What? You’ve ground down your night guard wondering what kind of game-changing innovation we’re introducing this month? Relax that jaw. The wait is over.
Hamilton is proud to introduce our new Powder Paint Coating System. To understand exactly what this means for the future of caster excellence, let’s reference our clues from our August teaser:
“It will become a standard practice in our caster manufacturing.”
Starting now, all Hamilton forged steel casters come powder painted fresh out of our factory. If you’ve received casters from us in the last few weeks, you know what we mean firsthand. (Note: our medium and light duty casters will remain zinc-plated).
“It will make our products exponentially more durable.”
This is the big sell, really. Powder coating is much more durable than spray enamel. It’s also less prone to erosion, impervious to tough chemicals and can withstand tough weather conditions.
“It’s going to look pretty slick.”
Our powder paint comes in two eye-catching colors. Goodbye dull, battleship gray. Hello, sleek metallic platinum powder. Hello, gorgeous Hamilton Red.
“It’s environmentally friendly.”
No harmful VOCs or solvents are released during the making of our powder paint creations. It’s EPA-safe for air and water pollution, too. Fun fact: U.S. powder paint suppliers have been moving away from TGIC polyester powder paint formulas over the last decade. The replacement curing chemistry uses HAA, hydroxyalkylamides, to cross-link the polyester during the curing phase (and HAA is what you’ll find in all Hamilton powder painted casters). TGIC, which stands for triglycidyl isocyanurate, is a nasty chemical. Like asbestos, it’s only bad if you stir it up. And when you do, it’s been reported to cause, among other things, “testicular atrophy” in men. So, yeah, banning TGIC from our powder paint products was the easiest decision we’ve ever had to make for our workers.
Did we mention how many grandchildren we Hamiltonians have?
Experience the Powder Paint difference now.
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:
Our High Heat Non-Metallic Wheels offer a range of high-heat options to light your fire, from the everyday generalist Scorcher to the uber premium Ultratherm™. These wheels come in a variety of diameters and are temperature rated between 475 and 570 degrees Fahrenheit.
Noiseless Ultratherm™ Wheels
Direct from Hades, our Inferno™ Series wheels come with special high-heat stainless steel precision ball bearings rated up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit.
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.
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:
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.
Ergonomists, meet Swivel Squared Technology.
The new design significantly reduces the force needed to push or pull carts, and prevents one of the most common issues with swivel casters: lock up.
“Swivel casters tend to lock up during tight turns or sudden changes in direction,” said Jeff Spektor, chief engineer at Hamilton Caster. “One or more casters becomes misaligned, and it takes a hefty amount of force to reposition the cart. That’s where injuries happen.”
Hamilton’s new technology features offsetting ball races, or “kingpins,” to ensure the casters stay pointed in the intended direction.
End users that must adhere to strict ergonomic standards, like automotive and aerospace manufacturers, will find Swivel Squared Technology especially useful.
“Nowadays it’s common for companies to demand that push/pull forces not exceed more than 40 pounds,” said Spektor. “Swivel Squared Technology is the solution.”
We’ll keep you updated in early 2016 with an official release date. For now, it’s currently being tested at several major auto manufacturers, who have already reported to us positive results.
Feeling brave? Read the full patent here – all 5,490 words of it.
Drum roll, please. We’re proud to share our latest creation: a double, fifth-wheel steer trailer that hauls 80,000-pound mining cutter drums.
Created for LeBus International, our rig helps the heavy manufacturer cut production time, and hike up its plant safety scores.
“We have to deliver on time. It’s what we do, and always will.”
“With Hamilton’s trailer, we only need one fork truck to move the drum from the welding shop to the machine shop,” said Luke Busha, project engineer for LeBus International.
Without our trailer, Busha said it would take multiple fork trucks to carry a load of this size (nearly 24 feet long and 10 feet wide), and numerous personnel – a slower, more dangerous process.
“The more fork trucks and people involved, the higher risk for an accident,” he said. “We have safety protocols in place and we’ve never had an issue, but this is all about minimizing risk – both our team members, and the load itself.”
The new rig also helps Lebus meet aggressive deadlines demanded by some of the world’s biggest mining, aerospace and oil heavyweights.
“We have to deliver on time. It’s what we do, and always will,” said Busha. “It’s critical in this industry. Hamilton helps us cut down on the time it takes to build, which means we can actually surprise our customers with a product faster than expected.”
Does your oversized load or factory productivity need a lift? Talk to a Hamilton carts and trailers expert, or visit CartsandTrailers.com for more information.
You’re a productivity monster. So why let junkyard, high-maintenance casters put the brakes on your assembly line? Drop the WD-40 and check out Hamilton’s new SpinfinityTM maintenance-free, kingpinless caster series.
To build Spinfinity, our engineers didn’t just take a kingpinless caster and seal the bearings.
Instead, Hamilton spec’d a swivel construction with a proven kingpinless raceway design, and a massive seal seated with precise tolerances. And, Spinfinity features a heavy-duty, extra thick forged steel mounting plate and ring.
The result is a 100% maintenance-free kingpinless caster that:
“At Hamilton, we’re known for making the toughest casters,” said Jeff Spektor, the Hamilton engineer who designed Spinfinity. “But we also pride ourselves on innovative products that not only advance the caster world, but material handling as a whole.”
Get tech specs, features, capacities and more on our Spinfinity series landing page. For more information on Hamilton’s new maintenance-free, kingpinless line, email or call us at 888-699-7164.
Hamilton’s new addition to its caster lineup handles up to 20 tons and keeps a low profile.
The Enhanced Maxi-Duty (EMD2) Series features forged steel wheels for heavy manufacturers who need to boost load capacities without increasing overall height.
A hybrid of our Maxi-Duty and Ultra Maxi-Duty lines, EMD2 packs a small mounting plate and massive swivel construction. And dual-forged steel wheels machined with a slight crown for improved rollability and swiveling.
Best of all, a common mounting plate size (8 ½ by” 8 ½”) makes it easy to swap out existing casters with EMD2.
Our customers didn’t waste any time enhancing their heavy operations with EMD2. Some of the first ever built have already been deployed by the Department of Energy.
Visit our EMD2 product page to learn more about our rugged new casters, or contact us with any questions.
Oily Shapeshifter. Jacked Up Jack. One-Eyed Astro. These aren’t the year’s trendiest Halloween costumes. They’re custom Hamilton trailers we built to tackle extreme applications.
Built for an oil and gas giant, this A-frame tilt cart transforms to fit steel plates through claustrophobia-inducing aisles. Watch the video to see it in action.
Recycling can be a real beast. For proof, look at this 8-foot-wide by 20-foot long trailer and its 28-inch-thick deck to support 30 tons of industrial recycling machinery. But the coolest part? The slime green paint job to match the company’s attitude.
Working with NASA over the years has been both a treat and an honor. Plus, it’s led to some of our most unique work. Like this custom, circular dolly that hauled a space capsule destined for Mars.
It’s fitting that an automotive supplier would need a trailer with 25-inch rubber wheels, which are taller than car tires. We designed this jacked up, fifth wheel steel trailer to haul 10 tons worth of car suspensions without budging.
What began as a simple wheel order spawned into a new Hamilton innovation when our engineering manager, Jeff Spektor, realized a fresh design could save a major aerospace supplier big bucks – and headaches.
“When I saw what the customer needed, I knew a standard wheel wouldn’t work,” he said. “So we came up with a unique design that exceeded the customer’s expectations – an all-stainless steel caster with inline wheels.”
Several factors made this job unique, especially the federal regulations for the room where our casters are used. Everything inside the clean-room environment, including our casters, must adhere to strict standards so nothing damages the sensitive (and top-secret) equipment being tested.
That’s why we chose an ultra durable, high-grade stainless steel (316L) that has superior corrosion and pitting resistance, and performs extremely well under continuous use. 316L contains less carbon than industry-standard 303 or 304 stainless steel and we avoid contamination during the welding process.
Unlike a dual-wheel caster that features wheels side by side, this caster, rated up to 15,500 lbs., runs with back-to-back wheels that support each other. It rolls on rails that presented a special set of challenges that we overcame.
For example, when the first wheel goes over a small hump on the tracks, the back wheel stays on the ground to keep the load completely flat. See the illustration below to better understand how they work:
Whether you need a custom caster for a unique application, or something more standard, Hamilton can solve any material-handling problem. Let’s talk. Call or email Jim Lippert, vice president of sales, 1-800-733-7655.
It’s no secret that we put our rookie casters through the ultimate gauntlet before they hit the market. We’re happy to report that our latest Enhanced Super Duty (EPSD) swivel casters exceeded expectations and outperformed its predecessors – even at 125% load capacity.
They survived 105 hours and 27,000 rigorous cycles in our testing machine. Now that’s durable. Unlike out in the field where casters have the luxury of rotating 360 degrees, we test ours with 100-degree cycles. This puts tremendous stress on the caster.
Simply put: If a caster can survive our tests, it can handle just about anything in material handling.
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