ISO 9001/ AWS D1.1 – Because Quality Matters

Hydroswing® is synonymous with quality. From the beginning, our standards have been the highest in the industry.  All Hydroswing® doors are fabricated in ISO 9001 facilities that adhere to the American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 code requirements for welding of structural steel. Unlike other manufacturers, we understand the importance of working within specific codes and with vendors who boast an ISO certification. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the largest developer in the world of voluntary International Standards.  An independent and non-governmental membership organization at work in 165 countries, ISO began in London in 1946 with a goal to “facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards.” Today, ISO has published over 19,500 International Standards covering almost all of manufacturing and technology.

 

 ISO 9001 is part of the ISO 9000 “family of quality management systems standards” designed to help manufacturers meet statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product.  A third party certification provides an “independent confirmation” that companies meet the requirements of ISO 9001. So what does the mean for Hydroswing® customers? It means we are confident in our selected vendors and we pass that quality to our end users.  The ISO 9001 facilities we work with have Quality Management Systems (QMS) in place and are stringently audited for welding and quality assurance. The hydraulic components are sourced centrally in the United States for further continuous quality and supply chain integrity.

 

At Hydroswing®, fabrication quality is just one area we set ourselves apart from others. Our welding is always to AWS D1.1 code which covers the requirements for “any type of welded structure made from the commonly used carbon and low-alloy constructional steels.”  Another example of our quality systems is our shot blasting pre-paint. 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.

 

 The quality control doesn't stop there!  Our patented Hydroswing® bow truss (US D584,831S) is unique in the industry and use only premium hydraulic lines, hoses and connectors. To make our standards complete, we also use only UL certified controls motors and pumps.  It’s all about quality. It’s Hydroswing. For more information about ISO and ISO 9001 certification, visit www.iso.org 

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 Strength of a Hydroswing Hydraulic Door

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

The Advantages of Leasing an Original Hydroswing® Hydraulic Door

The outstanding engineering, space saving quality, ease-of-use and increased productivity delivered by the Hydroswing® is now available through our new “game changing” door leasing program.  This is an industry first for hydraulic doors, and Hydroswing® is proud to once again be in front of the pack.

 

So why should you lease a hydraulic door?


• Technology is moving and changing. Outdated bi-fold, slider and roller doors are quickly becoming obsolete (and in some cases, dangerous.) Even if you don’t have the cash on hand, you can still have the original and best hydraulic door on the market.
• If the door is used as a part of your business, there is the potential to enjoy a tax break because the lease payments will be fully deductible.
• The Hydroswing® door lease requires ZERO down.
• Low payments! This will free up your cash to invest back into your business.
• Total lease payments are almost always less than the original cash price of the equipment.
• Whether you choose a short-term lease (two to three years) or a long-   term lease (four to five years), your payment will only be for the selected term.
• At the end of the lease and you’ll have a $1.00 buyout or FMV (Fair Market Value) buy out and the warranty that you had in place will assure your Hydroswing® door unit is as good as the day you first installed it and opened it.

 

 Pre hung, pre assembled and ready to install, when fitted to existing buildings, the Hydroswing® single panel hydraulic door adds strength and valuable return to buildings which might have been previously seen as past their useful life. In the event you build new to replace the old, unbolt the Hydroswing® and simply refit your Hydroswing® to your new building, (or Hydroswing® can do this for you).


For ZERO down and payments starting as low as $49.99 per week, you truly can have it all: Single panel door simplicity, powerful and smooth hydraulic rams, solid tube steel construction, pre hung, no top or bottom rails, no sectional seals, no wasted wall or outside area conflicts, push button operation, exceptionally low operating and service costs.


Change your door…It’s easier than ever. Give us a call!

 

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Efficiency in Agriculture - Hydraulic Doors Keeping Pace with Technology

There was a time when oxen and horses were used for power, basic wooden plows tilled the fields, all sowing was done by hand, cultivating was done by hoe, and hay and grain was cut with sickles. By 1837, John Deere and Leonard Andrus began manufacturing steel plows and a practical threshing machine was patented. The first gasoline tractor was built by John Froelich 1892 and the first commercially successful (gasoline-powered) general purpose tractor in was in production.

 

 

From 1920-1940, farm production made large strides. The use of mechanized power expanded and by the 50’s the number of tractors on farms finally exceeded the number horses and mules for the first time. The 60’s saw 96% of cotton harvested mechanically, and the 70’s and 80’s brought self-propelled combines, and more efficient equipment. By the 90’s, farmers were using satellite technology to track and plan their farming practices. The new millennium has advanced agricultural technology to an even further by introducing smart phones, tablets and portable computers to the cabs of tractors, trucks and combines. It’s a new world for farmers.

 

Over the past century, agriculture has been strongly influenced by enhanced mechanization, but even more so by how humans operate those machines. Though the fundamentals of agricultural machinery are basically the same, the technology, size, scope and capabilities have evolved dramatically. Keeping pace with the changes is how farmers “house” their equipment.  Over the last decade the single panel hydraulic agricultural door has become the “door of choice” for farmers across the country. Doors for agriculture machine sheds and doors for barns are transitioning from roller, slider and bi-fold doors towards the superior technology of the hydraulic door.

 

 

Strong and well sealed, the hydraulic door is easy to install on pole barns, post & frame buildings and pre engineered steel buildings. The Hydroswing® agricultural door can be found on thousands of farms across the country and is taking its place among the farming world’s technological advances.  Hydroswing hydraulic doors are also an easy way for farmers to enlarge existing openings in sheds and barns.

Door markets in the United States are keeping pace with modern technology and have started to move toward efficiency and “in life” service cost. Reduced pricing and quality workmanship are quickly making hydraulic doors one of the many advances that simplify and improve agriculture.