Hurricane season is here. Hydroswing’s phone lines are lighting up as customers from severe weather zones begin to prepare. Customer after customer tells the tale of lesser doors on their own hangars and structures that turn to rubble, while neighbors with a Hydroswing® Door stood steady and strong. We’ve heard reports of bits and pieces of bifold doors on the ground at the end of the storm, while the Hydroswing® on the property remained virtually unaffected.
According to a report on risks of hurricane damage by Johns Hopkins University, “In a hurricane, gusts of wind can be expected to be 25% to 50% higher than the sustained wind velocity. Thus, a hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph may produce gusts exceeding 200 mph. The effect of a storm's wind is best evaluated in terms of the pressure it exerts. Pressure varies with the square of the velocity, meaning that pressures increases very rapidly with increasing wind velocity. For example, a 100 mph wind exerts a pressure of about 40 pounds per square foot on a flat surface, while a 190 mph wind would exert a force of 122 pounds per square foot. As an example, in a 100 mph wind, a 4x8 sheet of plywood would be thrown by up to 1100 pounds of force.”
Building owners need to be ready, and with a Hydroswing® you’ve got a better chance to protect your investments. Today, with budgets tight, it’s more important than ever to take every precaution to make your building structurally sound. Statistics prove approximately 80% of hurricane wind damage initiates with wind entry through the largest opening of a structure. This means that securing that opening greatly increases the chances of the survival of that structure – and the protection of its contents. According to the same study, “Garage door failure was a significant cause of damage during past hurricanes. The most common failure was deflection of the garage door from wind pressure until the tracks rotated and the door rollers separated from the tracks. Loss of doors resulted in envelope breach and a sudden increase in internal pressure.” This same theory will hold true for your hangar or warehouse door that is on rollers. With no rollers to consider, and single panel construction, the Hydroswing® is a must in hard weather and wind locations.
After witnessing Hydroswing superiority (up to 200 MPH wind loading) for themselves, many weather-wary Gulf Coast residents are trading up to Hydroswing as well. If you’re an existing Hydroswing customer, you can rest easy knowing that when this severe weather season is over, you and your investments will remain safe and protected behind the sturdiest, most secure door system on the market... and if you’re not... make the move to replace now, or you may regret it later.
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.
Until now, a wall was a wall… enter Europe’s largest single panel hydraulic door. This gigantic manufacturing masterpiece is creating a revolution in terms of construction possibilities. Now walls up to 150’ (45m) wide and 40’ (12m) tall can be converted into useful and cost effective hydraulic doors. With almost 100% seal-ability, this conversion will forever change the face of commercial and industrial structures around the world. Hydroswing® has broken the size barrier and is charging into the large commercial door and industrial door market.
In December of 2013, the oil platform manufacturer, Heerema, needed something unique – a 115’ (35m) x 20’ (6m) hydraulic door for their Hartlepool facility in the north of England. “They knew Hydroswing® had the technology to design something of this magnitude, so naturally we got the call,” comments Alan Clark, International Sales Director for Hydroswing®. “We are very excited to have built this. We have always identified industrial and commercial usage as core sectors of our market and now that we have done this, we see the opportunity to change the way buildings deliver efficiency to their users.” (The door was manufactured in Preston, England at an ISO9001 facility.)
Before the option of this door, openings were restricted. Structures with needs this wide had to rely on steel rolling doors or sectional applications. The option of a single panel hydraulic door changed everything. The massive opening capacity, teamed with expanded vertical clearance and an almost air-tight seal, essentially creates a movable wall. In turn, the enhanced building efficiency (EBE™) reduces both costs across the board.
Hydroswing® was also called to task to provide a solution for Airbus in England. They were looking for a specific product for the Main Wing paint booth for their A380 Super Jumbo and wanted something that would be seated well enough to the floor that it would have the efficiency of a wall but the capabilities of door. We were able to manufacture a 57’ x 28’ (18 meters x 8.5 meters) door that immediately matched their needs and retro fit their existing Durr Paint Booth in only five days. The seal-abilty of the door was so tight their reduction in electricity on extraction fan speed alone generated a return on investment (ROI) in six months.
Hydroswing® is overcoming space and size hurdles in the commercial and industrial sectors at a rapid pace. New projects in the works include a “door within a door” allowing for a smaller single panel installation within the confines of a 150’ (45m) main door allowing a wide array of multi-use possibilities.
Hydroswing® is single handedly changing the way people use doors in commercial and industrial settings. Our ability to design and create solutions for large industrial doors and large commercial doors will leave a lasting impact on productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness.