New Hamilton aerospace shock absorbing casters offer good vibrations

Monday, July 31, 2017 11:32 AM  RssIcon

Ready to crush downtime while protecting your most precious cargo?

Hamilton is proud to introduce our new aerospace 3-series shock absorbing casters. Targeted for mobilizing critical aerospace applications, these casters provide outstanding vibration and shock absorption, reduce noise levels and go easy on floors. They also extend caster, wheel and bearing life, too.

What’s the secret sauce? Two things, actually.

First, the new casters use our latest Spinfinity™ maintenance-free kingpinless platform, which boasts extra thick forgings and swivel technology for superior durability over the life of the casters. The top plate and inner raceway are one forged steel piece, providing unmatched strength for shock conditions. Raceways are CNC-machined and then hardened to a uniform depth. Together, both processes assure a smoothly swiveling caster under extreme loads. Game on for the industry’s best three-year product warranty.

Second, unibody spring housing provides up to 200% greater spring travel (see below for specifics) and substantially wider operating capacity range, as compared to our standard line.

Hamilton’s 3-series covers the most popular top plate sizes, with five resilient tread wheel choices across six different diameters:

  • AE Workhorse: 4 x 5 mounting plate (2” wide wheels)
  • AE Heavy Service: 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 (2” wide wheels), Both Workhorse & Heavy Service provide up to 66% greater spring travel and a wider operating capacity range than standard line
  • AE ForgeMaster: 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 (3” wide wheels), up to 200% greater spring travel and a wider operating capacity range than standard line

These casters can be easily modified to meet many custom spec. When ordering, keep in mind that spring-loaded casters have minimum capacity requirements for the spring action to work properly. You should never overload a spring-loaded caster because it will vaporize the shock-absorbing benefits.

When you’re ready to spring-load your productivity, our engineers will be ready to meet all your special applications.

Check out the New Aerospace Product Line

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Turn up the heat: new high-temp casters and wheels won’t sweat it

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 Scorcher to the uber premium Ultratherm™. These wheels come in a variety of diameters and are temperature rated between 475 and 570 degrees Fahrenheit.

Scorcher 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 Scorcher, 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 Scorcher 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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New Hamilton motorized carts love a good power trip

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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New DuraGlide Wheels Keep Cool Under Pressure, Outperform Other Polys

Thursday, October 29, 2015 3:31 PM  RssIcon

Hamilton Caster is pleased to announce the release of a new polyurethane tread wheel series: DuraGlide.

DuraGlide wheels roll up to 40% easier than most other polyurethanes, perform well at higher speeds, and represent Hamilton’s top-performing poly for moist and outdoor applications.

Designed for extra-heavy loads, the new wheel features a 1-inch thick tread of dynamically responsive polyurethane molded to a heavy-duty cast iron core.

Because heat buildup is the number one reason most poly wheels fail, Hamilton engineers specially formulated DuraGlide to run much cooler than other models. The thicker 1” tread also reduces heat stress on the bond line, and lowers the internal forces of the material.

Resists damaging UV rays and moisture

For popular outdoor applications, DuraGlide features a superior resistance to the sun’s damaging UV rays. And, it’s virtually impervious to moisture.

On the inside, a new thick-tread profile provides less stress fatigue, which results in a wheel that outlasts and outperforms other similar polyurethane models.

A lower cost alternative to Hamilton’s premium Super Ultralast® wheels, DuraGlide wheels are well suited for applications in heavy manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, military, ground support and food manufacturing.

Guaranteed for 3 years – maintenance free

Now available in the majority of Hamilton’s forged steel, heavy-duty casters, DuraGlide wheels also qualify for our industry-leading, three year warranty.

They’re available in various sizes including 6, 8, 10, and 12-inch diameters with load capacities ranging from 1,600 – 8,000 pounds per wheel. Most sizes ship 24-48 hours with Hamilton’s PRONTO® shipping.

DuraGlide features maintenance-free, double sealed precision ball bearings standard. Available optionally: tapered roller bearings, straight/needle-type, or even plain shaft with keyways for drive applications.

For unique applications, we can mold DuraGlide’s dynamic poly to other cast iron, forged steel or aluminum centers to finished sizes ranging from 3.5 to 25-inch diameters.

Visit the DuraGlide product page for additional specs and information.

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Hamilton Crushes Downtime with New No-Maintenance Casters

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 7:30 AM  RssIcon

Hamilton Caster is proud to introduce Spinfinity™ - a new line of heavy duty maintenance-free casters. Incorporated into the swivel kingpinless construction is special cnc-machining to host a large internal seal. The seal is made from Nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) and is completely enclosed inside the swivel assembly. With no outside exposure, the swivel assembly is well suited to keep grease in and contaminants out.

As is customary with Hamilton, the Spinfinity casters boast extra thick forgings and proven kingpinless swivel technology for superior durability over the life of the casters. The top plate and inner raceway are one forged steel piece, not a weldment, providing unmatched strength for shock conditions. The raceways are CNC-machined and then hardened to a uniform depth. These processes assure a smoothly swiveling caster under heavy loads. All of this adds up to Spinfinity® carrying the industry’s best three-year product warranty.

“The grease fittings are gone!” explained Jeff Spektor, the lead designer of Spinfinity. “With the permanent seals in the swivel raceway and the wheel hub, grease fittings are no longer required.”

The benefits of the Spinfinity casters are also in direct alignment with Hamilton’s own lean principles employed throughout their manufacturing operations. “With Spinfinity casters now available, time spent maintaining casters is actually waste”, remarked Dave Lippert, Hamilton’s President. “Maintenance can now spend time on other equipment to support manufacturing uptime and other value-add activities. Any equipment that is reliable and maintenance-free supports lean principles.” And there is no more bending and twisting to lubricate hard to reach casters and wheels.

Like all Hamilton forged steel casters, the new Spinfinity Maintenance-Free casters are manufactured in Hamilton, Ohio USA and stocked for PRONTO® Same Day or Next Day Shipment. The Spinfinity lineup is offered in three popular heavy duty series:

  • The ZFWH Series features 2” wide wheels, the industry’s most popular 4”x5” mounting plate, and is rated up to 2500 lbs. per caster.
  • The ZFHS Series also features 2” wide wheels but with a larger 4-1/2” x 6-1/4” mounting plate and carries up to 3000 lbs. per caster making this the highest rated maintenance-free kingpinless caster in its class.
  • The ZFFM Series rounds out the Spinfinity lineup and offers 3” wide wheels with the same 4-1/2” x 6-1/4” mounting plate and is rated up to 3200 lbs. per caster.

All Spinfinity™ Series casters are finished in red crimson and wheel bearings are exclusively double sealed precision ball bearings. Select from ten different wheel choices and in-stock swivel lock and brake options.

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.

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Website Overhaul Gets Friendly with Customers

Monday, June 29, 2015 3:43 PM  RssIcon just got a whole lot better – thanks to you. We rolled out our new product page design, which makes finding the right caster and wheel for the job quick and easy.

To do so, Hamilton conducted user studies with our customers. In English, that means we talked to engineers and distributors, and watched their screens while they operated our current website.

We learned what you like – the style, detailed product information and the product finder (once you found it). On the flipside, we heard you loud and clear when you told us it felt crowded, and took a few too many clicks to track down the perfect caster.

Here are some of the new features:

Product finder migrates north

where you can’t miss it. The new version now lives at the top of the page, instead of tucked away on a sidebar. A cleaner, expanded view makes it easy to select features like wheel diameter, floor type and capacity.

Tabbed view won’t torture your eyes.

With hundreds of caster and wheel combinations, our old product selection tables intimidated even the most seasoned reps. A new tabbed design fixes that. Only interested in swivel no-maintenance casters? Hit the swivel tab. Searching for metal wheels with precision bearings? Click the corresponding tab. Your eyes will thank you.

Speedy category view.

You know the job demands super high load capacities, and you want to quickly compare our Super Duty models. Now you can click “open category” to view all casters in a series, sorted by load capacity.

The results of this click-tracking test helped us make more user friendly.

Room to breathe.

Through research, many engineers and caster distributors said our product pages felt "claustrophobic.” The new look lightens things up, without sacrificing critical information like features and specs, mounting plate dimensions and wheel choices. It’s not magic, but better use of space.

There's much more to experience so please explore.! Thanks again for the feedback, and we hope you enjoy the new website. Tell us in the comments, or drop us a line to let us know how we did.

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Spinfinity™ No-Maintenance Kingpinless Casters. No Downtime.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 10:35 AM  RssIcon

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:

  • Swivels smoothly under extreme loads up to 3,200 pounds.
  • Keeps grease in, and protects against debris and foreign objects.
  • Withstands brutal shock loading that wears down, or crushes less-durable casters.
  • And handles abusive side forces that shred other models on the market.

“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.

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See Our Downtime Crushing Caster at PROMAT 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015 9:05 AM  RssIcon

Introducing SpinfinityTM, the Real Deal with Maintenance Free.

PROMAT Booth #1934.

Are junky, high-maintenance casters wrecking your assembly line and bottom line? We feel your pain. That's why we built Spinfinity, the most durable maintenance-free, kingpinless caster.

Stop by our booth at PROMAT for a close look at the only 100% maintenance-free caster that lasts a lifetime. Ask for Dave, Marty, Steve, or Mark. They'll fill you in on Spinfinity's massive kingpinless raceway and rubber seal, which keep grease in, and debris out.

Spinfinity: No grease.

No maintenance. No downtime.

Meet Hamilton's Ergonomic Superstars.

Sure, Hamilton builds the toughest casters. But we also lead the industry with ergonomic innovations, which can prevent workplace injuries and costly downtime.

ErgoGlide XT Wheels

  • 1" thick, extra-resilient poly molded to a heavy-duty cast iron core
  • 30% more capacity than standard ErgoGlide
  • Minimal force to startup/maintain force can prevent musculoskeletal injuries

Ergo-Designed Central Braking System

  • A large, convenient brake pedal directly in front of the operator
  • No more hunting for a brake mounted on each caster
  • Available on new models, or can be retrofitted onto existing carts
  • Patent pending

Ergonomic Swivel2 Technology

  • Greatly reduces the force required to move a cart in tight spaces, or when a swivel caster is not in a trailing position
  • Eliminates injury risk and improves efficiency
  • Patent pending, available this summer
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New Enhanced Maxi-Duty Casters Ride Low, Haul 20 Ton

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 8:07 AM  RssIcon

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 dual wheel forged steel wheels for heavy manufacturers who need to boost load capacities without increasing overall height. The forged steel wheels are precision CNC-machined with a slight crown for improved rollability and swiveling, then clear-coated for a beautiful pristine appearance.

A hybrid of Hamilton’s Maxi-Duty and Ultra Maxi-Duty lines, the new EMD2 series packs a small mounting plate paired with a massive swivel construction.

The common mounting plate size (8 ½ by” 8 ½”) makes it easy to swap out existing casters with EMD2.

The mounting plate is 5/8” thick joined with a 1” thick swivel base. The legs are ¾” thick and welded continuously inside and outside the swivel base. The main load bearing is an immense 7” diameter thrust ball bearing while the secondary load bearing is a 1-1/4” precision tapered roller bearing to counteract radial thrust.

The new series is offered in wheel diameters starting from dual 8” x 3” wheels rated @ 28,000 lbs. up to dual 12” x 4” wheels rated @ 40,000 lbs. Our customers didn’t waste any time enhancing their heavy operations with EMD2. Some of the first models ever built have already been deployed by the Department of Energy.

Check out our EMD2 product page to learn more about our rugged new casters.

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Introducing Colossus, Hamilton’s 200-Ton Toting Casters

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 4:26 PM  RssIcon

At Hamilton, we’re known for the toughest casters on the planet – and now, one of the biggest. Meet Colossus, a series of four 100,000-pound capacity casters we designed and custom built for a federal contractor.

Fully assembled, each caster towers 52 inches above the factory floor and weighs more than 8,000 pounds. Together, they represent Hamilton’s highest payload capacity ever: 200 tons.

VIDEO: Witness the Birth of Colossus










“Everything about this job was colossal,” said Ralph Stampfli, Hamilton Caster’s truck team leader. “From the springs to the ball bearings. We even had to use a 30-ton crane, 6,000-pound forklift and 3/8th-inch chain just to move it out of our factory.”

A legendary load capacity is only part of what makes Colossus, well, colossal. Here are some of its unique, super-sized features:

  • Integrated towing system for steering weighs 4,500 pounds
  • Spring-loaded suspension system absorbs shock
  • Extreme duty press-on tires (36-inch diameter)
  • Eight-position swivel lock for directional control
  • Oscillating axle for uneven floors
  • Foot-operated braking system

No Job Too Colossal for Hamilton

“This is what Hamilton Caster does,” said Dustin Manz of Service Caster Corporation, the distributor that sold the casters. “They are the best out there as far as custom products go, and we needed that on this project. They really came through in a big way.”

“We’re very proud of Colossus,” said Mark Lippert, vice president of marketing. “It embodies everything we stand for: innovation, durability, precise engineering, and, of course, Made in America.”

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