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

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®

 

 

 

 

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! 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Sustainable” Single Panel Hydraulic Door System

Sustainable means “pertaining to a system that maintains its own viability by using techniques that allow for continual reuse.” By replacing bifold or roller shutter doors with a Hydroswing® single panel agricultural door on your equipment and/or process buildings, you will probably never have to replace the door again. Hydroswing® is a sustainable solution to all your door needs.


The simplicity of a single panel hydraulic door compared to bifold and roller shutter doors changes face of agricultural buildings. With a Hydroswing®, (complete in its own frame, pre hung, ready to go “pillar to pillar” and right to the header), the wider you go, the better value it becomes. Safe and easy-to-use, the Hydroswing® provides almost zero in life service costs and therefore a guaranteed return on your investment. 

 

When farmers, ranchers and biomass producers consider the potential for door replacement in their older buildings, more and more they are turning to the single panel hydraulic door solution. With internal personnel doors, wind loadings to cope with forces of 200 MPH and strength to keep valuable machinery locked in and secure, the Hydroswing® offers the most attractive and cost effective source in the marketplace today. (Financing made easier than ever through our new equipment leasing program. ) For tractor security, plant and machinery security, Hydroswing® is the only choice for farm, biomass fuel, industrial and grain storage building doors.

 

 The difference is clear to see in the photo above, where one of three buildings has had two roller shutter doors replaced by one efficient, single panel hydraulic door. This addition adds door size, value, and in some instances, may allow you to use old buildings in ways previously not thought possible without constructing a new building. Concentrating on what you do with your building or shed is more important to your bottom line than replacing a door every two or three years.


The Hydroswing® will not pop out of its rails, rust away, flap in the wind, or allow pigeons or other birds in via the roller. With 70% less moving parts than a bifold, the Hydroswing® seals all the way round its own frame, and if required for food regulations, can be made 100% rodent proof. 

 Add value, size and efficiency by replacing your warn out or dangerous bifold or roller shutter doors to your biomass fuel store, grain store or agricultural buildings with a Hydroswing®. Sustain your door for years to come. Buy or lease a Hydroswing today.

 

 

 

Introducing Hydroswing® Leasing -The Best and Original Hydroswing® Hydraulic Door Can now be Leased as Equipment

It’s no secret that equipment leasing is a leading choice for the agriculture, aviation and industrial sectors.  With equipment being the mainstay, owners have looked to leasing to help the cash flow crunch while allowing them to quickly acquire the latest technology. Since 1960 private fixed investment in equipment increased from $29.7 billion to almost $1 trillion in 2012. In 2013, that number continued to rise. Nonetheless, the economy has made it difficult for businesses to part with cash, even though they are in need of new equipment. Leasing solves that problem. And now Hydroswing® enters the arena and expands the possibilities across all sectors. A door is no longer a door. Thanks to Hydroswing® Leasing, any hydraulic door we manufacture can be considered a piece of working capital equipment.

 

In agriculture alone, leasing of equipment exceeds $6 billion in annual volume in the United States. In aviation, approximately 30% of the world’s aircraft are leased, and that number continues to increase. Leasing works and Hydroswing® is on board. Hydroswing® Leasing is the first program of its kind to offer hydraulic doors as equipment: No money down, low payments ($49.99 per week) and a $1.00 buyout at the end of the lease. There will always be more old buildings than new, and with a Hydroswing® lease, it’s easier than ever to replace your obsolete door system and enjoy the efficiency and advanced technology of the original Hydroswing® hydraulic door. 

 Leasing a door is not as complicated as it seems. It’s a painless process that preserve your line of credit, let you keep your cash flow in place and can immediately add value to your business.  In addition, lessees can take an immediate write-off of dollars spent rather than waiting for equipment or storage facilities to depreciate over several years. You’ll also have the option of deduction 100% of your lease payment as a business expense. To make the package complete, a Hydroswing® lease allows for opportunity to eliminate or minimize shipping and install costs. It’s a “win win” all the way around.

 

 Hydroswing® Leasing is a game changer for industry. Hydroswing® has over 7,000 doors in use and is being manufactured in ISO 9001 approved global manufacturing plants worldwide. Hydraulics are the most effective door choice. The advantages: Less than 70% of the moving parts of the bifold door and 50% less moving parts than sectional, bottom rolling, or top hung doors with 95% less maintenance costs. The Hydroswing® easily retro fits to replace the bi-fold, bottom rolling, top hung, sectional or fabric doors, and is ideal for new builds, steel, post and frame or block structure. Now everything is possible with a Hydroswing® door.

 

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®.

 

 

 

 

 

Biomass and Renewable Energy – A Market on the Move

Biomass energy is a hot topic. With a consumption increase of over 60% from 2002 to 2013, it’s easy to see why this sector is growing at such a rapid rate. Biomass is defined as “biological material derived from living, or recently living organisms. Both plant and animal.” Even though wood is considered to be the most prolific source of biomass energy, agriculture is currently producing huge amounts of biomass residue that can be converted to energy.  In 2013, half of all the renewable energy consumed worldwide came from biomass, with the U.S. number coming in at 5%.  (That 5% is enough power to accommodate close to a half a million homes.) The U.K. and Europe are already on the fast track to successful biomass energy platforms, and it’s catching on across the globe. According to recent reports, the use of biomass for energy could change the face of agriculture and provide farmers in the U.S. alone up to $20 billion in new income.   

 

The goal is to convert crop residue, manure and other agricultural byproducts into renewable energy sources. As farmers are learning how to capture and store these resources, they are gaining new revenue streams by producing energy while reducing disposal costs. According to Ag Energy Solutions, farmers can profit from “manure, corn stalks, woody-brush, or even weeds and grasses. By utilizing more of the biological material that grows on the farm, farmers can gain more value from each acre. And because biomass is renewable, and it’s easy to replace harvested trees or crops; these energy-rich waste materials are sustainable indefinitely.”

 

In addition to large, industrial facilities, farmers are beginning to construct buildings (within the guidelines and regulations of their rural area) specifically designed to house biomass. These multifunctional structures are made to store and protect the contents from moisture while creating space to burn and/or transport the material to biomass processing plants.  And Hydroswing® is there too. Our single panel hydraulic doors offer almost complete seal-ability, and with the wide variety of size options, they are the right door at the right time in the right sector.  

 

A current article in Biomass Magazine stated the “USDA Farm Service Agency recently announced the expansion of its Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers. With regard to bioenergy, the loan program can provide low-interest funds to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store eligible commodities, including renewable biomass.” 

With the ability to retro fit to existing buildings or apply to new build, the Hydroswing® adds size, ease of use and value to the processes in the biomass and renewable sector and can easily withstand the rigors of waste and recycling.  Pre hung in its own frame, the Hydroswing® can deliver zero load and reaction to the building is required to be fitted to a tensile or none structural building. Whether high cycling rates or long periods for seasonal storage and holding buildings, the Hydroswing® hydraulic door provides a greater array of working and process efficiencies than traditional sectional, overhead or roller doors with industry leading ROI.

The way we capture and use energy is changing.  The E.U. is already dedicated to the cause and has a goal of 20% of their energy being created by renewables by 2020. The U.S. is catching up and hopes to have 25% dedicated to the same faction by 2015. Hydroswing® remains on the cutting edge of all sectors of industry by providing a product that will easily adapt and play a role in existing facilities and new facilities that are being built to promote this commitment to new energy.