Everything you need to know about Hydraulic Doors for Aviation, Agriculture, Industrial & Architectural use

Business on the Move – The Boom of Non-Structural Buildings and Hydraulic Doors

 In our “point and click” instant gratification world, businesses in all sectors are constantly looking cost saving ways to erect and maintain building structures. Once considered a solution generally geared toward temporary housing and disaster relief, fabric and instant buildings are now surging in the marketplace. (These structures are also called “tensile” buildings because the fabric is stretched by tension.) Constructed using a rigid frame (steel, timber or aluminum), the fabric cover is stretched over the frame and “tensioned” in place to create the stable structural support of the building. The simplicity and stability of these non-structural buildings makes them ideal for countless usages. They can be installed quickly, provide natural light through the fabric, can be climate controlled, easily relocated, and may represent lower operational costs. The flexibility and possibilities are endless. However, finding a technically advanced, safe, secure and economical way to “close” these usually large structures has been a challenge… until now.

 Introducing the Hy-Rise from Hydroswing®. The Hy-Rise high performance door system from Hydroswing® is a large door system designed specifically for the instant and tensile building market. This is the first large door system to overcome the specific challenges associated with non-structural openings. The patent pending Hy-Rise is free-standing with zero dependency on the building structure. This allows the internal gable end profile to be neatly maximized with the corners of the pre-hung frame. The result is a maximum opening width and height whilst maintaining an aesthetic profile of the building. The Hy-Rise renders cost prohibitive sliding, fabric and sectional doors obsolete. 

Like all Hydroswing® Door Systems, the Hy-Rise is pre-hung in its own frame and is capable of extremely high wind loadings. This revolutionary door also has the ability to carry either the fabric system of the building (should that be required) or all the usual cladding used in construction or architecture. This included the use of 26 gage steel and even architectural glass. The door profile allows the curvature of the building’s shape/roof to be maximized without large “jagged” radar-grabbing signatures (important for military considerations) that are present when bottom rolling or fabric doors are needed for external frame support. 

The Hy-Rise door is fully bolt-together with no onsite welding required. We use the latest locking nut technology from Alcoa Fasteners and the Hy-Rise is also the first Hydroswing® to utilize the zero maintenance hinge system.


The tensile and instant building market is prolific in all Hydroswing’s existing sectors including aviation, agriculture, industrial, storage and special purpose, military installations, forward operating bases, vehicle maintenance, drone shelters, sport facilities, and more.  The Hy-Rise incorporates Hydroswing’s many years of experience and knowledge that has made us as an innovator in the hydraulic door market.

 

 

 

 

Total Cost of Ownership – A Hydroswing Door is the Best Long Term Investment for your Hangar

24. November 2015 10:00 by Hydroswing in Aviation , Commercial Doors, Hangar Doors

It’s time to think differently about the cost of your building, and the cost of your door. Statistics prove that for every $1 spent on purchasing for efficiency, the return will be $6 in energy savings — that equates to a 600% return on investment. Hydroswing® is only door investment that will bring that will make that fact a reality.  


So do you think a bifold is a “good value” for you money? WRONG. In reality, the bifold has the highest total cost of ownership of all hangar doors.  With a large number of moving parts, including straps, cables, motors, wires, limit switches, locks, chain, sprockets, carrier bearings, roller wheels, and more, there is a litany of service items.  Bottom line: the bifold is ONLY less expensive on the front end, but it’s a maintenance hog that requires cost upkeep, and ongoing monitoring of the door and the building. The main problem is that cables stretch over time, and straps can over torque if limit switches fail. Without quarterly servicing, high cycling doors will have a very short life span.

 

 The total cost of ownership (TCO) of your hangar or large door system should be evaluated in terms of the following: Total Cost New + Annual Service Costs + Life Span.

The cost of purchasing a bifold is just the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of expense.
An expense that is regularly overlooked is the impact cost of having to build a higher building to accommodate the “wedge” in the clear opening of the hangar to provide the required clear height. This bifold adjustment is (in many cases) 2 to 5 feet of extra all around linear height of building, not just at the door. Often builders need to uplift the whole linear height of the entire hangar.  Your value decision needs careful consideration. General contractors and building companies are becoming aware of the inefficiencies and cost of the bifold and the door is being used less and less in their competitive bidding process.  

When calculating your TCO, choosing a hydraulic single panel door system reduces overall building height, maximizes opening height and width, reduces part counts by up to 95%, reduces servicing costs to almost zero, and delivers a door system which will last the full life of the building. It’s all about quality up front and life and durability of your door. To make a sound investment, avoid a non-engineered, unproven cable replacement offers from bifold manufacturers, call Hydroswing® to retrofit your hangar.  Don’t put a short term fix on a long term problem. The Hydroswing® hydraulic single panel door system is the most cost effective purchase for your hangar and the most bang for your buck on your TCO.  Get it right the first time. Be the King ... Fit a Hydroswing®… for life!

 

 Remember… If it doesn’t come from Hydroswing® — It’s not a Hydroswing®!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydroswing’s Big Doors – Manufacturing Masterpieces


Until Hydroswing, it was hardly conceivable to think of a hydraulic door larger than 100’ (30m), but times they are a changing!  Hydroswing is ramping up the pace and manufacturing and selling big door after big door… up to 150’ (45m) wide and 40’ (12m) tall! Hydroswing® has broken the size barrier and is charging into the large commercial door and industrial door market. 

These gigantic manufacturing masterpieces are creating a revolution in terms of construction possibilities. Total simplicity, sheer strength, ease of use and reduction in moving parts, plus the use of specialty cladding (which makes the door match the thermal characteristics of the building) are among the top reasons customers are looking to Hydroswing® for their big door needs. The sophistication of large single panel hydraulic doors is now part of everyday door use across every sector. In addition to new doors on new buildings, we are also retrofitting gigantic openings and moving walls. With Hydroswing®, very large walls can be converted into useful and cost effective hydraulic doors. With almost 100% seal-ability, this conversion will forever change the face of commercial and industrial structures around the world.

 

 Before the option of Hydroswing’s large and extra-large singe panel hydraulic doors, openings were restricted. Structures with massive needs had to rely on steel rolling doors or sectional applications. The option of a single panel hydraulic door changed everything. The huge opening capacity, teamed with expanded vertical clearance and an almost air-tight seal, the door essentially becomes another wall. In turn, the enhanced building efficiency reduces both costs across the board.  

Hydroswing® is synonymous with quality. From the beginning, our standards have been the highest in the industry.  All Hydroswing® doors are fabricated in ISO 9001 facilities that adhere to the American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 code requirements for welding of structural steel. Unlike other manufacturers, we understand the importance of working within specific codes and with vendors who boast an ISO certification.

 

Hydroswing® is overcoming space and size hurdles in the commercial and industrial sectors at a rapid pace. New projects in the works include a “door within a door” allowing for a smaller single panel installation within the confines of a 150’ (45m) main door allowing a wide array of multi-use possibilities. Hydroswing® is single handedly changing the way people use doors in commercial and industrial settings. Our ability to design and create solutions for large industrial doors and large commercial doors will leave a lasting impact on productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness for any buyer.

 

 

 

 

All Hydro and Half the Swing - Hydroswing Launches a NEW Dual Panel Hydraulic Door

The Hydroswing® Single Panel hydraulic door system is known worldwide for quality and strength. As an industry leader, Hydroswing listened to potential customers who didn't have the room for a “swing out” door system and designed the perfect alternative. Hydroswing has designed a multi-hydraulic Dual Panel door without dangerous cables and straps. Hydroswing® is proud to introduce the revolutionary, but simple, Hydroswing® Dual Panel Door System. “We designed this door primarily for the architectural market,” says Marshal Parker, owner of Hydroswing®. “Swing out space is a concern for some of our customers. For the aviation sector (because of the dynamics and layout of some hangars), it is important to save the space on the taxiway, even at the cost of a little headroom. With over 7,000 single panel door systems now in use around the world, the Dual Panel Hydraulic Door System is an option now as well,” says Parker.

 

This impressive new Dual Panel Hydraulic Door System has all the same Hydroswing® credentials, just half the swing out. All Hydroswing® are supplied “pre hung” in their own tube steel framework for ease of onsite assembly and installation. Like the Hydroswing® Single Panel hydraulic door system, the Dual Panel is supplied with touch-of-a-button opening and closing with excellent sealing and security (as it locks closed through the hydraulic system). Also like the Single Panel, the Hydroswing® Dual Panel Door System can be integrated or retrofitted to any existing building.

 

Both the Hydroswing® Single Panel and Dual Panel hydraulic door systems are useful for an increasingly robust architectural market. Hydroswing® is providing this solution in a horizontal format for several transport industry leaders via new HydroTop truck products (launching in the US in Fall/Winter 2015). With several ISO 9001 fabrication locations in USA, Mexico and Europe, Hydroswing® delivers the most innovative hydraulic Single Panel and Dual Panel doors and wall systems in the world for every use and every sector.

Remember... If it doesn't come from Hydroswing®... It's not a Hydroswing®.

 

 

Bi-Fold Declared Dangerous - The Only Replacement Part for a Bi-fold is a Hydroswing

The bi-fold door is making headlines across Europe… and as usual, it’s bad news. Following a double fatality, the Express Hi Fold Door and Schweiss Hi Folding Doors UK Limited are declared HAZARDOUS by the Health and Safety Executive in Britain!

 

 The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently sent a country-wide letter “to all known users of powered overhead, bi-folding sectional doors manufactured, supplied or installed by Express Hi Fold Doors Limited or Schweiss Folding Doors UK Limited” stating these doors “currently do not have an anti-drop mechanism or other device to prevent the free fall of the door in the event of a drive of suspension failure.”  (An anti-drop mechanism is required by the European Safety Directive and European Standards.)

 

 There is no doubt the BI-FOLD IS A DANGEROUS DOOR! The HSE continues that “Without an anti-drop mechanism or other device, any failure of the drive or suspension system will result in the door free falling. This is clearly very hazardous…”  Further, the HSE recommends “As there is NO anti-drop mechanism or device available, we are writing to all known users to encourage you to TAKE THE DOOR OUT OF SERVICE….. UNTIL IT CAN BE REPLACED.”  The HSE will be enforcing action against those who do not take steps to replace the door.

 


The Hydroswing® Hydraulic Door is a single panel hydraulic door solution that replaces ALL bi-fold doors. We have all safety standards in place and our doors are manufactured at ISO 9001 certified plants and to AWS D1.1 standards.   Our zero drop two-way Hydrolok system assures the door will never fall should there ever be a loss of power. No cables. No pulleys. No straps. NO DANGER.

Click here to watch our video of Hydroswing vs. Bi-fold

 

 We proudly boast over 7,000 Hydroswing® in service and a growing number of bi-fold replacements are coming in on a regular basis. We can retrofit any building or any opening. Let us solve your bi-fold problem today! 

Custom Cladding – The Glass Hydroswing

21. January 2015 16:48 by Hydroswing in Aviation , General, Hangar Doors

Hydroswing® has always been synonymous with innovation. One of the many things that sets the Hydroswing® Hydraulic Door apart from the rest is our ability to completely customize our product, right down to cladding on the door. Enter the “glass Hydroswing®,” one of our most famous doors located at the McClellan–Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California.


This masterpiece was designed and manufactured to replace a fabric door on one of the airport’s private hangars. Constructed with several tons of laminated glass, this magnificent door was built to showcase the aircraft displayed behind this 100% glass covered 63 ft. x 18 ft. single panel hydraulic door. Visually breathtaking, this glass door is just the tip of the iceberg as to what Hydroswing can do. This dramatic display would never have been possible with a bifold, fabric or roll up door.  Click here to watch the door in action!

 

This unique door is pre hung in its own S257 steel frame is built to ISO 9001 standards and American Welding Society D1.1 certified. The steel is shot blasted and primed in Carboline Primer 890 which is a highly chemical resistant epoxy mastic coating that is abrasion resistant. In addition, this door is constructed with Hydroswing’s own patented bow truss ensuring strength and stability. To round out the perfection of this hydraulic glass door is Hydroswing’s use of premium lines, hoses and connectors.

 

The Hydroswing® hydraulic door can be clad to match the thermal characteristics of any building, or can be created or adapted to almost any design idea. Your hangar door can seamlessly blend to your existing building, or make a powerful statement with custom cladding. The Hydroswing is effective, safe, and can be manufactured in sizes up to 150’(45.0 m) wide  X 40’(12.0 m) high. Our hydraulic door can be retrofitted to everything from commercial aviation facilities to private airplane and helicopter hangars.


Simplicity, strength, ease of use and reduction in moving parts, plus use of customized cladding are among the top reasons customers are making the switch to Hydroswing®. The Hydroswing® team has the “out-of-the-box” thinking it takes achieve lofty door goals. Once again, Hydroswing’s simple and efficient one-piece design is the only choice for the most innovative of applications.

 

Hydroswing – Versatile by Design

Versatile is defined as “being capable of or adapted for many different uses.” Versatile can also be defined as Hydroswing®.  After years of research, innovation and progress, Hydroswing has swept the hydraulic door market. There is no limit to what we can do. The Hydroswing® door system adds strength where others cannot, adds reliability where others are unable, provides superior headroom, precision workmanship, strength and reliability when it counts. Our sizing selection offers options and versatility that other systems can’t and we hit the target 100% of the time.


The “Small” Hydroswing®


Our “small” Hydroswing® hydraulic door is considered any door under 35 feet (10.66m) in width. Our small doors have been widely used for T-hangars, box hangars and at small airparks. Also ideal for storage of all kinds, including farms and ranches, or the residential user.  Think custom garage, shed, workshop, small feed storage, movable walls and more.

 

 

The “Medium” Hydroswing®


Our “medium” Hydroswing® hydraulic door is considered any door that measures 35 feet (10.66m) to 65 feet (19.81m).  Ideal for airplane or helicopter hangars, machine shops, grain and feed storage, biomass, and more.

 

 

The “Large” Hydroswing®


Our “large” Hydroswing® hydraulic door is considered any door that measures 65 feet (19.81m) to 95 feet (28.95m). We are true specialists in the large and extra-large and XXL door markets. This is our most popular door for commercial aviation and specialty use. Think all areas of industry including mining, agriculture and aviation.

 

The “Extra Large” Hydroswing®


Our “extra-large” Hydroswing® hydraulic door is considered any door that measures 95 feet (28.95m) to 119 feet (36.27m). We manufacture a hydraulic door that is strong, efficient and tested for quality assurance. The Hydroswing® is being used around the world on commercial buildings, commercial aviation hangars, specialty and other industrial uses.

 

The “XXL” Hydroswing®


Our “XXL” jumbo Hydroswing® hydraulic door is considered any door that measures over 120 feet (36.57m). It takes a specific knowledge to manufacture a door of this magnitude and we are proud to have these doors in use worldwide.

 

The Hydroswing® single panel hydraulic door system delivers on all criteria – strength, adaptability, seal-ability, wind loading, and expanded headroom. Size is never an issue for Hydroswing and we do it all with 70% less moving parts than a traditional bifold door. We boast a higher degree of safety since our doors have no rails or pulleys. Hydroswing® is also 100% more secure than fabric and has been tested to 200 mph in wind load testing. Our doors our manufactured to ISO 9001/ American Welding Society D1.1 standards.

Any size, any place…Hydroswing® is THE large door system of choice around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Obsolete Hangar Door Doesn’t Mean an Obsolete Hangar

15. November 2014 14:25 by Hydroswing in Aviation , Hangar Doors

In many instances the useful service life of a hangar is defined by the economic viability of replacing a malfunctioning or out-of-date bifold or roller door. Today in aviation, the value proposition is extremely important when balancing the choice of a new build or the retrofit of an older structure. The frame of the hangar may live for many years, so there’s no reason the hangar door can’t produce the same structural stability and longevity. The addition of a new Hydroswing hydraulic door transforms your hangar and extends the life of your building.

Failed bifold is being cut up getting ready for a new Hydroswing door

Hydroswing is constantly bringing new life to perfectly good but aged, airfield and privately owned hangars. By removing the old and obsolete rolling sectionals or a potentially dangerous bifold door and replacing it with the simple, pre hung single panel Hydroswing® hangar door, the hangar is revitalized at a fraction of the cost of a new build. With no impact to the existing building structure, easy installation (usually only one day), very low maintenance costs, increased overhead space and  70% fewer moving parts than most aircraft hangar doors, Hydroswing is quickly becoming the number one replacement door in the world.

Delivered hung in its own frame the Hydroswing® hydraulic door is easy to retro fit or install in a new build.


Dust is a constant enemy to systems in aviation and industry. Old and outdated doors that have issues with sealing correctly causing a negative impact on the hangar as whole. Retrofitting an existing structure with the modern, sophisticated and almost 100% sealable Hydroswing® dramatically reduces dust content, allowing aircraft owners, MRO and service center operations to update ailing hangars. The Hydroswing creates a well-sealed and protected aircraft space, especially in desert or high wind borne debris environments.

 

You won’t lose head room either, the Hydroswing door is extremely space efficient!

Hangars are large spaces to heat or cool and temperature loss via existing damaged or aged bifold sections are inefficiencies that can be addressed simply by replacing the door. In addition, Hydroswing can easily clad or treat the new hydraulic door with exactly the same thermal properties as the rest of your building, especially important when calculating cost of ownership and in life ownership service costs of the overall structure.

 Glass clad Hydroswing® door next to a fabric curtain door

Even when the building is replaced, the Hydroswing® can be unbolted and refitted to a new build easily with minimal effort. The Hydroswing® is truly, “restoration door hardware” for existing hangars. With a Hydroswing, your hangar is never obsolete. Don’t be defined by your old door, fit a Hydroswing® single panel hangar door to your facility today. Strong, secure, powerful, with minimal in life service costs and “touch of a button” ease of opening, the Hydroswing makes any hangar modern. When looking at the costs associated with hangar ownership, “re dooring” your existing hangar with a state-of-the-art hydraulic door may be the best option. Hydroswing is the original and still best hydraulic hangar door on the market.

 

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Hydroswing Then and Now – Always Raising the Bar Higher

 

 

Hydraulics are always evolving. Hydroswing® is always evolving. Back in the day, operators turned a crank to raise and lower cable lift dump trucks.  Enter hydraulics and the dynamics of the dump truck are transformed.  A horizontal hydraulic ram and lever simplified and changed an entire industry. And so it is with the Hydroswing® single panel hydraulic door.  It won’t be long before slider, roller and bifold doors go by the way of the cable lift dump truck. Door systems have been transformed by the power of hydraulics: simple and reliable solutions for any and every door problem.

 


Hydroswing® was born in agriculture. Farmers needed easy, reliable doors for sheds, barns and production facilities.  They didn’t want to worry about pulleys, straps and broken parts. The early Hydroswing® doors were medium (comparatively speaking) in size, yet always extremely efficient, and farmers believed and trusted the fluid power and simplicity of hydraulics. Hydroswing® was on the move.

 

1998 the first Hydroswing door.


The DNA of the modern day Hydroswing® was built in agriculture but quickly evolved to include all sectors. With over 7,000 sold to date in aviation, agriculture, industry and architectural market sectors, the future holds endless possibilities.  Technological advancements and cutting edge design have made Hydroswing® the industry leader.  Today’s Hydroswing® single panel hydraulic door replaces almost all door systems with strength, efficiency, value, aesthetics, reduced maintenance and versatility.        

 

2014 ISO 9001/AWS D1.1 compliant Hydroswing doors rolling out of the factory complete in their epoxy Carboline Primer 890 paint after shot blasting.


Over the years, as budgets around the world became leaner and with higher sensitivity to re-use and maintenance, Hydroswing® found a way to produce the same high quality doors at a lower price. In all critical environments, less moving parts usually means greater ease of use, less cost of ownership, lower in life service costs, ease of local repair in the event of failure, simplicity of understanding and ease of replacement of old and unserviceable former doors.


The Hydroswing® single panel door system, like no other on the market paves the way to expand and grow in a market which is late to change and react.  By changing the way new and existing buildings function via implementation of the Hydroswing® it will lead to new efficiencies in building and wall designs.

 

Airbus A380 paint booth. The cycle reliability of the Hydroswing system paid for itself in months.

 

Once produced only in the United States, Hydroswing® is now fully fabricated and engineered in ISO 9001 facilities worldwide. Evolution is a natural process, and Hydroswing is a natural selection for all your door needs from 10’ wide to 150’ wide and now up to 45’ tall.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The History of Hydraulics – Still Going Strong

The word “hydraulic” comes from the Greek ‘hydra’ which refers to water and ‘aulos’ which means pipes.  Science historians believe that hydraulics (in an extremely basic form) originated in the Greek civilization two millennia ago.  The mathematician, Archimedes, reasoned that “a floating or immersed body must be acted upon an upward force equal to weight of the liquid that it displaces.”

As time passed, science improved, technology was beginning to take shape and ways to effectively use hydraulic energy were being discovered.  It all began with how water physically behaved at rest or in motion, and evolved from how to generate power with water at the source, to how to generate power at different points of use. Soon, the concept of transmitting power by putting fluids under pressure changed the face of engineering.  

In the late 17th century, the study of using oil in hydraulics started to get some legs. French mathematician, Blaise Pascal, created at law in fluid mechanics stating “that pressure exerted anywhere in a confined incompressible fluid is transmitted equally in all directions throughout the fluid such that the pressure variations (initial differences) remain the same.” This became known as Pascal’s Law and created the fundamentals for the science of hydraulics.

 

Enter English inventor Joseph Bramah. Based on Pascal’s Law, Bramah invented the hydraulic press. His understanding of the relationship between force, pressure and area forever changed engineering and industry.  Bramah demonstrated that pressure throughout a closed system is constant and he was granted a patent for his product in 1795. By the time Britain’s industrial revolution hit in 1850, hydraulics were being used in a multitude of industries.  The twentieth century saw fluid power through hydraulic replacing electrical systems and the rest, as they say, is history.  


Greenham Common used hydraulic doors to seal in safety and seal out nuclear blast. Opened in 1942, it was used by both the Royal Air Force in WW II and most famously by the US Air Force as a major Cold War Nuclear Strike Base. From late 1967, Greenham Common was used for NATO operations in deterrence of the Eastern Block countries. The missile bunkers seen here were designed with their hydraulic doors to withstand the local airbursting of a point strike on the West’s front line deterrent from the East, showing the unique ability of the Hydraulic door system to carry strength and integrity to such a level… and they are still in existence today for all to see as part of the Cold War history.

 

Today, Hydroswing® is proud to be the pioneer in hydraulic doors. Our superior technology has allowed us to engineer single panel hydraulic doors that replace doors with mechanical and electrical drives.  We have taken hydraulic door systems to the next level and are changing the world one door at time. Don’t you want to be a part of our door revolution?