Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:42 AM  RssIcon

Sure, a picture says a thousand words. But guess what’s even better? A thousand pounds—and we’ve got the pics to prove it. Take a look at this recent order for our Ultra Maxi-Duty (UMD) Casters, which a leading aerospace supplier will be using on stands to support their next generation of products.

With a load rating of up to 40,000 pounds per caster, UMDs represent the highest capacity production caster series on the market today. Each of these wheels is 22” in diameter, and the mounting plate alone is an immense 14” x 14” and 1” thick.

These Ultra Maxi-Duty Casters have a load rating of 35,000 lbs. per caster.

With UMDs, there’s no need to custom order a special caster—this comprehensive series comes “build-ready.” Moving colossal loads that formerly required six or eight casters can be accomplished with four, simplifying designs and lowering maintenance costs. In addition to aerospace manufacturers, UMDs are perfect for defense contractors, ship builders and anywhere you’re toting uber heavy equipment.

Capturing these powerful casters on camera makes us feel a little like the fired-up dad of a huge family. It’s our pride and joy to create these rare creatures of craftsmanship and durability every day.

So we hope you don’t mind if we get a little gushy.

Check out the complete UMD series product details here.

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Monday, February 27, 2017 9:40 AM  RssIcon

Like a jungle cat that moves low to the ground to stalk its quarry, this custom cart we recently built really knows how to pounce on heavy prey. Called a lowrider, it’s being shipped to Korea to go to work in the oil industry and can carry up to 6 tons of crushing weight. And yet its disarmingly playful yellow wheels make you feel like a kid again.

Here are the specs:

  • Description: Wood deck, steel frame straight line dolly
  • Capacity: 13,200 lbs. (6 tons)
  • Deck Size: 27-1/8" wide x 59" long x 5-1/8" high
  • Deck Material: 2" hardwood deck, steel frame
  • Running Gear: Twelve W-420-AYB-3/4 POLYLAST anti-static/anti-spark polyurethane tread wheel on aluminum center with precision ball bearings
  • Color: Woodwork sanded and varnished; steelwork painted epoxy yellow
  • Shipping Dimensions: 60” long X 34” wide X 6” high
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Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:38 AM  RssIcon

In a perfect world, we think everything should be on wheels. Until then, we’ll settle for a future with self-driving cars, like this Toyota Concept-i that recently took the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) by storm. Equipped with Artificial Intelligence, the car adapts to your preferences and even anticipates your needs.

Inside its Lamborghini-like doors, the Concept-i uses a visual interface known as Yui to communicate with drivers via light, sound and even touch (it reaches out to shake your hand to start the car).

Design engineers used the Twelve Principles of Animation developed by Disney in the 30s to give Yui mannerisms, such as shrinking or stretching, that convey emotion to communicate with drivers. Yui can even evaluate your mood, based on biometric sensors placed throughout the car, and adjust its driving accordingly to enhance driver safety. And whenever you feel like driving yourself, the car can easily switch to manual mode.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:32 AM  RssIcon

It’s Flashback February, and that means we’re dipping into the Hamilton archives to show you just how ferociously dedicated we are—and always have been—to the Hamilton way.

Our crack team of amateur sleuths in Marketing recently dug up an old fight song from 1975 that was penned by none other than our former Vice President Tom Lippert and his wife, Adele. The song was mailed out—along with a plastic bugle to help you toot the musical notes—as a raucous rallying cry to get distributors psyched about selling Hamilton. The Hamilton Hero caricature was a mainstay of Hamilton's monthly printed newsletter during the 70's and 80's.

Hamilton Heroes, all! Follow the PRONTO® call! Charge!

FUN FACT: Hamilton began sending monthly printed newsletters way back in 1958. Old timers would remember the infamous Hamilton Highlights - the big papa to today's Revolution. We valued regular communication back then and still to this day.

Just how groovy is that logo at the top of this song sheet?

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Friday, February 24, 2017 9:30 AM  RssIcon

For years, graphene has been thought to be the strongest material on earth. But its thin, two-dimensional properties have always made it difficult to work with in useful 3D form—until now.

A team of MIT engineers recently discovered a way to develop graphene into a structure that’s stronger than steel and lighter in weight. By compressing layers of the one-atom thick graphene and subjecting it to intense heat, they’ve created a new 3-dimensional version of graphene with superhuman strength and resilience. It’s highly porous, giving it more surface area and thus higher strength at lower weight.

Just how light and fast is it? It’s 10 times stronger than steel and five times lighter—making it one of the strongest lightweight materials known to man. The team has also developed a mathematical frame work that can accurately predict experimental results.

Don’t think we aren’t thinking about it. #GrapheneCastersAndWheels

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 10:34 AM  RssIcon

It’s common wisdom that behind every great wheel lies another great wheel.

Case in point: Check out this video featuring the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner preparing for greatness just moments before it clinched the land speed record for the world’s fastest-ever Triumph motorcycle on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, reaching a speed of 274.4 mph. The maintenance dolly that supports this aerodynamic powerhouse is rolling on none other than…you guessed it…Hamilton casters. Only the best for setting a land speed record with a carbon fiber motorcycle.

Piloted by Guy Martin, the streamliner bested the previous Triumph record of 245.667 mph. Powered by what essentially amounts to two street-legal motorcycle engines strapped together with a combined 1,000 bhp at 9,000 rpm, the streamliner was built with American ingenuity by mechanical engineer Matt Markstallar. He and his team were inspired by aerodynamic outlines developed by NASA to build the Rocket. “We used something called computational fluid dynamics modeling, which is like a virtual wind tunnel,” he said. “This enables us to continually adapt the design to achieve maximum efficiency.”

This was the first bike design for Markstallar, who has plenty of hot rods, Interstate Racing sprinters and Bonneville cars under his belt. He said he wanted to make a modern-day assault vehicle that combines all the racing prowess of the Triumph-powered Land Speed Record vehicles of the 1960s with today’s technology in engineering, aerodynamics, safety and power-plant performance.

They say the conditions were perfect that day in August 2016 when the Rocket claimed the record at 8:30 a.m. We’re proud to have been a part of that cycle to victory.

After all, one good turn deserves another.

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Monday, January 30, 2017 10:33 AM  RssIcon

Last month we announced our new line of e-Power™ Cart Solutions and talked about their safety and productivity benefits. This month, you can actually watch these go-getters in action. Don’t miss the new e-Power™ Hybrid feature, which gives you the flexibility of both a powered cart and towable trailer in one.

All e-Powered carts ride on rugged Hamilton running gear and feature:

  • Fixed or variable speed control (forward, reverse and turning)
  • Flat decks or customer features
  • Operator control: fixed, pendant on coil cord, or radio-controlled remote
  • Wet or dry battery technologies
  • Optional onboard scales
  • Optional safety features that include horns, flashing lights, e-stops, bumpers and collision avoidance systems

Looking to power up your work environment? Hamilton engineers can custom design powered carts that carry loads up to 40,000 lbs.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017 10:31 AM  RssIcon

Some things are worth repeating. National holidays. Touchdown replays. Cat videos. And—in case you missed it the first time around in December—the breaking news that Hamilton now offers a new line of high-heat casters and wheels.

Why is this such a big deal? Because high heat is increasingly becoming part of the everyday manufacturing process. Who will be there to survive the inferno for a long time to come?

Hamilton. Our wide-range of high-temp wheels and casters are built tough to withstand even the most scorching of heat treatments—from 470 to up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit.

Come again, you say?

You heard us.

See what all the hot fuss is about.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:28 AM  RssIcon

“That’s too big,” said no one ever here at Hamilton.

So when the Guinness World Records recently crowned Great Dane Freddy the world’s biggest dog at 7 feet 6 inches standing on his hind haunches, we howled in applause for man’s biggest best friend.

Hard to believe this former “runt of the litter” would eventually go on to become such a celebrated behemoth, weighing more than 196 pounds and towering over his 5’ 4” owner Claire Stoneman. Apparently Stoneman spends about $123 a week to feed her 4-year-old prized pooch a steady diet of whole roast chickens and peanut butter on toast. It appears Freddy also has a formidable taste for sofas, having demolished 26 versions over the years.

Freddy, we’re happy to build you a p-awesome custom trailer worthy of your stature and celebrity.

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Friday, January 27, 2017 10:20 AM  RssIcon

While we’re on the topic of huge, nothing says ginormous aircraft power quite like the Lockheed Martin C-5M Super Galaxy.

Currently the largest plane in the Air Force, it’s so massive it can haul an entire submarine (or up to five helicopters) and can take a maximum payload of up to 285,000 lbs. Used to transport emergency supplies for humanitarian missions, the C-5M can carry more cargo farther than any other aircraft, with 20% greater cargo loads, 22% greater thrust and a 58% faster climb than its previous model. Fully loaded, this critical national strategic airlift resource can weigh nearly a million pounds.

Drop the mic on monster loads.

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