Thursday, September 28, 2017 1:15 PM  RssIcon

You’ve heard of keeping a low profile? Well consider this custom job one of our stealthier power trips. When a huge energy company in Canada needed to swap a heat exchange pump in one of their nuclear reactors, they turned to Hamilton engineers to custom design a special set of casters each rated to carry 16,000 lbs. The kicker was that the casters also had to meet incredibly low height restrictions.

To swap out the pump, the material handling engineers incorporated a special track system. One side of the casters rode on a track while the other side rode on inverted c-channel to make the exchange. And here’s where things get interesting. The c-channel limited the total width of the caster at the wheel height to 6 ½ inches, so we designed special recessed hardware to get the casters to clear the small channel. Kind of like putting a girdle on when you want to look your skinniest. To meet the low height restrictions and high load requirement, we used a high strength steel for the wheels and tapped our new Maxi-Duty Kingpinless casters with swivel construction.

Who says we can’t roar into tight spaces?

Here are the tech specs:

Special Hamilton Swivel Caster with Double Flanged Track Wheel

Double Flanged Track Wheel:

  • Material: High-strength steel
  • Wheel diameter: A - 6"
  • Face width: S - 6-1/2"
  • Flange diameters: P - 6.9"
  • Face and flanges width: K - 7-1/2"
  • Hub length: H - 8"
  • Hub diameters: M & N - 4-1/2"
  • Bore: Wheel is equipped with tapered bearings and bearing hardware for a 1-1/2" diameter axle

Swivel Caster:

  • Custom Mounting plate: 10" x 10.88"
  • Bolt hole centers: 7.50" x 8.38". Bolt holes are 1-1/8" diameter
  • Overall height: 9” (when equipped with the wheel described above)
  • Capacity: 16,000 lbs. (when equipped with the wheel described above)
  • Special Hamilton Swivel Caster with Forged Steel Wheel with Face Machined Flat (no crown)

Forged Steel Wheel:

  • Material:High Strength Steel
  • Wheel diameter: A - 6"
  • Face width: S - 4"
  • Hub length: 4-1/4"
  • Bore: Wheel is equipped with tapered bearings and bearing hardware for a 1-1/4" diameter axle

Swivel Caster:

  • Custom Mounting plate: 10" x 10.88"
  • Bolt hole centers: 7.50" x 8.38"; bolt holes are 1-1/8" diameter
  • Overall height: 9” (when equipped with the wheel described above)
  • Capacity: 16,000 lbs. (when equipped with the wheel described above)
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 1:14 PM  RssIcon

Dear Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

We hate cancer, but we love you. So to honor you this October, we’ve created one of our very own Colossal fidget spinners in the color of healing, hope and awareness. You may remember back in May when we first started selling these 7.5-inch behemoths, the Hamilton blogosphere blew up with orders. We hope to once again create that same stampede of enthusiasm to show cancer we’ll never stop spinning for the cure. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


Hamilton Caster

Hamilton Colossal fidget spinners are 3D printed, made in the USA and available to purchase for $57.

Get yours now.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:13 PM  RssIcon

Hamilton carts and trailers help customers move giant, heavy things with greater ease and efficiency. It may not be sexy. But it literally helps the world go ‘round.

Take this 30-ton capacity custom truck we recently designed for one of the world’s largest energy and industrial giants. The customer needed a beast of a trailer, tough enough to haul giant transformers for repair at their apparatus service center. Some of the transformers weigh as much as 420,000 lbs. The customer had previously been using rail carts to tote the transformers along railroad tracks. Limiting!

We designed a four-wheel reversible trailer with auto steer and a four-point lift, capable of transporting giant cargo around the service center any which way. Here she is, with her slick safety yellow finish. Isn’t she a beauty, with her towing tongues at both ends? Couldn’t you just look at her all day, while she glides across your factory floor, making heavy lifting look easy and carefree? Don’t you want to take her home to mom?

Here’s her dating profile:

  • Trailer type: Four-wheel reversible auto steer
  • Capacity: 30 tons
  • Deck size: 72” x 168”
  • Deck height: Approximately 27”
  • Tongue height: Approximately 11 ½”
  • Running gear: Dual mounted W-POY-1590-2 press-on poly wheels
  • Towing tongue at both ends, locked vertical when not in use
  • 4-point lifting provision
  • Internal fork pockets
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Monday, September 25, 2017 1:12 PM  RssIcon

We all know that trick of how to get a ship into a bottle, but how do you get one ship onto another ship? You float it, baby.

That’s what the Navy does when they need to collect and transport ships that are damaged and need repair. They’re called float on/float offs (FLO/FLO) and can carry thousands of tons of cargo. These massive ships made news in June, when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan and ripped open the hull, flooding the ship and killing seven sailors. The Navy had to decide whether to fix the ship in place or carry it home for repair.

Watching these submersible vessels do their thing is pretty crazy. First, water is pumped into the ballast tanks throughout the ship’s hull, causing the main deck to partially sink underwater. The cargo ship is then floated into place on the mother ship. Afterwards, everything moves in reverse. Water gets pumped out, and the big ship rises above water again with its load safely positioned.

Simple physics. Staggering scale.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017 1:10 PM  RssIcon

The ROI on character might not be as tangible as, say, your supply chain design. But we think behaviors like integrity, humility and empathy are pretty important to your bottom line.

Here at Hamilton, we try to be a Business of Character every day. First, we get a lot of good ideas from our involvement in both the City of Hamilton Character Committee (Our EVP Steve Lippert is a Chair) and the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati (Our Marketing VP Mark Lippert is a Board of Director). Both organizations promote character citywide to schools, businesses and community organizations through programming, training and events.

Steve Lippert presents a character award to fellow employee Charles Lovett.

Second, we actively promote good character by celebrating our employees. Every month, Hamilton broadcasts a good character trait (punctuality was a recent one) and asks employees to nominate someone who exemplifies that trait. The winner gets a gift card and a chance to gloat all month long. Just kidding. That wouldn’t be good character. But, seriously, folks, how important is it to you that your company leaders practice good character? What’s the trait to end all traits when it comes to A-class character, in your opinion? Share your thoughts and ideas with us.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017 9:22 AM  RssIcon

Hold onto your cap. Hamilton is literally supporting Hyperloop One—the revolutionary high-speed super tube that’s poised to completely reinvent public transportation as we know it.

Last month, Hyperloop One successfully tested a trial run in the Nevada desert, and guess who provided the casters transporting the pod on its mobile platform? Fast forward to Minute 00:59 of this video, and you’ll catch Hamilton Maxi-Duty Duel Wheel Swivel Casters working their magic as the test pod gets rolled into its tunnel.

Elon Musk first suggested the idea of a hyperloop in 2012, and subsequently open-sourced the concept so private companies could develop the technology. Hyperloop One, which is based in Los Angeles, has emerged as the industry leader. Resembling a bullet train, the 28-foot-long Hyperloop One can theoretically travel at velocities nearing the speed of sound (about 700 miles per hour). Imagine being able to travel from L.A. to San Francisco—normally a six-hour drive—in just over 30 minutes.

As “the first new form of public transportation in more than 100 years,” Hyperloop’s revolutionary technology uses magnetic levitation to guide and lift the “pod” off its track. A series of vacuum pumps remove nearly all the air inside, effectively creating a “sky in a tube.” Because resistance is vastly reduced, a nominal amount of electricity is required to achieve such extraordinary speeds above land or underground.

During the test, the pod ran nearly the full length of the 500-meter full-scale track and topped out at 192 miles per hour. Conditions mimicked those in the Earth’s atmosphere at 200,000 feet above sea level, where there’s very little friction due to rarified air. Good thing the pod was ably transported by our super duty Superlast wheels, with 1”-thick polyurethane molded to their forged steel core.

In other Hyperloop breaking news, a team of 30 students in Germany won the SpaceX Hyperloop competition on August 27. Their winning prototype pod, WARR Hyperloop, reached a speed of 201 miles per hour, comfortably beating out finalists from Switzerland and Canada. Check out Elon Musk’s Twitter post of the video.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:05 AM  RssIcon

While you’re sitting there wondering who will claim the Iron Throne in 2019, here’s another little teaser to torture you. Hamilton’s got big news to share next month. What it is, we can’t exactly say, but it’s going to be a game-changer. Here are five cryptic clues to keep you guessing:

  1. It’s red and gray and awesome all over.
  2. It will make our products more durable.
  3. It will become a standard practice in our caster manufacturing.
  4. It’s environmentally friendly.
  5. It’s going to look pretty slick.

We’d like to say more, but we don’t want to ruin the surprise!

Don’t miss the reveal in the September Revolution.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017 9:19 AM  RssIcon

Hamilton, Ohio, is where our heart is. But if there were ever another city to love, it might have to be Casey, Illinois. Turns out this tiny town of 2,700 is home to gigantic things, including the world’s largest rocking chair, the world’s largest mailbox and the world’s largest knitting needles.

It all started when resident Jim Bolen tried to attract business to his wife’s tea shop by building a 56-foot-tall wind chime. When it worked, he started thinking about other ways to draw tourism to Casey, and a giant building spree was born. Bolen has since built eight super structures that have put Casey on the tourist map, including the world’s largest golf tee, rocking chair, mailbox and pitchfork. All have earned Guinness World record titles.

Bolen’s family-run pipeline business has used everything from recycled scrap metal to wooden telephone poles to create these mammoth masterpieces. Hey, we’re also a family-run business that makes some pretty big beauties ourselves.

Did someone say collaboration?

Curious to see more? Watch an extended tour of the small town home to giant things.

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Monday, August 28, 2017 9:16 AM  RssIcon

What’s next for American manufacturing? A lot, according to a recent article. The “fourth industrial revolution” we’re currently experiencing is powered by smart manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT). Here’s what’s in the making:

1. Virtual reality
Companies are using technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) to simulate product design and testing. This can speed up problem-solving, maximize efficiencies and ensure better outcomes overall.

2. 3D printing
It’s not going away, and it’s a fundamental change because it provides endless efficiencies in mass production of everything from toys to medical devices.

3. Automation
The new generation of robotics is even easier to program and use, with capabilities like voice and image recognition. And while it may eliminate complex human tasks, it also creates new opportunities for a re-trained workforce (see #5).

4. Communicating in the cloud
Factories are driving innovation in cloud computing, smart sensors, IoT and more. Just a few capabilities include converting units of measurement, shutting off devices to protect safety, and real-time tracking and analysis of production data.

5. Robots managed by a new workforce
With all this talk about augmented reality and robotics playing a key role in smart manufacturing, will there be no humans left in the Industry 4.0 workforce? Nope. We’ll need new kinds of workers: those that can design, build, program, manage and maintain new equipment. Close to 15 million new U.S. jobs will be created over the next decade due to automation and artificial intelligence.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017 10:02 AM  RssIcon

This is how your day gets ruined: Malware enters your computer network via email and spreads like a virus, threatening to hold your production line hostage until you cough up a ransom. You pay it because why? Your bottom line suffers for every hour your supply chain is compromised.

It’s a scenario that’s playing out more and more for the just-in-time manufacturing sector. In fact, manufacturers, government and financial firms are now at the top of hacker’s hit lists. According to a recent IEN article, production lines that integrate computer-imaging, barcode scanners and measuring tolerances to a hair’s width at multiple points are most vulnerable to cyber-criminals.

So how to protect yourself? Follow these tips from Wired magazine.

  • Back up important data daily in the cloud
  • Train staff to ignore suspicious emails and links
  • Invest in mitigation strategies such as app whitelisting, patching apps and patching operating systems (OSes)
  • Keep third-party plug-ins like Java and Flash up to date

For more information, check out this ransomware hostage manual.

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