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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®!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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®!

 

 

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®.

 

 

At Hydroswing … Our Specifications do the Talking

The Hydroswing® detailed spec sheet is here!  For our customers, seeing is believing and knowledge is power… and we know hydraulic doors. Our hydraulic door spec sheets are designed to summarize the technical characteristics and performance of the Hydroswing hydraulic door system. 

 

The Hydroswing technical specification document provides clearly defined detail to be used by a design engineers, architects, builders, contractors, or any door owner (or potential door owner) to understand all the components of the Hydroswing hydraulic door system. Hydraulics are the foundation of the future. The simplicity of liquid fluid power moving heavy objects is a solution that fits into all sectors of building and manufacturing. Hydroswing is the original and still the best hydraulic door on the market and we have a profound understanding of what it takes to create an extraordinary product.

Our specs include:
• Product overview
• Product features
• Steel frame schematic 
• Standard and basic attachment details
• Wiring and circuit diagram
• Electrical systems options
• Hydraulic circuit diagram
• Hydraulic cylinder schematic
• Available options (which include, a CCTV camera to monitor outside of the door prior to opening, an audible warning alarm to operate while the door is in motion, a visual (flashing light) warning signal to operate while the door is in motion, motion detectors on the sides of door to stop door if activated by personnel or a vehicle, hand pump for manual operation, cane bolts to lock the door to the floor on the inside, personnel door within the main door, and more.)

 

A fundamental feature of any hydraulic system is the ability to apply force or torque multiplication in an easy way, independent of the distance between the input and output, without the need for mechanical gears or levers. This concept, used in large machinery worldwide for decades, is demonstrated in detail in our specs, and is at the core of the Hydroswing hydraulic door system.

Simplicity, safety, strength, ease of use and reduction in moving parts, plus use of cladding (which makes the door match the thermal characteristics of the building) make Hydroswing® the hydraulic door system of choice. The sophistication of 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.

Click here to see our specs for the USA.
Click here to see our specs for the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

 

 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.

 

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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking to Replace your Hangar Door?

15. July 2014 11:25 by Hydroswing in Farm Doors, Hangar Doors

Hydroswing® takes pride in meeting the needs of aircraft owners and facilities worldwide. Whether it’s new build hangars and the retrofit market, or replacing yesteryear’s aging number of unserviceable hangar doors, Hydroswing® brings the best to the marketplace.

The main issues facing airports and airfield owners, operators and tenants are the cost of hangar door replacement, return on investment, increase in door size, overall efficiency and the time it takes to install. The question Hydroswing® hears most is “do I have to replace my building or over build its door end structure?” The answer is NO. In most instances, you don’t have to scrap your building, just because your old door system is beyond economic service.

 


The Hydroswing® single panel hydraulic door easily replaces bifold, bottom rolling, concertina, stacking, barn, fabric, sectional/sliding and large roller shutter doors, in aviation facilities, private hangars, helicopter hangars and MRO facilities around the globe. There is minimal load and reaction levels to existing structures because Hydrowswing® is pre hung on in its own frame. This allows for a simple removal of old door and in many cases, no additional structural work. Our customers quickly see the benefits of “going big,” increasing the height to the eaves, and increasing the size of the hangar to the maximum of the building frame width or section.

 

If you’re in aviation, you’ve seen bad doors. Broken (and dangerous) bi-folds, torn fabric sliders, self-built disasters, and inefficient rollers and stackers can cost more than they’re worth to repair. Chains, pulleys, straps and too many parts can invariably lead to a break down and possibly an accident where someone may be injured or even killed. So isn’t it time for a change?

Cost effective, safe, and accommodating in sizes up to 150’(45.0 m) wide  X 40’(12.0 m) high, our hydraulic door is being retrofitted in commercial aviation facilities, private airplane and helicopter hangars alike. 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 single panel hydraulic doors is now part of everyday door use across the aviation sector.

 

The original Hydroswing® hydraulic door is the ideal replacement for any kind of hangar door on any kind of structure. You can get the door you want now for ZERO DOWN. Call us today!

 

 

The Bifold Hangar Door… Inferior by design

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 potentially dangerous.  We recently completed an installation in the U.K. that demonstrates exactly why bifolds are an endangered species.  

 

We were called us about replacing two doors at the Brighton Airport (Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, United Kingdom). The existing bifold doors were only three years old and one (at the Real Flying Company) had fallen down completely as a result of wire cable failure, the other (at Advance Helicopters) was an accident waiting to happen. Having narrowly missed the operator on site, the owner wanted to quickly dispose of a potentially dangerous situation and start new with a stronger, simpler, safer hydraulic Hydroswing® door solution. The operationally unsound bifolds were products of Express Hi Fold Ltd. (a known knock off of an American product by a similar name) and rely on wire cables connected to a chain driven winding axle drum.  With such a high number of moving parts, the risk of failure increases exponentially.

 

 

 

 

 

Hydroswing® was an easy choice for Apollo. Our hydraulic Hydroswing® door is a single panel, has greater strength through design and steel size, 70% less moving parts than the substandard bifold, and is now manufactured in several ISO 9001 facilities around the world, including Great Britain. The door dimensions at Shoreham 60’(18.28m) x 17’(5.18m) and 55’(16.76m) x 17’(5.18m) respectively, were quickly retrofitted with Hydroswing® which in turn immediately provided an additional three feet of tail clearance. Our zero drop two-way Hydrolok™ system also assures the door will never fall should there ever be a loss of hydraulic power.

 

 The bifolds that were torn out have no frame so the retro fit was simple. (It usually only takes two days to fit any opening.) The Hydroswing® is built to fit easily pre hung in its own frame directly into the rough opening and welded straight to the header and uprights of the building. The vastly superior Hydroswing® also provides peace of mind when it’s open, closed or moving: No wires. No straps. No chains with axles or cogs. Most bifolds require supplementary contraptions to hold them in place while closed. Not the Hydroswing® - with almost 100% seal-ability, the door remains tight. These two Hydroswing® doors at Shoreham also incorporate our patented Bow Truss Technology, providing leading edge strength and aesthetics worthy of an architectural install. This special truss also gives “at a glance” certainty of the origin and integrity of this latest generation Hydroswing® hangar door system.

 

 The current trend shows more and more aviation facilities stepping away from the old and now outdated bifolds in favor of the safety, simplicity and effectiveness of Hydroswing®. (Note: A number of the well known Bifold manufacturers are trying to copy and emulate the Hydroswing® design. Keep in mind if it’s not from Hydroswing®… it’s not a Hydroswing®.) We proudly boast over 7,000 Hydroswing® in service and a growing number of bifold replacements and retrofit orders are coming in on a regular basis. Hydroswing® continues to change the general aviation hangar door sector for good. The Hydroswing® hangar door systems are the right choice:

  • 70% less moving parts
  • 100% improved seal-ability
  • Almost Zero Maintenance
  • Zero Drop Safety with Hydrolok™
  • 1m (3’.0) recovered clear height
  • 100% better looking
  • Adds value to the building
  • 90 MPH wind rating standard
  • Full drawing pack per door
  • Patented Bow Truss Technology
  • 2 day retro fit on most buildings

 Watch for further posts regarding this bifold replacement and others to come.