Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:50 AM  RssIcon

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.

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Monday, October 30, 2017 7:48 AM  RssIcon

If you know the trippy movie Inception, you know that the characters carry totems to make sure they don’t stumble into another character’s dream. One character’s totem is a weighted red die. Another is a spinning tractricoid. Only the totem’s owner knows its distinct weight, balance and feel. If they get caught into someone else’s dream, the totem will feel slightly off in their hands (and the bad guys win).

Why are we babbling about totems? Because we recently produced a custom truck designed to transport a 10,000-pound totem, that’s why. A global satellite provider needed an application to transport proof masses—large metal pieces with known weights used to calibrate instruments.

Mouseover to enlarge. Dolly shown in its casters removed state. Casters can be seen separately in the background

With four swivel casters featuring Ergo-Glide mold on polyurethane wheels, this truck repels foreign objects and debris with quiet vigilance. The caster assemblies are removable so the deck can be stored without putting weight on the casters. Simply jack it up, remove the casters, set it back down, and it’s sleepy time until the next totem ride.

Can you imagine the kind of dreams this truck has? Huge!

Here are the tech specs:

  • Description: Proof mass transport dolly
  • Capacity: 10,000 pounds
  • Deck Size: 110" wide x 135" long
  • Deck Height: Approximately 13"
  • Deck Material: Smooth steel
  • Steering Type: Swivel caster style
  • Running Gear: 4 swivel casters with position locks and 10" diameter Ergo Glide mold-on polyurethane wheels fitted with precision ball bearings. Casters to be mounted on outriggers that are bolted to the side of the dolly frame.
  • Superstructure: None
  • Couplers: Pusher bracket mounting assemblies welded on both front and rear end frames
  • Other:
    • Lifting rings at all 4 corners - to lift empty dolly only
    • 12 tie down rings - 4 on each side frame and 2 on each end frame
    • 4 bolt-on hand operated jacks
    • Side entry fork guides
    • 8 holes in deck with weld nuts on the underside to allow use of 3/4" bolts
  • Finish: Safety yellow epoxy
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Sunday, October 29, 2017 7:47 AM  RssIcon

The next time you’re on a flight and a weird noise makes you contemplate the maintenance performed on your plane, remember this time-lapse video from Virgin Atlantic. It depicts six highly skilled engineers replacing and installing a new Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engine in just 24 hours. It took three separate shifts to pull off this incredible feat before the Airbus A340-600 jet airliner casually taxied out of its London Heathrow hangar and took flight across the Atlantic.

We now interrupt our regularly scheduled blog to nerd out on the features of a Rolls-Royce aero engine:

  • The high-pressure turbine blades each generate approximately 900 horsepower, equivalent to a Formula One car
  • A fan blade can create 1,000 tons of force—same as a freight train hanging from each blade
  • Some Rolls-Royce engines are known to last 40,000 hours before their first overhaul

Okay, we’re back. Don’t you just love to fly?

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Saturday, October 28, 2017 7:44 AM  RssIcon

These days, computer aided design (CAD) is making it easier than ever for manufacturers to drive innovation, value and longevity. But just how did computer modeling develop?

Not unlike the history of the computer, according to this cool History of CAD infographic from our friends at CADENAS PARTsolutions. Although CAD was introduced by Patrick Hanratty in 1957, it took 30 years for pencil and paper to fully go the way of the drafting caveman. Highlights throughout the years include the release of AutoCAD in the 80s, the release of SolidWorks in 1995 and the release in 2015 of Onshape, the first completely cloud based CAD system.

In case you didn’t know, all standard Hamilton casters and wheels come with free downloadable CAD models to integrate with your designs. If you don’t see what you need, our team can help you work on custom engineered applications.

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Friday, October 27, 2017 7:40 AM  RssIcon

They say choosing your Halloween costume is a bit like choosing your alter-ego. If that’s true, then be afraid—be very afraid—of these Hamilton employee photos from Halloweens past.

Clockwise from top left:

VP of Sales Jim Lippert channels his inner Freddy Kruger as he prepares to pounce on an unsuspecting Frankie Tinsley, then production control. She’s now retired. Coincidence?

Ghosts and superhero costumes? That stuff’s for amateurs. Mechanical Design Engineer Jevon Lambright spent his early trick-or-treating days extracting coal as both a miner and a minor.

Director of Business Development Marty Wilson has become a much better dresser since his early days as a cigar-smoking hobo.

Purchasing’s Bernie Warren threatens to take down Senior Engineer Jeff Spektor if he doesn’t finish his design drawings by 5PM.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 1:15 PM  RssIcon

You’ve heard of keeping a low profile? Well consider this custom job one of our stealthier power trips. When a huge energy company in Canada needed to swap a heat exchange pump in one of their nuclear reactors, they turned to Hamilton engineers to custom design a special set of casters each rated to carry 16,000 lbs. The kicker was that the casters also had to meet incredibly low height restrictions.

To swap out the pump, the material handling engineers incorporated a special track system. One side of the casters rode on a track while the other side rode on inverted c-channel to make the exchange. And here’s where things get interesting. The c-channel limited the total width of the caster at the wheel height to 6 ½ inches, so we designed special recessed hardware to get the casters to clear the small channel. Kind of like putting a girdle on when you want to look your skinniest. To meet the low height restrictions and high load requirement, we used a high strength steel for the wheels and tapped our new Maxi-Duty Kingpinless casters with swivel construction.

Who says we can’t roar into tight spaces?

Here are the tech specs:

Special Hamilton Swivel Caster with Double Flanged Track Wheel

Double Flanged Track Wheel:

  • Material: High-strength steel
  • Wheel diameter: A - 6"
  • Face width: S - 6-1/2"
  • Flange diameters: P - 6.9"
  • Face and flanges width: K - 7-1/2"
  • Hub length: H - 8"
  • Hub diameters: M & N - 4-1/2"
  • Bore: Wheel is equipped with tapered bearings and bearing hardware for a 1-1/2" diameter axle

Swivel Caster:

  • Custom Mounting plate: 10" x 10.88"
  • Bolt hole centers: 7.50" x 8.38". Bolt holes are 1-1/8" diameter
  • Overall height: 9” (when equipped with the wheel described above)
  • Capacity: 16,000 lbs. (when equipped with the wheel described above)
  • Special Hamilton Swivel Caster with Forged Steel Wheel with Face Machined Flat (no crown)

Forged Steel Wheel:

  • Material:High Strength Steel
  • Wheel diameter: A - 6"
  • Face width: S - 4"
  • Hub length: 4-1/4"
  • Bore: Wheel is equipped with tapered bearings and bearing hardware for a 1-1/4" diameter axle

Swivel Caster:

  • Custom Mounting plate: 10" x 10.88"
  • Bolt hole centers: 7.50" x 8.38"; bolt holes are 1-1/8" diameter
  • Overall height: 9” (when equipped with the wheel described above)
  • Capacity: 16,000 lbs. (when equipped with the wheel described above)
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 1:14 PM  RssIcon

Dear Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

We hate cancer, but we love you. So to honor you this October, we’ve created one of our very own Colossal fidget spinners in the color of healing, hope and awareness. You may remember back in May when we first started selling these 7.5-inch behemoths, the Hamilton blogosphere blew up with orders. We hope to once again create that same stampede of enthusiasm to show cancer we’ll never stop spinning for the cure. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


Hamilton Caster

Hamilton Colossal fidget spinners are 3D printed, made in the USA and available to purchase for $57.

Get yours now.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:13 PM  RssIcon

Hamilton carts and trailers help customers move giant, heavy things with greater ease and efficiency. It may not be sexy. But it literally helps the world go ‘round.

Take this 30-ton capacity custom truck we recently designed for one of the world’s largest energy and industrial giants. The customer needed a beast of a trailer, tough enough to haul giant transformers for repair at their apparatus service center. Some of the transformers weigh as much as 420,000 lbs. The customer had previously been using rail carts to tote the transformers along railroad tracks. Limiting!

We designed a four-wheel reversible trailer with auto steer and a four-point lift, capable of transporting giant cargo around the service center any which way. Here she is, with her slick safety yellow finish. Isn’t she a beauty, with her towing tongues at both ends? Couldn’t you just look at her all day, while she glides across your factory floor, making heavy lifting look easy and carefree? Don’t you want to take her home to mom?

Here’s her dating profile:

  • Trailer type: Four-wheel reversible auto steer
  • Capacity: 30 tons
  • Deck size: 72” x 168”
  • Deck height: Approximately 27”
  • Tongue height: Approximately 11 ½”
  • Running gear: Dual mounted W-POY-1590-2 press-on poly wheels
  • Towing tongue at both ends, locked vertical when not in use
  • 4-point lifting provision
  • Internal fork pockets
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Monday, September 25, 2017 1:12 PM  RssIcon

We all know that trick of how to get a ship into a bottle, but how do you get one ship onto another ship? You float it, baby.

That’s what the Navy does when they need to collect and transport ships that are damaged and need repair. They’re called float on/float offs (FLO/FLO) and can carry thousands of tons of cargo. These massive ships made news in June, when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan and ripped open the hull, flooding the ship and killing seven sailors. The Navy had to decide whether to fix the ship in place or carry it home for repair.

Watching these submersible vessels do their thing is pretty crazy. First, water is pumped into the ballast tanks throughout the ship’s hull, causing the main deck to partially sink underwater. The cargo ship is then floated into place on the mother ship. Afterwards, everything moves in reverse. Water gets pumped out, and the big ship rises above water again with its load safely positioned.

Simple physics. Staggering scale.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017 1:10 PM  RssIcon

The ROI on character might not be as tangible as, say, your supply chain design. But we think behaviors like integrity, humility and empathy are pretty important to your bottom line.

Here at Hamilton, we try to be a Business of Character every day. First, we get a lot of good ideas from our involvement in both the City of Hamilton Character Committee (Our EVP Steve Lippert is a Chair) and the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati (Our Marketing VP Mark Lippert is a Board of Director). Both organizations promote character citywide to schools, businesses and community organizations through programming, training and events.

Steve Lippert presents a character award to fellow employee Charles Lovett.

Second, we actively promote good character by celebrating our employees. Every month, Hamilton broadcasts a good character trait (punctuality was a recent one) and asks employees to nominate someone who exemplifies that trait. The winner gets a gift card and a chance to gloat all month long. Just kidding. That wouldn’t be good character. But, seriously, folks, how important is it to you that your company leaders practice good character? What’s the trait to end all traits when it comes to A-class character, in your opinion? Share your thoughts and ideas with us.

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