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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Thursday, December 15, 2016 4:28 PM  RssIcon

Call ‘em hot wheels for work. Call ‘em casters that won’t cook. Whatever you call ‘em, one thing’s for sure: these babies stay cool under pressure.

Hamilton is proud to introduce our new line of high-heat casters and wheels. Built tough to withstand the rigors of extreme temps, they’re ideal for rolling anywhere you want to beat the heat—especially in autoclaves, product finish systems, food manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, where heat treating and coating is increasingly becoming the norm.

“We’re pretty excited about this series. Not everyone realizes that most conventional casters aren’t built to withstand very high heat,” explained Hamilton Vice President of Marketing Mark Lippert. “In the past, we’ve offered high-temperature wheels and casters to our customers on demand. As high-heat becomes more and more part of everyday manufacturing, we now have an extensive line to make it even easier to get what you need.”

To help you understand each offering’s singularly scorching charms, here are some highlights:

Stainless Steel Caster featuring New Ultratherm™ Wheel #S-HSTL-4HWRB

High Heat Non-Metallic Wheels

Our High Heat Non-Metallic Wheels offer a range of high-heat options to light your fire, from the everyday generalist Thermolast™ to the uber premium Ultratherm™. These wheels come in a variety of diameters and are temperature rated between 475 and 570 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thermolast™ Wheels

  • The affordable generalist
  • Temp ratings up to 475 degrees F
  • Rated up to 1,400 pounds
  • Injection molded 33% Glass Fiber Reinforced, Heat Stabilized Nylon 6/6
  • Double the strength & stiffness of unreinforced nylons (27,000 psi)
  • Superior abrasion and wear resistance
  • Great for autoclaves

Duratherm™ Wheels

  • The premium version of Thermolast™, with a higher-end precision ball bearing
  • Certified especially for the food industry
  • Resistant to water, acids, chemicals and most solvents
  • Temperature rating up to 530 degrees F

Noiseless Ultratherm™ Wheels

  • The crème de la crème of high-heat wheels
  • Roll silently, so they’re easy on the ears
  • Made of high-heat elastic rubber, so they protect floors beautifully
  • Temperature rating up to 570 degrees F
  • Features maintenance-free precision ball bearings
  • Wheel size: 4”. Note: We also offer an Inferno series (see below) high heal dual wheel casters with Noiseless Ultratherm™ wheels to offer you double capacity. So you can safely move a 2,000-pound load without damaging your floors in 570 degree temperatures.

Inferno™ Wheels

Direct from Hades, our Inferno™ Series wheels come with special high-heat stainless steel precision ball bearings rated up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit.

Inferno™ and MagmaMax™ Casters

Stainless Workhorse featuring New Thermolast™ Wheel #S-WHS-6HNY

Is it just us or is it getting warm in here?

In the high-heat caster arena, it’s a veritable heat wave of choices that cater to every capacity—from a mere 150 pounds all the way up to a whopping 9,000 pounds of crushing force. Our Inferno™ casters come in light-, medium-, and heavy-duty, while we’ve saved the heaviest payload for a category all its own: our MagmaMax™ extra heavy-duty casters.

Got a fever for high-heat wheels and casters? Contact Jim Lippert for the cure.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 3:57 PM  RssIcon

In our never-ending quest to move loads as safely as possible, Hamilton now offers custom e-Power Cart Solutions. With a payload capacity range from 2,000 to 40,000 lbs., our motorized carts can help eliminate all manual operations to get the job done safer and more efficiently.

Research from the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety shows that push/pull forces in excess of as little as 35 pounds can contribute to musculoskeletal workplace injuries. Powered carts can help you move heavy payloads while achieving your ergonomic and performance goals. Here’s how you can benefit:

  • Reduce employee injuries from strain and fatigue
  • Safely transport materials through production
  • Improve your ergonomic footprint
  • Boost employee morale and productivity
  • Increase your bottom line

Keep work zones forklift free
Especially handy for when you’ve exhausted all manual transport options for heavy loads, powered carts offer easy maneuverability in tight spaces. Many carts can pivot from the center point, making rotating cargo in tight spaces a snap. Motorized carts are also ideal for moving stock that final distance from trailer trains to the assembly line. There’s no need to transfer materials from a warehouse trailer to a smaller conveyance for manual handling. No need to use a forklift for lateral transport. The powered cart does it all.

A flexible workhorse
Take the unique dual-purpose trailer featured in the photo (above?). It can tow heavy loads long distances as a conventional trailer as well as maneuver cargo into final position for production. Since anyone can position the loaded trailer without additional help, powered carts can be a safer, more versatile and more economical choice in the long run when every minute counts on production floors.

Operating the powered trailer is easy. The drive wheels automatically retract when you lower the towing tongue to enable safe and easy transport. Raise the tongue for manual maneuvering and the wheels come down, ready for powered movement.

The cart comes with running gear to expedite manual operation, such as when you need to quickly align empty trailers for towing. It features 12” Hamilton Ergo-Glide Polyurethane wheels to minimize rolling friction and maintenance-free front Spinfinity casters with 8” x 3” Swivel-EAZ® wheels. With a spacious 36” x 72” deck, the cart can tow up to two tons of precious cargo. The CP00070 wishbone and companion CP00120 pintle hitch provide safe and practical towing.

The electric drive unit is variable speed, retractable for towing, and has intuitive hand controls with a back-up safety brake, horn, and battery level indicator. On/off switches are keyed for controlled access, while rechargeable batteries offer hours of manual operation.

Got a custom job that needs a power tow from Hamilton carts and trailers? Lay your specs on us here.

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Monday, December 12, 2016 4:29 PM  RssIcon

Whether you voted red, blue, green or gold this election, there’s one thing we can all celebrate: American-made products and services (hello, Hamilton). In fact, the U.S. currently gets a higher ROI by investing in manufacturing than we do any other American sector*. Here are five fun facts to give you a boost of patriotic pride.


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Sunday, December 11, 2016 4:28 PM  RssIcon

Is it a car? Is it a robot? It’s both – and soon it could be street legal, too. Turkish company Letvision has created a real-life Transformer that morphs from a BMW 3 Series coupe into a cyborg in about a minute.

It took 12 engineers and four supporting technicians eight months to complete the prototype called Letrons. Fully equipped with a power system to manage energy distribution, Letrons can speak and move its head, neck, wrists, arms and kinetic fingers. While the electric car is only drivable via remote control so far, its creators claim it can be certified roadworthy after further development.

Want it under your tree in time for Christmas? Letrons is for sale. Sort of. You’ll need to tell the makers how you plan to use it first.

Maybe your kids can help you write the letter to Santa...

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Attitude of gratitude

Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:24 PM  RssIcon

This time of year, we can’t help but get a little choked up. Not because our pants are too tight, but because we’ve got a lot to be thankful for. Hamilton has been a family-run business for more than 100 years, and we try to operate like a family should: work shoulder-to-shoulder, always have each other’s backs and never take ourselves too seriously.

Blender 3D rendering created by Jevon Lambright, Hamilton Design Engineer

Here are some of the things we’re especially grateful for this holiday season:

That there are no more election commercials. —Mikhaela Renner, Marketing Coordinator

That little arrow that tells me where the gas tank is. —Sean Treglia, Outside Sales

That my wife only dragged me to one store on Thanksgiving Night. —Joe Ford, Inside Sales Engineer

Grateful to whoever figured out that you can ferment grapes … so much better than raisins —Janet Jeffries, Production Scheduling

That mini roller coaster feeling you get when driving through hills. -Tom Raley, Systems Administrator

Finding old family recipes that turn out just like you remembered. —Marty Wilson, Outside Sales

That I was able to successfully “catch” my second daughter when she was born in the car on our way to the hospital in 1987. She’s now an Emergency Medicine Resident Physician, by the way. —Dave Lippert, President

From our Hamilton Caster Family to Yours, We Wish You All a Very Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for a Prosperous New Year!

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