Our extensive line of V-grooved wheels—industrial beauties that run on inverted angle iron tracks—are big sellers here at Hamilton when you want a more guided ride. But you should also know that Hamilton can manufacture U-Groove wheels upon request, too.
Why U-Groove, U ask? U-Groove wheels are a better option when you need to roll smoothly on round tubing or pipe, such as when you’re working with crane cables. They’re also commonly used on rolling gates and doors. Hamilton can machine U-Groove wheels to spec size (up to 25” diameter) in up to six different materials: nylon (see photo), polyurethane, UHMW, aluminum, steel or stainless steel.
Got a technical drawing or a new application that needs some U-Groove love? Use the idler wheel or drive wheel diagram below for reference then reach out to one of our sales engineers, and we’ll create your custom wheel from scratch.
We love it when a trailer works overtime to speed up productivity. Case in point: A custom cart we recently created to haul water distribution equipment castings (think fire hydrants) from manufacturing to storage and shipping. The deck’s free-spinning conveyer rollers make it much easier to load and unload the castings from either side. Easy rolling wheels with special ergonomic polyurethane treads help this cart function safely even when moved manually under load.
No wonder this trailer was created as part of the customer’s lean improvement processes. Hamilton puts the skinny in lean manufacturing.
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California’s Mojave Desert may be a great place to bury a body, but it’s also fast becoming a hotbed of cutting-edge aerospace research and development. Here, mysterious test flights, secret prototypes and next-generation aircrafts are the new normal.
So you can bet we were watching when the world’s largest airplane (by wingspan) rolled out of its hangar into the California sunshine for the first time at Mojave Air and Space Port last month. Called Stratolaunch, this 500,000-pound behemoth is designed to launch rockets into space to drive advancements in science, research and technology.
For founder Paul Allen of Microsoft fame, it’s all about making access to low Earth orbit more routine, which can pave the way for all sorts of progress, such as better Earth-sensing capabilities and new ways to beam the Internet worldwide.
And let’s not forget that Stratolaunch is a true beast—with a wingspan longer than a football field, six 747 engines, twin fuselages that stretch 238 feet and a payload up to 550,000 lbs. The 28-wheel rocket launcher is set to be fully operational by the end of this decade.
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You know when you find old pictures of yourself from 20 years ago and wonder, “I can’t believe they let me out of the house looking like that?” Well, that’s actually the opposite of how we felt when we dug up this old Hamilton corporate video from the early 90s.
Sure, the hairdos are dated and the technology looks like something out of 2001 A Space Odyssey. But we’re proud to say the video’s core messages still align with what Hamilton stands for today: American-made manufacturing that’s relentlessly focused on quality, service and custom engineering.
As the kitschy Star Wars-like running text in the video proclaims: “A caster is a caster is a caster. Or is it?” Hamilton doesn’t think so, and that’s what sets us apart from the competition.
So if you’re curious about the care and craftsmanship we put into our products—or just want to witness how stylishly groovy our factory floor team dressed in the George H. W. Bush era— grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy this delightfully entertaining blast from the past.
So maybe we weren’t clear enough when we asked you to take our survey and submit your best new Hamilton product ideas.
What’s in it for you? A chance to win a $100 VISA gift card. Still not enough? We’re also giving our five favorite responses a free Hamilton Colossal Fidget Spinner. That’s right, the very same monster Spinner we featured last month. The one that caused such rabid consumer demand among readers that we were compelled to start selling this pet project of ours online for a limited time. Deadline for all entries is July 21st. Winners will be announced week of July 24th.
But you can get yours free.
Simply take five minutes to share your brilliant ideas now so we can start expanding our standard product line and you can stop fidgeting. Win-win.
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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
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.
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.
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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.
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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