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 From a safety perspective, by its very nature, the bifold door is outdated and dangerous.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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Obsolete Hangar Door Doesn’t Mean an Obsolete Hangar

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

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instances the useful service life of a hangar is defined by the economic viability of replacing a malfunctioning or out-of-date bifold or roller door.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

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

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

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


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 Old and outdated doors that have issues with sealing correctly causing a negative impact on the hangar as whole.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

 

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

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

 Glass clad Hydroswing® door next to a fabric curtain door

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

 

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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.