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

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 From a safety perspective, by its very nature, the bifold door is outdated and dangerous.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. 

 


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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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stepping into the Future of Agriculture

15. May 2014 11:14 by Hydroswing in Agriculture, Farm Doors, General

A couple of centuries ago, 90% of the population in the United States lived on farms and produced food. Today, farmers who produce cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy, only make up 2% of the population and still provide to the masses. To keep up with this ever growing demand, agriculture has turned to modern machinery and technology. In 1940, the data shows that one farmer could feed 19 people. By 2010, that number had increased to 155 people. Changes in equipment, biotech breakthroughs for crop production, and modified barns and storage facilities have allowed for vast improvements throughout the industry.  

 The bottom line: Farms are growing in size because of increased efficiency, and hydraulic doors are playing a huge role. Hydroswing® is playing a huge role. It’s important for all farmers to keep their valuable machinery locked in and secure, and the Hydroswing® single panel hydraulic door is the best choice. The Hydroswing® 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 Hydrowswing® is impossible to operate without access to the control unit, making it far more secure than other types of doors. And, with almost 100% seal-ability, our door can be easily retrofitted to existing buildings or fitted to new builds for the ultimate in efficiency for all agricultural building or shop doors.

 

 What’s on your farm? Bi-folds? Roller doors? Sliders? Unlike those, the Hydroswing® will not pop out of its rails, rust away, flap in the wind, or allow birds to fly in via the gaps around the door slabs. The Hydroswing® seals all the way around its own frame and if required for food regulations, can be made 100% varmint/bird proof. With Hydroswing, there is freedom to “open end” or “open side” any building, providing unrestricted loading and maneuvering for composting, silage, grain storage, feed/transfer sheds/buildings and farm shops.  The overhead clearance also allows for multiple load discharge saving valuable supplier transport time between loads… all going straight to your bottom line and ROI on your investment in the Hydroswing® single panel hydraulic door system.

 

If you have special coverings/sheeting and sealing requirements, the simplicity and strength of a Hydroswing® allow you to have the door covered in the same as the walls maintaining insulation levels for better efficiency and cost effectiveness over cold winters.

 

Step into the future of efficiency with Hydroswing®. Our doors can be fitted to post and frame , pole barns, stick, steel (PEB), tensile, Quonset, brick and block structures with little or no alteration to an existing building for retro fit or total simplicity when designing your new building to receive the totally “pre hung” Hydroswing®.

 

 

 

 

 

It's Time for a Hydraulic Door

Retrofit is defined as a “modification to equipment that is already in service using parts developed or made after the time of the original manufacturer.” When it comes to doors (or walls), it’s easy to retrofit almost any opening with a Hydroswing® single panel hydraulic door. Whether you’re in aviation or agriculture, 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?

The original Hydroswing® hydraulic door is the ideal replacement for any kind of door on any kind of structure. Because our pre hung design, we can retrofit both large small building doors with little or no impact to the existing building. These minimal load and reaction levels to existing structures allow a simple removal of old door and, in most instances, no additional structural work. Customers are seeing the benefits of “going big” and increasing height and width to maximum clearance.

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 everything from commercial aviation facilities and private airplane and helicopter hangars to barns, agricultural centers, sheds and machine shops. The Hydroswing® 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 Hydrowswing® is impossible to operate without access to the control unit, making it far more secure than other types of doors. 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 for facilities large and small across the U.S. and around the world.

Replacing old facility doors with the low maintenance seal-ability and strength of a Hydroswing® is a smart, safe move. With almost zero in life service costs (creating a fast and high return on investment) the Hydroswing® is ready to go “pillar to pillar” and right to the header. The wider you go with a Hydroswing®, the better value it becomes. Isn’t it time to step into the future and retrofit your outdated door?

 

 

 

Are Bi-fold Doors Dangerous? You be the Judge.

The bi-fold door is once again in the news… and once again, it’s not good. Over the years, this kind of door has been linked to countless accidents and multiple deaths. On April 1, 2014 it happened again. According to CBS news in Minnesota, “A northern Minnesota man died Tuesday morning, officials say, after his jacket got caught in a large door at his work. It happened at Bagley Hardwood Products at around 8:40 a.m. The 41-year-old Fosston, Minn., man was standing next to a 40-by-20 foot bi-fold door as it opened. He got caught in some cables and pulled up to his death, the Bagley Police Department said.” Read the full article here.

 

In 2002, according to the US Department of Labor, “one of five lifting, hoisting cables came unfastened at one end of a bi-fold 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 Employee #1. He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.”

 

The photos below were taken from a recent bi-fold breakdown at Apollo Aviation, LTD at the Brighton Airport (Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, United Kingdom). The existing doors were only three years old and one had fallen down completely as a result of wire cable failure, the other was an accident waiting to happen. Having narrowly missed the operator on site, Apollo wanted to quickly dispose of a potentially dangerous situation and start new with a stronger, simpler, safer hydraulic door solution.

 

The bi-fold door filled a need when it was first introduced to the market. It was the only game in town and seemed the logical choice for anyone looking for a door for their facility or hangar. There weren’t other options available, but now there are. Everything is different in the door world. Technology has improved, safety is a concern, and the bi-fold doesn’t make sense. On bi-folds, the pulleys and drive chains are exposed to the stress of constant movement and run the risk of slipping out or breaking down. The awkward fold, with its pulleys and straps, are cumbersome and can clearly be dangerous. Is it really worth the risk to have a bi-fold door? 

 

Hydroswing® Hydraulic Doors are a single panel hydraulic solution with 70% less moving parts. Our zero drop two-way Hydrolok system also assures the door will never fall should there ever be a loss of power. No cables. No pulleys. No Straps.

 

The choice is yours.