Wednesday, May 31, 2017 11:01 AM  RssIcon

Unless you’ve spent most of 2017 living in a remote cave, you know that fidget spinners are the trendy toy of the moment.

Kids love them. Teachers hate them. But we think they’re awesome—so much so that we supersized one à la the Hamilton Way. It’s a funny story, actually. When we first approached our Lab Technician, Zach Gilbert, with the idea, he pulled out a spinner from his own pocket and replied “You mean one of these things?” It was fate!

Zach quickly teamed up with Hamilton Mechanical Design Engineer Jevon Lambright to whirl into action. They took our standard 6205 ball bearings and scaled the plastic framing way up to match the size of the bearings. Then they produced the Hamilton Spinfidgeter on our own 3D printer. Three prongs center around the circle with bearings in the middle. Flicking one prong produces a spin worthy of waking the dinosaurs.

“Fidget spinners work through torque and friction reduction,” explained Jevon. “When you hit the outer leg, the force applied spins the central bearing, and the three weighted legs keep some torque going due to the initial force input. The only things that stop it from spinning eventually are the friction of air on the spinner and between the balls in the bearing.”

Now all we need is a great name for our spinner. Too bad Spinfinity is already taken for our no-maintenance kingpinless casters. Maybe the Hamilton Spinfidgeter?

UPDATE: The massive colossal spinner is now available for sale. Standing at 7.5” tall and a hefty 1.6 lbs., this spinner may be the largest hand spinner on the market. The spinner is 3D printed in red - made in the USA - and features (4) industrial sealed precision ball bearings – the same bearings we feature in our heavy-duty wheels and casters.

DISCLAIMER: The Colossal spinner is not designed as a real toy but rather a novelty item. Due to its sheer size and weight, the Colossal spinner is not recommended for people with delicate hands or children under the age of 7. Adult supervision recommended.

ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS: Step 1: Click on link below, Step 2: Insert qty and click “Add to cart”, Step 3: Hit the “Checkout” found at bottom of the page”. Step 4: Follow prompts for typical checkout process. Please Note: The Spinfidgeter is not eligible for distributor discounts.

Click here to Purchase the Colossal Spinner

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:00 AM  RssIcon

Every day, companies across the world trust Hamilton carts to tow their precious cargo. That’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly—especially when the haul involves nuclear waste, as is the case with a recent custom job of ours for a massive environmental cleanup commissioned by the Department of Energy (DOE).

These waste carts are being used to help disassemble a massive government nuclear power plant from the 1950s. The carts are carrying heavy pieces of equipment once used in the process of enriching uranium, so it’s critical that disassembly is done properly and safely. Deactivating and decommissioning a facility involves removing hazardous and radioactive materials, verifying that criticality isn’t possible, and de-energizing and disconnecting nonessential systems. In other words, tricky stuff.

The trailer deck also doubles as a work platform while equipment is being loaded atop the trailer. To make sure any towing tongues don’t get in the way while they’re working on equipment, our tongue stows neatly underneath the frame to avoid the trip hazard.

Just another day doing our part to make sure people stay safe and work smart.

Tech specs:

  • Deck Size: 120” W x 240” L
  • Steering: 2-Wheel Auto-Steer
  • Stowaway tongue for added safety
  • Capacity: 35,000 lbs.
  • Trailer Weight: 7,200 lbs.
  • 5 lifting rings on each side of the trailer deck for a total of ten (10).
  • Press on Poly Wheels utilizing tapered roller bearings
  • Color: Platinum Gray
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Monday, May 29, 2017 10:59 AM  RssIcon

We talk a big talk here on the Revolution blog, but the one voice we’d really like to turn up? Yours.

Nothing excites us more than getting new product ideas from our customers. So, as part of our latest innovation initiative, we’re asking for feedback from the people who matter most.

Tell us: How would you like Hamilton to solve tomorrow’s problems with the toughest casters and wheels on the planet? What innovations might you like to see become part of our standard, ready-to-ship offering? We’re excited and ready to make your suggestions reality.

Take our 5-question New Product Survey to share your best product suggestions. As thanks, we’ll give each mastermind behind our five favorite ideas a $100 VISA gift card as well as a Hamilton-sized fidget spinner.

Take the survey now

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Sunday, May 28, 2017 10:59 AM  RssIcon

LA’s famously heinous traffic jams are going down.

At least if this giant robotic worm has anything to say about it.

Meet Angeli, the 400-foot-long Regional Connector Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) currently digging twin tunnels that will connect three of LA’s subway lines and add three more stops. Weighing more than one million pounds, Angeli can travel upwards of 50 feet each day and excavate 1,300 tons of soil. In a single 24-hour period, it’s best production was 175 feet— nearly a football field.

While tunneling has been around for more than a century, engineers in recent years have developed dramatically high-tech, low-cost automated systems to bulldoze through complex geology without disturbing cities above—even seismic ones like LA. Although an operator runs Angeli, for example, a computer runs the brains. Teams can monitor all the parameters of the machine from their iPhones and in control data centers.

That’s what we call top-notch tunnel vision.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:58 AM  RssIcon

Chewing gum to avoid brushing your teeth? Been there.

But skimping on plant equipment to cut costs? Bad idea. We at Hamilton believe you get what you pay for in the world of heavy-duty manufacturing. That’s why we build products designed to be the lowest cost to customers in the long run. We’re so certain of our durability, in fact, that we guarantee nearly all of our casters and wheels for three years.

So when it comes to the long-term health and productivity of your operations, preventative maintenance pays—and we’ve got the infographic to prove it.


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Friday, April 28, 2017 8:00 AM  RssIcon

Hamilton brought its best swag and swagger to this year’s PROMAT 2017 in Chicago, where more than 900 exhibitors gathered to press flesh and peep the latest innovations in manufacturing, distribution and supply chain magic. The big themes this year were autonomous vehicles, sustainability and, of course, the toughest casters and carts on the planet!

We had a lot of fun promoting a booth that buzzes with the Hamilton brand. Among the bright shiny objects we touted on the show floor: a Vegas-worthy display of casters and a mini-production floor overrun with remote-controlled, 3D-printed trailers. But perhaps the biggest hit was our Spinfinity™ prize wheel, which was custom-built for the show by our own Hamilton engineers. PROMAT attendees took free spins to win daily prizes that included a Fit Bit, a $100 REI Gift Card, Bose Wireless speakers and the grand prize, a 49” TV.

Congratulations to all our lucky winners:

  • Kyle Frain, Northbrook, IL
  • Darko Pinter, Cham, Germany
  • Robert Metzel, Indianapolis, IN
  • Tami Smith, Chicago, IL
  • Dennis Niska, Wheaton, IL
  • Jeremy Burmeister, Marysville, OH
  • Paul Mensonides, Bellingham, WA
  • Lou Dalgaard, Chicago, IL
  • Ernst-Jan Bakker, Hanover, MD
  • J. Kelly Bechtel, St. Louis, MO (grand prize winner)
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Thursday, April 27, 2017 7:57 AM  RssIcon

We’re always pumped to do our part for space travel. So when a major aerospace R&D company needed herculean casters to carefully move heavy repair machinery for wind tunnels, our engineers sprang into action. We custom-engineered special spring-loaded casters based on our Maxi-Duty Series platform with HPI Swivel Technology and triple-spring actuation to thrive under years of punishing wear and tear. Why spring loaded casters? They provide superior shock absorption for special cargo. They’re also quiet, easy on floors and perfect for extending caster, wheel and bearing life.

In other words, they’re gentle giants.

With a working load capacity of 7,500 lbs., (maximum load: 10,000 lbs.), these swivel casters are equipped with dual 12-inch diameter by 3-inch-wide DuraGlide polyurethane wheels with heavy duty, maintenance-free precision sealed ball bearings. The casters also feature 4 welded sockets conveniently positioned to accommodate a 1-1/2-inch steel rod for manual turning.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 7:55 AM  RssIcon

In the world of heavy-duty manufacturing, space can sometimes be at a premium. And that’s okay, when you’ve got Hamilton custom carts on the case.

We recently helped a world leader in wire and coating haul heavy coils in tight spaces. The customer had previously been racking up costly bills using expensive semi-trailer trucks to move product across the street from one building to the other. They needed a more user-friendly, cost-effective way to get the job done 24/7. And because there was no room to turn the trailers, Hamilton designed a reversible train system that easily changes direction. Tongue couplers at both ends make it easy to attach and disconnect tuggers moving to and from the two buildings.

Toot, toot. All aboard that gravy train to better productivity.

Here are the tech specs:

  • Description: All Steel Reversible Four Wheel Steer Trailer
  • Capacity: 25,000 lbs.
  • Deck Size: 102" W x 168" L x 19-1/4” H
  • Deck Material: Diamond Tread Plate Steel
  • Steering Type: Four Wheel Steer
  • Running Gear: 8 dual mounted, 12" diameter x 4" wide Superlast® polyurethane wheels with tapered roller bearings
  • Couplers: Tongue at each end of train of 2 and permanently coupled, designed for reversible towing; tongue when not in use will stay in the upright position
  • Other:
    • Slots in the deck for McMaster-type hook straps
    • Reflectors around the edges and tail lights with plug in front to plug in lift truck
    • 12 McMaster-type hook down straps to fit in slots provided on the trailer
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 7:54 AM  RssIcon

Giant infrastructure projects are a hot topic these days, and we couldn’t be happier. The desire to build bigger, further and stronger runs deep in our DNA. So while the White House continues to map out its $1 trillion infrastructure plan, we thought it might be fun to see how the rest of the world is building big.

From Norway’s plan to engineer the world’s first fully submerged floating tunnel to China’s 31- mile-long bridge linking three cities along the Pearl River Delta, here are some of the most ambitious mega construction projects that are shaping our world.

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Monday, April 24, 2017 7:43 AM  RssIcon

There are some things we don’t miss about the 80s: big hair, rotary phones, stone-washed jeans. But even today, few can resist the nostalgic rush of a Rubik’s Cube. This month, University of Michigan mechanical engineering students brought the beloved toy back in a big way by unveiling a 1,500-pound fully functional Rubik’s Cube, which they designed and built as part of a capstone senior design project.

At four feet square, it’s the world’s largest solvable mechanical stationary Rubik’s Cube and will serve as a permanent interactive art piece on campus. Students hatched the idea for a giant cube on Pi Day 2014. But scaling up a puzzle that normally fits and spins in your hand turned out to be trickier than anticipated for a few reasons. One, friction increases with size. Two, it’s apparently harder to solve the puzzle with brute force rather than muscle memory—keeping track of the necessary algorithms can be tougher when you-re throwing your entire weight into a spin.

It took two teams of mechanical engineering students three years to overcome issues of friction and grip by employing a setup of rollers and transfer bearings. The result is a thing of beauty, just like its original.

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