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

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®!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Simple… Replace your Bifold Door. It’s Dangerous.

More and more, the news about bifolds is bad. After multiple deaths in the U.S. and Europe, it won’t be long before the bifold is banned for good. Because of the way the majority of bifolds are built, there is no anti-drop mechanism or other device to prevent the door from from free-falling if there is a failure in the drive or suspension mechanism. Clearly, this is a hazard and has proven fatal in some door accidents.

Recently, two people were killed in the in the U.K. where a bifold dropped. This prompted an investigation by the Health & Safety Executive who determined the door hazardous. In April of 2014, a man was killed in Minnesota after being wrapped around an unprotected lower winding shaft (See the article here: http://cbsloc.al/1kw0wyr.) As long ago as 2002, according to OSHA and the US Department of Labor a death occurred because of a bifold door. “Apparently because the saddle clamps had been installed improperly. One cable, immediately adjacent to the loosened cable was missing entirely, and the door began moving downward on the right side. The tilting caused the door roller to come out of its track. The lower portion of the door then struck an Employee.” (See the report here: http://1.usa.gov/1DvHhiT.) It’s evident that several bifold manufacturers continue to operate without even the slightest compliance or self-governance.

 

Technology has moved on from wires, cables, pulleys and straps. The world is becoming simpler and safer. Hydraulic doors will soon be the only logical choice for not only aviation, but for agriculture, architecture and mining sectors as well. From a safety perspective, by its very nature, the bifold door is outdated and dangerous.

The Hydroswing® Hydraulic Door is a single panel hydraulic door solution that replaces ALL bifold 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. 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.

 


In addition to safety, replacing a bifold is also a smart value proposition. In many instances the useful service life of a door is defined by the economic viability of replacing a dangerous, inefficient bifold. Installing a new Hydroswing hydraulic door system transforms your structure and extends the life of your building. By removing the bifold door and replacing it with the simple, pre-hung single panel Hydroswing® door system, a structure is revitalized at a fraction of the cost of a new build. With no impact to the existing building, easy installation (usually only one day), very low maintenance costs, increased overhead space and 90% fewer moving parts than the bifold, Hydroswing is quickly becoming the number one replacement door in the world. 

 


Let us solve your bifold problem today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydroswing – Designed by Farmers for Farmers

2. October 2015 08:15 by Hydroswing in Farm Doors

Hydroswing® was born in agriculture. We understand the unique needs of the farmers, and we understand the construction of a multitude of buildings and structures used in this sector. Over the past century, agriculture has been strongly influenced by enhanced mechanization, but even more so by how humans operate those machines. Though the fundamentals of agricultural machinery are basically the same, the technology, size, scope and capabilities have evolved dramatically. Keeping pace with the changes is how farmers “house” their equipment.  Over the last decade the single panel hydraulic agricultural door has become the “door of choice” for farmers across the country. Bifolds are unsafe, and roller doors are outdated. The superior technology, safety and sophistication of the Hydroswing hydraulic door system is revolutionizing the way farmers close their shops, sheds, barns and buildings.

Whether its post and frame, metal, Quonset, or any other type of structure, a single panel Hydroswing® hydraulic door system provides a maximum opening dimension, very little impact on the building, maximum strength, almost 100% “sealability,” very low in service life costs, reliability, massively reduced number moving parts and greater safety. The agriculture industry revolves heavily around hydraulics, so it’s easy to see why the Hydroswing® has become the premier door for farmers across the country and around the world.

The post frame build can vary tremendously depending on the size and scope of the end structure. Hydroswing® can fit and/or retro fit almost any pole barn or post frame building with doors as large as 40' tall to 150' wide. Our system creates reduced building height/cost WITHOUT reduced door opening dimension, and a very small part count in the structural mechanism of the door (no pulleys of any kind). Today’s farmer is looking for simplicity and quality. The Hydroswing® offers an integral pre-hung frame that has little dependence on the building, which allows us to easily adapt a door to any structure. From an aesthetic perspective, the ability to clad the door with the same thermal properties as the building walls, keeps the visual clean and modern.

Pre-engineered metal buildings (PEB’s) have also been prominent in agricultural settings. The structures originally became popular during World War II for barracks and maintenance facilities. After the war, the industry continued to blossom and with the power of computer aided design (CAD), today’s metal buildings can be applied to almost any non-residential use. The Hydroswing® fits easily into new construction on metal buildings or is the ideal choice for replacing an outdated or beyond economic repair existing door such as a bifold, slider or top hung.

 

The concept behind Hydroswing’s strong, single-panel, hydraulic design was born and bred by the demand for a more efficient door from the farmers and ranchers in the rural area. Hydroswing® has quickly become the door of choice for savvy Ag industry professionals. Although the Hydroswing phenomenon now reaches across a variety of industries, the agricultural customer remains the backbone of the business.  Hydroswing® doors are engineered specifically to provide a cost-effective solution to meet the demands of the agricultural industry. Hydroswing® delivers strength, efficiency and reliability, utilizing the same hydraulic technology that you use on your heavy equipment every day to get the job done. Why would you trust anything less for your doors?

 

 

 

 

 

Form and Function – Hydroswing Brings it All to Architecture

American architect, Louis Sullivan, coined the well-known phrase “form ever follows function” in 1918. Over the next ten years, this concept changed the way buildings were designed and the mantra became the battle cry of most modern architects after the 1930s. The principle dictated that the shape of a building (or object) should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. Over the following decades, technology and design evolved and the concept melded into something that blurred the line. Today, form and function are harmonious… and Hydroswing® is the perfect example. Hydroswing® is becoming a mainstay in the architectural arena and defines both form and functionality.

Always innovative, Hydroswing’s precision and beauty bring the all the possibilities of form and function to life. Perfectly designed, and accommodating to literally any space, The Hydroswing® for architecture can be built to totally change anything from a single wall (or door) in a custom home, to an entire commercial building. The limits are lifted when walls become doors and doors become walls. Architectural problems can be solved and boundaries can be moved. Innovative design can be incorporated into existing structures (or new builds) and the overall schematics of outside walls can expand. In the past, architects were limited by how doors and walls function, but now the possibilities are endless. Walls up to 150' (45m) wide and 40' (12m) tall can be converted into artistic, useful and cost effective hydraulic doors that can create a unique and completely functional indoor/outdoor experience.

A hydraulic door can transform a building, and dramatically enhance the functionality of a space. Where sliding windows and bifolds used to be standard for restaurants with outside patios, hydraulic doors can now be used to enhance light, maximize space, and will revolutionize the way architects include outdoor environments in the scope of their design. With the touch of button, the single panel door can unite indoor and outdoor living spaces. Hydroswing® shifts the concept of walls, and can instantly change the dynamic of hotels, stadiums, bars, restaurants, garages, homes and any other kind of structure that wants to bring the outside in. The added bonus: With the door in an “up” position, shade and protection are immediately created.

As architecture evolves, the Hydroswing® single panel hydraulic door system has become a blank canvas for the adventurous architects who specialize in high profile homes, commercial buildings and other special applications. With almost 100% seal-ability, design dynamics with a Hydroswing® hydraulic door are revolutionizing the way architects can create buildings and homes. The simplicity and safety of the hydraulic door removes the need for cables and counter weights used in so many ambitious architectural projects and curved facades. The Hydroswing® isn’t a “knock off” of an agricultural door – ours is the original and most sophisticated design on the market today. Engineered for performance and precision, the door can be easily installed to match building profiles with glass, wood, or heavy and ornate finishes. Hydroswing® doors lift easily and quietly with ease from the power of the hydraulic single panel door system. We can customize any installation and the sky’s the limit in terms of design. Our hydraulic cylinders can be powder coated or chromed to match or complement the interior door colors to seamlessly connect indoor and outdoor spaces.

 


Hydroswing® is the industry expert in silently and effortlessly moving structures, and we offer a new frontier for imaginative and leading edge architects around the globe.

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Reasons to Replace your Old Hangar Door with a New Hydroswing Hydraulic Door System

22. July 2015 21:00 by Hydroswing in Aviation , Hangar Doors

At Hydroswing®, we know aviation. We understand aircraft, and we understand hangars. We take pride in meeting the needs of aircraft owners and facilities worldwide. Times are changing and the days of the bifold are almost over. By replacing aging, unserviceable and dangerous hangar doors, Hydroswing® brings the best to the marketplace. So why do you need a Hydroswing Hydraulic Door system on your hangar? 


10.) Broken (and dangerous) bifolds, torn fabric sliders, and inefficient rollers and stackers can cost more than they’re worth to repair.


9.) Chains, pulleys, straps and too many parts can invariably lead to a break down and possibly an accident where someone in your hangar may be injured or even killed. Our zero drop two-way Hydrolok system also assures the hangar door will never fall should there ever be a loss of power. No cables. No pulleys. No Straps.


8.) Hydroswing® door systems have 90% fewer moving parts than bifold doors.

 


7.) There is minimal load and reaction levels to existing hangar structures because Hydrowswing® is pre hung in its own frame. This allows for a simple removal of the old hangar door and in many cases, no additional structural work.


6.) Our customers quickly see the benefits of “going big,” maximizes the height to the eaves, and maximizes the size of the hangar to the largest width of the building frame or section.


5.) Cost effective, safe, and accommodating in sizes up to 150’(45.0 m) wide  X  40’(12.0 m) high, our Hydraulic Hangar Door system is being retrofitted in commercial aviation facilities, private airplane and helicopter hangars alike.

 

4.) The Hydroswing® hangar door system is operated by two dual-acting hydraulic rams powered by a single or three-phase motor and pump. This in itself provides an extra layer of safety because the Hydroswing® is impossible to operate without access to the control unit, making it far more secure than other types of doors.


3.) Custom cladding (which makes the hangar door match the thermal characteristics of the building) and 90 MPH wind rating standard.


2.) Affordability! Hydroswing® Hydraulic Hangar Door systems are available through our new door leasing program. (Visit www.hydroswing.com for details.)


1.) QUALITY. VALUE. STRENGTH. SIMPLICIY. Hydroswing® is the original and still the best hydraulic hangar door on the market today. 

 

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

 

 

How’s it Hanging... Hydroswing’s Detailed Mounting Protocols Show How it’s Done

Simple, strong, secure… that’s our motto at Hydroswing®. Whether it’s retrofit or a new build, we are dedicated to having the easiest and most efficient process in the industry. If you need a hydraulic door, not only will we customize it for your space, we make sure you know how it works. Our “Mounting Protocols” demonstrate to all door owners the intricate details of how the door can be hung. We offer illustrations of everything from product attachments and positions of the door for installation, to the anatomy of the Hydroswing® door and full descriptions of different types of headers. 

 

Customization is one of our most important selling points so it’s critical that our customers know our “attach angle” can be made to mount our door to metal girders, concrete, block or wood buildings. Then the door will be bolted or welded in place per the protocols. (We don’t supply the headers or door pillars, but we do survey large doors and will engineer flanges to brace the existing door pillars and the Hydroswing® door jamb.)

 

Also key for most Hydroswing® door owners is “how” the door will be mounted. Our protocols detail three ways: Inside or Flush Mounting (where the door inside the building header and jamb making it flush with the face of the building), Outside Mounting (which is common in existing buildings and the door will fit against the face of the building) and Rear Mounting (this would connect the door to the rear of your building).

 

 

 Whatever your questions, we have the answers and our downloadable protocols will guide the way. Simplicity, strength, ease of use and reduction in moving parts, plus use of cladding (which makes the door match the thermal characteristics of the building) are among the top reasons customers are making the switch to Hydroswing®. The sophistication of our single panel hydraulic door system is now part of everyday door use for facilities large and small across the U.S. and around the world. The Hydroswing® single panel door system is like no other. Through the implementation of the Hydroswing® we lead to new efficiencies in building and wall designs. Remember, if it doesn’t come from Hydroswing®, it’s not a Hydroswing®.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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®.

 

 

Hydroswing – Manufactured for Strength, Safety and Security

It’s about quality… At Hydroswing® we build hydraulic doors right. As the original and still the best single panel hydraulic door system on the market, Hydroswing® understands door manufacturing at a core level. Cost effective, safe, and accommodating in sizes up to 150’(45.0 m) wide X 40’(12.0 m) high, our hydraulic door system is being retrofitted in everything from commercial aviation facilities and private airplane and helicopter hangars to barns, agricultural centers, sheds and machine shops.

 

 It’s about the build… Our single panel hydraulic doors are fabricated and welded to ISO 9001 and American Welding Society D1.1 certifications and each is stringently audited for strength and quality assurance. Unlike other manufacturers, we understand the importance of working within specific codes and only with vendors who boast an ISO certification. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the largest developer in the world of voluntary International Standards. The Hydroswing is always pre hung in its own frame of the highest grade ASTM 275 tube steel.

 

It’s about strength…  No matter where you are in the world, you need to know your hydraulic door system can tolerate the elements. Hydroswing doors can withstand up to 200 MPH wind loading. We also shot blast prior to painting. This ensures the perfect base for the application of Carboline Carboguard 890, a highly chemical-resistant epoxy mastic coating that adds 50% greater corrosion resistance than any other hydraulic door offered in this category. Shot blasting allows an added layer of inspection of the steel for rare imperfections which remain unseen in non-shot blasted door systems.

 It’s about safety… The Hydroswing® is operated by two dual-acting hydraulic rams powered by a single or three-phase motor and pump, and all of our electrical controls are UL Certified. This in itself provides an extra layer of safety because the Hydrowswing® is impossible to operate without access to the control unit, making it far more secure than other types of doors.

 

 Hydroswing hydraulic door systems are the strongest, safest and most secure doors on the market. Remember, if it doesn’t come from Hydroswing, it’s not a Hydroswing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydroswing Selected as the Provider of Hydraulic Doors for up to 200 Hangars at the San Diego Metropolitan Air Park (Brown Field)

Big News!  Hydroswing® North America, Inc., the world leader in single panel hydraulic door systems, is pleased to announce the company has been selected as the sole source of hangar doors for one of the most important aviation developments in the United States.

In 2013, the wheels went in motion when the San Diego City Council approved a redevelopment of Brown Field Municipal Airport in Otay Mesa, involving more than $1 billion in planned improvements over the next 20 years. Metropolitan Airpark, a four-phase commercial development, will cover 331 acres of the city-owned, 880-acre facility near the U.S.-Mexico border. This development is poised to become a major commercial hub for strategic business partnerships between the U.S. and Mexico.

Over the next five years, the San Diego Metropolitan Air Park (Brown Field) will see the development of up to 200 hangars and mixed use industrial structures. Use of the Hydroswing® brand at this magnitude will be a milestone, with hangar doors ranging from Boeing BBJ (737) sizes to general aviation T hangars. These aviation-related installations along side the industrial Hydroswing® door systems will showcase Hydroswing’s emerging product range aimed at the industrial and commercial sectors.

 

Developer, Richard Sax, is no stranger to the large aviation door market and cites Hydroswing’s overwhelming appeal and efficiency, plus the much lower in-life servicing costs, as reasons for this significant selection. Hydroswing® fabricates its steel in Mexico to ISO 9001 and ASW D1.1 standards and acquires all UL and CE approved Hydraulics from its agile supply chain partner in Wisconsin. Sax states, “Hydroswing understands the importance of an international strategic business model. Their ability to work across the border drives the demand for the use of Hydroswing® doors at the facilities at Brown Field.” South-of-the-border manufacturing and the agile supply chain structure is improving business for countless American manufacturers across all sectors.

 

Marshal Parker of Hydroswing® comments, “We are excited to be the supply chain partner to this headline aviation project. For Hydroswing®, it represents a highly visible statement that one airport can experience the efficiency of our hangar door systems with exceptionally low service costs, high degrees of primary security, and an unprecedented life span of the product.” The opportunity for Hydroswing® has also allowed the developers to enhance overall building efficiencies and LEED ratings, highlighting the impact an efficient low part count large door system (with its almost 100% “sealability”) makes to these large modern structures.

Once again, Hydroswing® leads the way!

 

 

 

 

 

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.