conveyance for manual handling. No need to use a forklift for lateral transport. The powered cart does it all.

A flexible workhorse
Take the unique dual-purpose trailer featured in the photo (above?). It can tow heavy loads long distances as a conventional trailer as well as maneuver cargo into final position for production. Since anyone can position the loaded trailer without additional help, powered carts can be a safer, more versatile and more economical choice in the long run when every minute counts on production floors.

Operating the powered trailer is easy. The drive wheels automatically retract when you lower the towing tongue to enable safe and easy transport. Raise the tongue for manual maneuvering and the wheels come down, ready for powered movement.

The cart comes with running gear to expedite manual operation, such as when you need to quickly align empty trailers for towing. It features 12” Hamilton Ergo-Glide Polyurethane wheels to minimize rolling friction and maintenance-free front Spinfinity casters with 8” x 3” Swivel-EAZ® wheels. With a spacious 36” x 72” deck, the cart can tow up to two tons of precious cargo. The CP00070 wishbone and companion CP00120 pintle hitch provide safe and practical towing.

The electric drive unit is variable speed, retractable for towing, and has intuitive hand controls with a back-up safety brake, horn, and battery level indicator. On/off switches are keyed for controlled access, while rechargeable batteries offer hours of manual operation.

Got a custom job that needs a power tow from Hamilton carts and trailers? Lay your specs on us here.

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Monday, December 12, 2016 4:29 PM  RssIcon

Whether you voted red, blue, green or gold this election, there’s one thing we can all celebrate: American-made products and services (hello, Hamilton). In fact, the U.S. currently gets a higher ROI by investing in manufacturing than we do any other American sector*. Here are five fun facts to give you a boost of patriotic pride.


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Sunday, December 11, 2016 4:28 PM  RssIcon

Is it a car? Is it a robot? It’s both – and soon it could be street legal, too. Turkish company Letvision has created a real-life Transformer that morphs from a BMW 3 Series coupe into a cyborg in about a minute.

It took 12 engineers and four supporting technicians eight months to complete the prototype called Letrons. Fully equipped with a power system to manage energy distribution, Letrons can speak and move its head, neck, wrists, arms and kinetic fingers. While the electric car is only drivable via remote control so far, its creators claim it can be certified roadworthy after further development.

Want it under your tree in time for Christmas? Letrons is for sale. Sort of. You’ll need to tell the makers how you plan to use it first.

Maybe your kids can help you write the letter to Santa...

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Attitude of gratitude

Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:24 PM  RssIcon

This time of year, we can’t help but get a little choked up. Not because our pants are too tight, but because we’ve got a lot to be thankful for. Hamilton has been a family-run business for more than 100 years, and we try to operate like a family should: work shoulder-to-shoulder, always have each other’s backs and never take ourselves too seriously.

Blender 3D rendering created by Jevon Lambright, Hamilton Design Engineer

Here are some of the things we’re especially grateful for this holiday season:

That there are no more election commercials. —Mikhaela Renner, Marketing Coordinator

That little arrow that tells me where the gas tank is. —Sean Treglia, Outside Sales

That my wife only dragged me to one store on Thanksgiving Night. —Joe Ford, Inside Sales Engineer

Grateful to whoever figured out that you can ferment grapes … so much better than raisins —Janet Jeffries, Production Scheduling

That mini roller coaster feeling you get when driving through hills. -Tom Raley, Systems Administrator

Finding old family recipes that turn out just like you remembered. —Marty Wilson, Outside Sales

That I was able to successfully “catch” my second daughter when she was born in the car on our way to the hospital in 1987. She’s now an Emergency Medicine Resident Physician, by the way. —Dave Lippert, President

From our Hamilton Caster Family to Yours, We Wish You All a Very Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for a Prosperous New Year!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 8:55 AM  RssIcon

In the world of heavy-duty manufacturing, bigger is beautiful. But it’s what’s inside that really counts. Especially when you put your heart and soul into the craftsmanship of your product—like we do every day here at Hamilton.

So once in a while, we like to pause and provide a rare peak inside the brains behind the beauty. This time, it’s about a product that’s been in high demand lately: our Ultra Maxi-Duty (UMD) Casters—the highest capacity production caster series on the market.

The UMD caster pictured above was recently optioned out to a customer with press on polyurethane wheels, four-position swivel lock and heavy-duty contact brake.

With a load rating up to 40,000 pounds per caster, these whirling workhorses can tow a planet of crushing cargo without breaking a sweat. They’re ideal for extreme load applications that roll through shipbuilding, military and aerospace manufacturing.

But to really understand how this caster crushes all capacity limits, you need to go deep.

Behold the UMD in all its cross-section glory:

To manufacture the most durable super-capacity casters possible, our engineers cleaned the slate to go above and beyond basic requirements. The mounting plate is an immense 14” x 14” and 1” thick. But the true innovation can be found in two massive precision thrust ball bearings. The 13”-diameter bearing boasts an impressive 234,000 pound load rating, while the second 7”-diameter one is rated at a comfortable 100,000 pounds. A third highly specialized four-point contact bearing completes the awesome assembly, making easy swiveling under extreme load a joyride.

Whereas it usually takes eight or more casters to move colossal loads, it only takes four UMD casters. That makes your job simpler and reduces maintenance costs. You can save the time of requesting a custom-designed caster and select from the UMD’s comprehensive, “build-ready” series.

Ready to throw your weight around? Hamilton is here to catch you with all the UMD product details.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 8:54 AM  RssIcon

You know we can’t resist anything that rolls. #wheelsrule

When a Fortune 1000 company needed custom trailers for their new four million square foot facility, Hamilton engineers were ready to roll with a solution.

After sizing many different decks to suit the customer’s needs, we designed a roller trailer to transfer palletized goods on and off the deck safely and securely along the production line, making it easier than ever for workers to load/offload product from assembly to either warehousing or shipping. Removable side rails allow manual access via forklift, if necessary.

“Moving away from forklifts has been a growing safety trend in manufacturing plants,” said Dave Lippert, President.” One way to move materials smartly and safely without forklifts is with a properly designed trailer like this one.”

It’s nice to have options, though. So this trailer includes removable side rails for manual access via forklift, if necessary.

With two rows of rollers arranged lengthwise on the trailer frame, the deck features removable rear-end stops and fixed front end stops (one set for each roller lane) to secure product in place during travel. For added stability, ZB style foot activated brakes on both front wheels ensure precious cargo doesn’t slide anywhere it isn’t intended.

Tech Specs

  • Capacity: 3,500 pounds
  • Frame Size: 84" wide X 156" long
  • Useable Deck Space: 81-1/4" wide X 156" long
  • Roller Deck Height: 18"
  • Deck Material: 2 rows of rollers arranged length wise on the trailer frame
  • Steering Type: Single 5th wheel style
  • Running Gear: (4) 10" diameter X 2-1/2" wide Duralast® polyurethane wheels with tapered bearings. Each front wheel equipped with ZB style foot activated brake
  • Front coupler: Tongue with towing eye
  • Moveable rails on each side of deck, approximately 12” above top of rollers
  • (2) permanently attached, full width "U" shaped load stops on front of cart, approximately 12” above top of rollers
  • (2) removable "U" shaped load stops at rear of cart the trailer, approximately 12” above top of rollers
  • Color: Safety Blue

Visit to see more custom trucks.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 8:53 AM  RssIcon

When Og invented the wheel, he probably wasn’t thinking about the hassles of airport travel. But the brains behind this smart suitcase were.

Meet the Cowarobot R1, a motorized carry-on that brings new meaning to the term “travel buddy.” Like man’s best friend, it follows you faithfully at arm’s length wherever you go—no hands required—by tracking your movement through a wristband you can customize via smartphone app. It also doubles as a portable USB charger for your smartphone or tablet.

Thanks to the suitcase’s all-terrain retractable wheels, which work similar to aircraft landing gear. An inbound motor propels the suitcase forward, it has a follow rate of up to 4.5 mph and can climb slopes up to 15 degrees. Multiple sensors keep it from slamming into stuff or toppling down stairs. Plus, its built-in GPS not only helps you find it if it gets lost; it can also find you—rolling to you from across the room up to 164 feet away. Here, boy!

Once again, further proof that wheels make everything better.

COWAROBOT R1: The First Robotic Suitcase from COWA ROBOT on Vimeo.

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Monday, October 24, 2016 8:51 AM  RssIcon

There’s nothing we love more than geeking out on feats of engineering. So when we came across this mind-blowing marvel online, we just had to share it.

It’s what’s believed to be the smallest fully functioning W32 engine in the world. Assembled from scratch and built to precise scale by a retired Spanish naval mechanic named José Manuel Hermo Barreiro, this tiny monster of epic beauty runs on compressed air and boasts 850 pieces, 650 screws and took Barreiro 2,520 hours to complete. The crankshaft alone could fit in your palm.

Barreiro, who has been impressing modelers and gear heads on the Internet for years with his small-scale precision engines (including the world’s smallest V-12), uses nothing more than pencil, ruler and graph paper to construct his blueprints before hand-crafting each piece.

Watch its mini-pistons pump away. The engine runs so smoothly, you can balance four coins on it (Yup, minute 1:10)

We’ve officially reached engine nirvana.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016 8:50 AM  RssIcon

In the world of giant pumpkins, there’s big, bigger, and—in the case of this ultimate pumpkin royale—there’s Jurassic sized.

Every fall, giant gourd growers come to do battle for the title of heaviest pumpkin at the All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Topsfield, MA. This year’s champion squashed all records with his pumpkin weighing in at 2,075 pounds. That’s a far cry from when the contest debuted in 1984 with a 433-pound winner. Today, a pumpkin has to pass the ton mark to be a true contender, and winners are typically the size of a smart car.

Good thing we’ve got plenty of Hamilton trailers to haul that load.

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