Revolution
Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:30 PM  RssIcon

Deep below our factory, the concrete basement rumbles and deafening thuds echo against the foam-padded doors.

This isn’t an insane asylum. Instead, it’s home to Hamilton’s infamous torture track, where we pit our ultra-durable casters against the competition.

“Shock loading, uneven floors, abusive forklift drivers, debris – the list goes on. We simulate it all.”

How It Works: Prove Your Mettle

For starters, we hook casters up to a circular track that’s lined with common factory obstacles, like uneven surfaces and debris. Next, we overload them – up to 20% over their load rating. Finally, we run them around the track to see how they perform under the kinds of pressures you would find in heavy industry.

“We know that in the real world, casters take one heck of a beating way beyond their rated specs,” said Mark Lippert, Hamilton’s vice president of marketing. “Shock loading, uneven floors, abusive forklift drivers, debris – the list goes on. We simulate it all.”

 

The Mercy Rule in Full Effect

Our testing results continue to shock even the most seasoned engineers.

“Just last week we tested a competitor’s latest model at about 200 pounds over its rated capacity,” said Jeff Spektor, Hamilton’s engineering manager. “It lasted 22 minutes before it began to break apart.”

By comparison, our casters ran for two days before we purposely stopped the test. As for why Hamilton still uses the torture track, while many manufacturers consider it dated?

“It’s just one of many tests we run to make sure we continue to build the absolute toughest casters,” said Lippert. “And frankly, we’re not afraid to see how we stack up to our competitors. That’s how we make smarter, safer and even more durable products.”

Want to see the torture track in action? Email or call Mark Lippert (513-454-2642) to schedule a tour. Just be sure to bring ear plugs. Loud is an understatement.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:09 PM  RssIcon

Before astronauts land on Mars and take an even bigger step for mankind, they’ll need a little help from Hamilton on Earth.

NASA enlisted our dual-wheel, solid pneumatic casters to help build and test a new landing vehicle called the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD).

Hamilton’s 21-inch casters with dual-tread contact brakes helped safely transport the precious cargo into place for a test launch on June 28, 2014. Get a view of them at the 8-second mark and see them in action at 1:35.

With the LDSD’s supersonic technology, NASA can launch a crew-filled capsule from space into Mars. And, to compensate for the planet’s incredibly thin atmosphere, slow the vessel from speeds greater than the speed of sound to about 200 mph.

Mark Adler, project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, beamed over the test mission’s success.

"The test vehicle worked beautifully, and we met all of our flight objectives,” he said. “We’ve recovered all the vehicle hardware and data recorders and will be able to apply all of the lessons learned from this information to our future flights."

To learn more about the test flight and future missions to Mars, jet on over to NASA.gov

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:37 PM  RssIcon

When Google expands its Big Apple footprint, it rolls forward with Hamilton.

The search giant is using our extra heavy-duty rigid casters to crown a New York City stronghold with a swank, state-of-the-art rooftop terrace.

Set for completion later this year, the company’s architects have dreamed up the kind of innovative outdoor lounge you’d expect only from Google. Custom, modern wooden chairs and sofas sit on rails so employees can easily glide from sun to shade.

That’s where you’ll find Hamilton.

“These are the heaviest casters I’ve ever seen,” said Wigens Lindor of the Rosenwatch Group, the company crafting the furniture. “We needed weather-resistant wheels durable enough to roll under thousands of pounds and constant stress. Hamilton delivered.”

The forged steel, rigid construction allows each caster to support up to 2,600 pounds with minimal rolling resistance. Simply put: Even the scrawniest Googlers can feel like the Hulk while sliding oversized deck chairs across the rooftop.

“Google is practically ingrained in our DNA,” said Mark Lippert, Hamilton’s vice president of marketing. “It’s pretty cool that one of the world’s most admired and innovative companies is breaking new ground with Hamilton.”

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