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Friday, August 28, 2015 1:56 PM  RssIcon

Robots may have built your car, but Hamilton’s custom rail-guided casters helped them do so.

It began as a routine order: rigid casters with double-flanged track wheels to move an assembly system. But when our engineers saw the schematics, they offered up a better solution that would save the automaker money long term.

“Double-flanged wheels work great for most track applications. But this wasn’t a normal job,” said Jeff Spektor, Hamilton’s lead engineer. “The conveyer required a caster with wheels that wouldn’t slide from side to side.”

That’s why Hamilton designed and built a custom caster, which features a steel wheel and guide bearings to keep it centered on rails.

Its street-sweeper-like design eliminates wheel wear, rolls more easily, and prevents the manufacturer from replacing flanged wheels every few months.

“They save money on maintenance and repairs, but most importantly, they don’t have to shut down the assembly line to replace casters,” said Spektor.

Learn more about our custom capabilities.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015 1:43 PM  RssIcon

When businesses expand, they often face challenges in keeping up with rapid growth. Case in point? A steel wire manufacturer that’s easing its growing pains with Hamilton trailers.

Fresh off building a new plant, the company had been using a semi truck and flatbed trailer to move pallets of steel wiring between two facilities

While only a quarter mile separates both plants, each trip meant loading the flatbed, driving it onto the street, backing it into position, and unloading it at a dock.

The two-hour process [Note: Do we know how long it took?] delayed production, and involved half a dozen workers and costly diesel fuel. With Hamilton’s custom all steel, reversible four-wheel trailers, the road trip days are over.

“Now, workers load and unload trailers inside the factory next to the production line,” said Hamilton’s Marty Wilson. “When they’re done, they use a tug to transport the trailers across the parking lot. It only takes minutes to arrive at the next facility.”

Smaller size. More capacity.

What’s more, the manufacturer gained capacity after downsizing from a big rig to Hamilton trailers.

“They can actually transport more product on two trailers as opposed to one flatbed, said Wilson. “Our distributor estimates the ROI for this project will be less than two years.”

Here are the tech specs:

  • Capacity: 25,000 pounds
  • Deck size: 102” wide by 168” long by 17” deck height
  • Deck material: diamond tread plate steel
  • Running gear: Eight dual-mounted 12” diameter by 4” wide Superlast polyurethane wheels with tapered roller bearings
  • Couplers: Tongue at each end of train of two and permanently coupled – designed for reversible towing
  • Deck slots for McMaster-type hook straps

Visit CartsandTrailers.com to see more custom trucks.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 1:37 PM  RssIcon

We’ve all experienced some form of airplane turbulence before. Maybe it jolted you out of a dead sleep, or knocked the peanuts and tomato juice off your tray. But chances are, you’ve never felt 75 mph winds rock a Boeing 777 back and forth seconds before landing.

At Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, the worst recorded windstorm in 100 years gave pilots and passengers gave pilots quite the scare. Incredibly, pilots landed the jumbo jet flawlessly. No doubt, they earned their wings that day.

Fasten your seatbelt and check out the video below:

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 1:30 PM  RssIcon

No, a warship isn’t cruising down the Ohio River in Hamilton’s backyard. But a new U.S. Navy battleship will bear Cincinnati’s name.

Called a “littoral combat ship,” the USS Cincinnati will join a new fleet of fast, agile surface ships that sail near shores.

Its mission, once it rolls off a Mobile, Alabama, production line in about four years? To defeat coastal threats like mines, quiet submarines and small, armed boats around the world.

While the Queen City is landlocked, it has history of supporting the Navy.

For example, the soon-to-be-built ship will be powered by GE Aviation engines manufactured near downtown. And at shipyards around the United States, Hamilton casters and wheels lug everything from steel girders to giant rudders.

The USS Cincinnati is the fifth ship to bear the city’s name. Sail over to Cincinnati.com for more information.

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Monday, August 24, 2015 12:37 PM  RssIcon

With summer nearly over, you’ve probably taken your annual family sabbatical to the Florida Keys. But while you were on the beach or mixing up cocktails, did you fall into the trap of checking work email?

More than 61 percent of American workers admit to doing so, and it’s turning us into burnouts. So before Labor Day, remember these reasons why you must unplug:

It’s bad enough that most only take half their vacation days. But when you fire off a few emails or check up on a sales prospect, you may as well be at the office. So instead of coming back refreshed and ready to take on new projects, you’ll feel overwhelmed, cranky, and nowhere near maximum productivity.

Give your team a break. They deserve it. But more importantly, they learn from you. If you send an email during Sunday’s NASCAR race, they’ll feel compelled to plug in during the weekends. Or do the same while they’re with their families on vacation. They don’t want to be seen as slackers when you work your tail off 24/7. But when you unplug, they will, too, and that’s best for everyone.

Time off leads to huge productivity gains. Those who take real time off reap the rewards at work. A study found that employees who didn’t work during vacation reported an 82% increase in job performance.

We know it’s easy to fall into the trap of working 24/7 and just checking your inbox one last time. But do us a favor. Unplug, and end the vicious cycle. The casters can wait for a few days.

Source: Salesforce

The stats don’t lie. Most U.S. workers only take half of their vacation time off. Worse, 61 percent admit to working while off the clock. This vicious cycle leads to sluggish productivity, crankiness, health problems and lower sales.

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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.

Source: Manufacturing.net

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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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