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Monday, July 27, 2015 8:59 AM  RssIcon

Your daughter can’t make it to Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza or another mega music festival? Tell her to hold the tears. Moose Media’s new innovation – a motorized, remote-controlled camera dolly on casters – will help make her dorm room the best seat in the house.

The dolly runs on Hamilton’s high-performance nylon track wheels right in front of the stage, where it will capture all the action live for viewers streaming concerts online.

But unlike traditional cameras that require two operators – one to aim it and another to push it – Moose Media’s dolly keeps a low profile.

We can’t get into the specifics of how it’s wired (trade secrets), but smart engineering allows a single operator to control the dolly from a booth or bus away from the stage.

By running on Hamilton’s nylon track wheels, the dolly makes for a better, smoother picture. And one without sweaty camera dudes blocking the show.

Olympian aspirations

Concerts aren’t the only place you’ll find the dolly.

“We’re green lit for anything from TV shows to movies and even the Olympics,” said Ryan Elliott, owner of Moose Media Camera Cranes. “It can hit speeds up to 80 mph, so it’s perfect for races and high-octane shots.”

Elliott said Hamilton’s track wheels are critical for getting the perfect shot.

“We don’t have to worry about hitting snags, or wear spots that could make for a jagged, bumpy picture,” he said. “My engineering partner, Mike Pusatere, and I tested the dolly on carpet and it was still smooth as ice.”

The camera is set to make its debut later this summer. Until then, share this story with Jenny and you’ll be, like, the coolest parent ever.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015 8:57 AM  RssIcon

Most get the chills thinking about being sent to Siberia. But we’re pumped.

Built for an oil and gas application off the icy shores of Russia, our new transformer-like trailer morphs into a new form depending on the size of power turbine it’s hauling.

“Russia? That’s a first for us,” said Jevon Lambright, a Hamilton truck designer. “But what made this job even more unique is how the trailer changes based on the load.”

Mighty morphing trailer

“We designed the trailer to carry two turbines of very different sizes,” said Lambright. “Each load uses a separate fixture that bolts on and easily swaps out.”

Or, pops off entirely, which gives the manufacturer a blank canvas to tote up to 25,000 pounds of anything under the Siberian sun.

For added stability and weight distribution, we spec’d running gear with oscillating wheel sets. That means all eight rubber-tired wheels touch the ground at once, so bumps or uneven surfaces won’t damage the load or tilt the trailer.

A special, patriotic request

While customers often request certain features like color or welding type, this manufacturer’s demand had our whole team smiling.

“They said the trailer MUST use all U.S. steel,” said Bob Latimer, Hamilton’s truck team leader. “Why? They didn’t want Chinese.”

Of course, we were happy to oblige. We’d never use foreign steel. Go USA.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015 8:54 AM  RssIcon

A 3D printer can build just about anything. Pizza. Drones. Lightsabers. And now, an entire office building.

In Dubai, a 2,000 square-foot building will be forged layer by layer with a 20-foot tall 3D printer. A mixture of concrete, gypsum and plastic will make up everything from the office’s shell to its swanky chairs.

According to a statement by the United Arab Emirates, 3D printing technology could cut building time and labor costs in half, and trim construction waste by 30 to 60 percent.

The 3D-printed office will be the first of its kind. As for when it will be move-in ready? Don’t hold your breath. No details are yet available on timeline – or cost.

Until then, we’ll be tinkering with our in-house 3D printer. Don’t worry, we have no plans to spit out casters with it. Right now, its main use is to amuse the techies in our engineering department, and build cart models for trade shows.


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Friday, July 24, 2015 8:50 AM  RssIcon

When we talk cars, usually it’s about new pick-ups zipping through the assembly line on Hamilton casters. But when eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and a Prius combine for what’s likely the most expensive fender bender of all time, you bet we’re sharing it.

The crash happened on an expressway in Japan where about 20 super cars were convoying to a gathering in Hiroshima. The culprit? Wet pavement, and – surprise – an overzealous driver and speeding.

The pile-up stretched for a quarter mile with mangled Italian metal strewn about the highway. No serious injuries were reported except for a few bruised egos. See more photos at Heavy Hitters Mag.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 8:43 AM  RssIcon

It might look like a medieval torture device on wheels, but this Walt Disney World rig ensures no rollercoaster riders lose a limb.

Called the “Envelope of Protection,” it travels slowly and under careful eye around tracks to simulate a person’s furthest possible reach (see video). So when little Jonny inevitably rebels against the rules “please keep all hands inside the ride at all times,” he won’t lose any digits – or worse.

It’s how the park knows exactly where to place signs, structural beams, speakers and even Mickey Mouse ears (usually about 12 feet from the coaster).

Although this device might look primitive and freaky, not all theme parks use the same design. The photo here, a more modern one made for the type of coaster you’d find at your nearest theme park.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 7:30 AM  RssIcon

Hamilton Caster is proud to introduce Spinfinity™ - a new line of heavy duty maintenance-free casters. Incorporated into the swivel kingpinless construction is special cnc-machining to host a large internal seal. The seal is made from Nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) and is completely enclosed inside the swivel assembly. With no outside exposure, the swivel assembly is well suited to keep grease in and contaminants out.

As is customary with Hamilton, the Spinfinity casters boast extra thick forgings and proven kingpinless swivel technology for superior durability over the life of the casters. The top plate and inner raceway are one forged steel piece, not a weldment, providing unmatched strength for shock conditions. The raceways are CNC-machined and then hardened to a uniform depth. These processes assure a smoothly swiveling caster under heavy loads. All of this adds up to Spinfinity® carrying the industry’s best three-year product warranty.

“The grease fittings are gone!” explained Jeff Spektor, the lead designer of Spinfinity. “With the permanent seals in the swivel raceway and the wheel hub, grease fittings are no longer required.”

The benefits of the Spinfinity casters are also in direct alignment with Hamilton’s own lean principles employed throughout their manufacturing operations. “With Spinfinity casters now available, time spent maintaining casters is actually waste”, remarked Dave Lippert, Hamilton’s President. “Maintenance can now spend time on other equipment to support manufacturing uptime and other value-add activities. Any equipment that is reliable and maintenance-free supports lean principles.” And there is no more bending and twisting to lubricate hard to reach casters and wheels.

Like all Hamilton forged steel casters, the new Spinfinity Maintenance-Free casters are manufactured in Hamilton, Ohio USA and stocked for PRONTO® Same Day or Next Day Shipment. The Spinfinity lineup is offered in three popular heavy duty series:

  • The ZFWH Series features 2” wide wheels, the industry’s most popular 4”x5” mounting plate, and is rated up to 2500 lbs. per caster.
  • The ZFHS Series also features 2” wide wheels but with a larger 4-1/2” x 6-1/4” mounting plate and carries up to 3000 lbs. per caster making this the highest rated maintenance-free kingpinless caster in its class.
  • The ZFFM Series rounds out the Spinfinity lineup and offers 3” wide wheels with the same 4-1/2” x 6-1/4” mounting plate and is rated up to 3200 lbs. per caster.

All Spinfinity™ Series casters are finished in red crimson and wheel bearings are exclusively double sealed precision ball bearings. Select from ten different wheel choices and in-stock swivel lock and brake options.

Get tech specs, features, capacities and more on our Spinfinity series landing page. For more information on Hamilton’s new maintenance-free, kingpinless line, email or call us at 888-699-7164.

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Monday, June 29, 2015 3:43 PM  RssIcon just got a whole lot better – thanks to you. We rolled out our new product page design, which makes finding the right caster and wheel for the job quick and easy.

To do so, Hamilton conducted user studies with our customers. In English, that means we talked to engineers and distributors, and watched their screens while they operated our current website.

We learned what you like – the style, detailed product information and the product finder (once you found it). On the flipside, we heard you loud and clear when you told us it felt crowded, and took a few too many clicks to track down the perfect caster.

Here are some of the new features:

Product finder migrates north

where you can’t miss it. The new version now lives at the top of the page, instead of tucked away on a sidebar. A cleaner, expanded view makes it easy to select features like wheel diameter, floor type and capacity.

Tabbed view won’t torture your eyes.

With hundreds of caster and wheel combinations, our old product selection tables intimidated even the most seasoned reps. A new tabbed design fixes that. Only interested in swivel no-maintenance casters? Hit the swivel tab. Searching for metal wheels with precision bearings? Click the corresponding tab. Your eyes will thank you.

Speedy category view.

You know the job demands super high load capacities, and you want to quickly compare our Super Duty models. Now you can click “open category” to view all casters in a series, sorted by load capacity.

The results of this click-tracking test helped us make more user friendly.

Room to breathe.

Through research, many engineers and caster distributors said our product pages felt "claustrophobic.” The new look lightens things up, without sacrificing critical information like features and specs, mounting plate dimensions and wheel choices. It’s not magic, but better use of space.

There's much more to experience so please explore.! Thanks again for the feedback, and we hope you enjoy the new website. Tell us in the comments, or drop us a line to let us know how we did.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015 3:24 PM  RssIcon

Drum roll, please. We’re proud to share our latest creation: a double, fifth-wheel steer trailer that hauls 80,000-pound mining cutter drums.

Created for LeBus International, our rig helps the heavy manufacturer cut production time, and hike up its plant safety scores.

“We have to deliver on time. It’s what we do, and always will.”

“With Hamilton’s trailer, we only need one fork truck to move the drum from the welding shop to the machine shop,” said Luke Busha, project engineer for LeBus International.

Without our trailer, Busha said it would take multiple fork trucks to carry a load of this size (nearly 24 feet long and 10 feet wide), and numerous personnel – a slower, more dangerous process.

“The more fork trucks and people involved, the higher risk for an accident,” he said. “We have safety protocols in place and we’ve never had an issue, but this is all about minimizing risk – both our team members, and the load itself.”

Delivering ahead of schedule

The new rig also helps Lebus meet aggressive deadlines demanded by some of the world’s biggest mining, aerospace and oil heavyweights.

“We have to deliver on time. It’s what we do, and always will,” said Busha. “It’s critical in this industry. Hamilton helps us cut down on the time it takes to build, which means we can actually surprise our customers with a product faster than expected.”

Does your oversized load or factory productivity need a lift? Talk to a Hamilton carts and trailers expert, or visit for more information.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 3:17 PM  RssIcon

Manufacturing Technology, Inc. just made history by building the world’s largest friction welding machine. It weighs 400,000 pounds and measures and 20-feet tall.

That’s heavier than three M1 Abrams tanks and taller than 272 Baconators stacked high.

The company sold the record-setting equipment to aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney to build fans for commercial and military jumbo jet engines.

What’s friction welding? It’s a joining process that involves vibrating large metal parts at high speeds, and compressing them together until they heat up and fuse. By current manufacturing standards, it creates the strongest possible weld.

Too heavy, too tall to ride: shipping the beast

Getting the machinery from South Bend, Indiana to Middletown, Connecticut was no breezy road trip.

Because of the machine’s enormous size, it required a 19-axle, 200 foot long flatbed truck with a second big rig in the back to push it. What’s more, the journey took 12 days because the rig was too tall to go under most bridges, and too heavy to go over others.

Pratt & Whitney hopes to have the welder up and running by September. According to general manager Greg Treacy, it will double the company’s manufacturing capacity.

We can’t wait to see it in action.

Sources: Manufacturing Technology

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Friday, June 26, 2015 3:09 PM  RssIcon

The world’s first self-driving – and street legal – semi truck just took itself for a spin. Meet the Inspiration, Freightliner’s partially autonomous big rig, which could save lives, eliminate driver fatigue and reduce carbon emissions.

Hop inside the cab to see how this computer-controlled 18 wheeler may soon lug your Amazon packages across America’s open roads:

Source: Fleet Equipment Mag

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