Casters Help Quench Thirst in the Nation's Capital
When a leak paralyzed a tunnel that carries drinking water from a treatment plant to downtown Washington D.C., Hamilton Caster kicked into gear. To keep the water flowing, our casters have been deployed to a year-long repair mission.
As early as next March, construction workers will use our casters to install more than 800 feet of steel-pipe lining to revive the damaged tunnel. Sections of the 6-foot piping will carefully be lowered underground, then attached to dollies equipped with our S-SEC-63DT70 casters that have 6" x 3" Duralast® XC wheels. Once inside the tunnel, the pipes will roll on our dolly assembly, and the crew will mount them into place.
The biggest challenge of the operation (aside from the pressure to supply reliable drinking water to millions of people), is fitting nearly 1,000 feet of steel pipe into a narrow tunnel, said Richard Feliciano, design engineer for Corman Construction.
The construction team is on target for a September 2012 completion. When they're done, the tunnel will be disinfected and put back into service.
Lug 40,000 lbs. with our New Caster Series. No Sweat.
Even the most colossal loads won't make our new Ultra Maxi-Duty (UMD) casters buckle. Each caster carries a load rating up 40,000 lbs. – enough to haul a couple fighter jets. Now customers can move more with less, and simplify designs and lower maintenance costs.
We receive custom-caster requests every year from aerospace manufacturers, defense contractors and ship builders who need special designs to move some of the biggest products on the planet. Because these requests have steadily increased, our engineers started with a clean state to construct a build-ready caster that could haul even larger loads.
Specs for the Caster Nerd
- • The mounting plate is an immense 14" by 14", and 1" thick
- • For smooth swiveling, the main load-bearing assembly has two massive precision thrust bearings
- • The first thrust bearing is 13" in diameter for a 234,000-lb. load rating
- • The second is 7" in diameter and rated at 100,000 lbs.
- • A third 1-1/2" highly specialized four-point contact bearing completes the assembly and combines with the thrust bearings to swivel easily under extreme loads
- • Three wheel types offered: Poly press-on, forged steel and Nylast
- • We offer single wheel and dual-wheel versions, and all models are backed by our three-year product warranty
Learn More About the Highest-Capacity Caster on the Market
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Round About: The Art of Moving a 340-Ton Rock
People have done some crazy things in the name of art. Although hauling a 21-foot tall, 680,000-lb. boulder through an urban wasteland might not be as wild as implanting a camera in the back of your head, it's pretty out there.
The project is part of Michael Heizer's "Land Art" movement, which uses natural landscapes as art canvases. His latest specimen? A 340-ton rock from a quarry in Riverside County that will sit atop a 456-foot long, 15-foot deep trench at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The problem is getting it to the museum.
Because the two-story rock could damage roads and cripple power lines, the museum hired Emmert International, specialists in hauling massive loads, to transport the beast. The museum's executive director compared it to moving pyramids in Egypt.
To move the boulder, the crew will use an enormous modular tractor (295 feet long by 27 feet wide) that sprawls across three highway lanes. The rig, equipped with 22 axles with individual brakes for a total of 196 wheels, requires a crew of 12 to operate.
Nine Nights to Travel 60 Miles
Because of L.A. traffic, it normally takes 90 minutes to reach downtown from the quarry. But because the tractor slugs along at just 5 miles per hour, it will take nine nights.
As of yet, the boulder hasn't begun its journey. Delays have plagued the move because the rock still needs to comply with building codes and seismic safety standards. But for now, the museum team is hopeful their $10 million exhibit will be ready for display at the end of November.
For more on the project, check out the Smithsonian.
The Big Number: 200 Pounds of Easy Truck Hauling
Prior to switching from Superlast polyutherane wheels to our Ultralast® wheels, it took workers at an automotive plant more than 600 lbs. of force to move 15,000-lb. trucks. That meant more workplace strains and injuries, and lost productivity. After the upgrade, it took just 200 pounds of force to shift the 8-ton, diesel-guzzling behemoths. Those pesky ergonomics problems vanished and productivity increased.
We're always happy to recommend solutions to tricky situations. This distributor's customer is now willing to pay more for easier-rolling wheels, and everyone came out a winner.
If you think one of your customers could benefit from a wheel swap, give us a call and pick our brains. 1-888-699-7164
Four Myths That Plague the Modern Workplace
In a recent blog post on the Harvard Business Review, author Tony Schwartz details four destructive myths that many companies live by.
- 1. We must multitask to succeed. Schwartz debunks this myth because as humans, we're not very effective while doing more than one thing at once. When we do, it takes 25 percent longer to finish the primary task. His solution? Focus on one goal at a time, even if it might seem more difficult than multitasking.
- 2. High anxiety equals big returns. We don't think straight when we're anxious. Out goes creative thinking, and in comes impulsive decision-making. Anxiety is a negative emotion that yields negative results. The workplace needs less anxiety and more positive energy for better results.
- 3. You can't teach creativity. Most company cultures harbor analytic, deductive thinking of the left hemisphere. But to ignite creativity, it's the right hemisphere we need to pay attention to. The right hemisphere is all about visual thinking and big picture capabilities, which are teachable, as long as the company culture promotes this type of thinking.
- 4. Longer hours mean better work. He characterizes this myth as the most destructive of all. Humans aren't wired to work at high speeds for prolonged time periods. We need time to renew energy. Working 60-hour work weeks leads to high burnout, and lower results.
For more details on these corporate myths, check out his blog post.
How to Use Your Cell Phone in the Business World
We live in an age dominated by smart phones and tablets. While their use increases exponentially, mobile manners have seemingly decreased. Here's how to use this technology without ticking off your co-worker, prospect, or anyone.
- • Don't take a personal call in a meeting. And if you have your phone on you, make sure it's on silent. Even vibrate can be a distraction.
- • Avoid texting or using your phone during face-to-face conversation. When you're chatting with someone in person, it's considered rude to whip out your phone.
- • Keep the personal topics private. If it's a private manner, there's no reason anyone should overhear you.
- • Maintain a 10-foot buffer. Try to keep a distance of about 10 feet from the nearest person when you're on the phone.
- • Don't multitask on the phone. Whether you're on Facebook or handling business while talking, you'll sound distracted.
- • Ditch the dropped call blame game. Everyone's phone can drop a call. If you tell the person you were talking to "Your phone dropped the call," it might make them feel bad.
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