Do you own a dangerous door? It’s not about sales, it’s about safety

Why would you invite a tragedy into your hangar or facility? It’s proven worldwide: bi-fold doors can kill. There comes a point that it’s not about sales, it’s about safety. Over the years, the bi-fold door has been linked to countless accidents and multiple deaths, and finally the door industry is taking notice.

Documented accidents started to impact the bi-fold door industry in 2002, but the bi-fold was a cheap, easy solution to aircraft hangar and building owners. In 2002, according to the US Department of Labor, “one of five lifting, hoisting cables came unfastened at one end 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 bi-fold door then struck the man and he was killed.  

Because of the way the majority of bi-folds are built, there is no anti-drop mechanism or other device to prevent the door from free-falling if there is a failure in the drive or suspension mechanism.

Throughout the next decade, murmurs of more bi-fold injuries floated through the door industry, but still nothing was done. In early 2014 it happened again. According to CBS news in Minnesota, a northern Minnesota man died after his jacket got caught in a large bi-fold door at his work. The man was standing next to a 40-by-20 foot bi-fold door as it opened. He got caught in some cables and was pulled to his death.  Read the full article here: http://cbsloc.al/1kw0wyr

 

 In 2015, the world finally began to take notice of deadly bi-fold doors. After two people were killed in the U.K., the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of Great Britain sent a country-wide letter “to all known users of powered overhead, bi-folding sectional doors 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.) 

 

 

 

 

The HSE stated 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, 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 problems with the bi-fold are critical. With these multiple deaths in the U.S. and Europe, it won’t be long before the bi-fold is banned for good. Technology has moved on from wires, cables, pulleys and straps. The simplicity and safety of hydraulic doors will soon be the only logical choice.

 

 

 

 

Business on the Move – The Boom of Non-Structural Buildings and Hydraulic Doors

 In our “point and click” instant gratification world, businesses in all sectors are constantly looking cost saving ways to erect and maintain building structures. Once considered a solution generally geared toward temporary housing and disaster relief, fabric and instant buildings are now surging in the marketplace. (These structures are also called “tensile” buildings because the fabric is stretched by tension.) Constructed using a rigid frame (steel, timber or aluminum), the fabric cover is stretched over the frame and “tensioned” in place to create the stable structural support of the building. The simplicity and stability of these non-structural buildings makes them ideal for countless usages. They can be installed quickly, provide natural light through the fabric, can be climate controlled, easily relocated, and may represent lower operational costs. The flexibility and possibilities are endless. However, finding a technically advanced, safe, secure and economical way to “close” these usually large structures has been a challenge… until now.

 Introducing the Hy-Rise from Hydroswing®. The Hy-Rise high performance door system from Hydroswing® is a large door system designed specifically for the instant and tensile building market. This is the first large door system to overcome the specific challenges associated with non-structural openings. The patent pending Hy-Rise is free-standing with zero dependency on the building structure. This allows the internal gable end profile to be neatly maximized with the corners of the pre-hung frame. The result is a maximum opening width and height whilst maintaining an aesthetic profile of the building. The Hy-Rise renders cost prohibitive sliding, fabric and sectional doors obsolete. 

Like all Hydroswing® Door Systems, the Hy-Rise is pre-hung in its own frame and is capable of extremely high wind loadings. This revolutionary door also has the ability to carry either the fabric system of the building (should that be required) or all the usual cladding used in construction or architecture. This included the use of 26 gage steel and even architectural glass. The door profile allows the curvature of the building’s shape/roof to be maximized without large “jagged” radar-grabbing signatures (important for military considerations) that are present when bottom rolling or fabric doors are needed for external frame support. 

The Hy-Rise door is fully bolt-together with no onsite welding required. We use the latest locking nut technology from Alcoa Fasteners and the Hy-Rise is also the first Hydroswing® to utilize the zero maintenance hinge system.


The tensile and instant building market is prolific in all Hydroswing’s existing sectors including aviation, agriculture, industrial, storage and special purpose, military installations, forward operating bases, vehicle maintenance, drone shelters, sport facilities, and more.  The Hy-Rise incorporates Hydroswing’s many years of experience and knowledge that has made us as an innovator in the hydraulic door market.

 

 

 

 

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. 

 


Let us solve your bifold problem today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydroswing – Designed by Farmers for Farmers

Hydroswing® was born in agriculture. We understand the unique needs of the farmers, and we understand the construction of a multitude of buildings and structures used in this sector. 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. Bifolds are unsafe, and roller doors are outdated. The superior technology, safety and sophistication of the Hydroswing hydraulic door system is revolutionizing the way farmers close their shops, sheds, barns and buildings.

Whether its post and frame, metal, Quonset, or any other type of structure, a single panel Hydroswing® hydraulic door system provides a maximum opening dimension, very little impact on the building, maximum strength, almost 100% “sealability,” very low in service life costs, reliability, massively reduced number moving parts and greater safety. The agriculture industry revolves heavily around hydraulics, so it’s easy to see why the Hydroswing® has become the premier door for farmers across the country and around the world.

The post frame build can vary tremendously depending on the size and scope of the end structure. Hydroswing® can fit and/or retro fit almost any pole barn or post frame building with doors as large as 40' tall to 150' wide. Our system creates reduced building height/cost WITHOUT reduced door opening dimension, and a very small part count in the structural mechanism of the door (no pulleys of any kind). Today’s farmer is looking for simplicity and quality. The Hydroswing® offers an integral pre-hung frame that has little dependence on the building, which allows us to easily adapt a door to any structure. From an aesthetic perspective, the ability to clad the door with the same thermal properties as the building walls, keeps the visual clean and modern.

Pre-engineered metal buildings (PEB’s) have also been prominent in agricultural settings. The structures originally became popular during World War II for barracks and maintenance facilities. After the war, the industry continued to blossom and with the power of computer aided design (CAD), today’s metal buildings can be applied to almost any non-residential use. The Hydroswing® fits easily into new construction on metal buildings or is the ideal choice for replacing an outdated or beyond economic repair existing door such as a bifold, slider or top hung.

 

The concept behind Hydroswing’s strong, single-panel, hydraulic design was born and bred by the demand for a more efficient door from the farmers and ranchers in the rural area. Hydroswing® has quickly become the door of choice for savvy Ag industry professionals. Although the Hydroswing phenomenon now reaches across a variety of industries, the agricultural customer remains the backbone of the business.  Hydroswing® doors are engineered specifically to provide a cost-effective solution to meet the demands of the agricultural industry. Hydroswing® delivers strength, efficiency and reliability, utilizing the same hydraulic technology that you use on your heavy equipment every day to get the job done. Why would you trust anything less for your doors?

 

 

 

 

 

Hydroswing’s Big Doors – Manufacturing Masterpieces


Until Hydroswing, it was hardly conceivable to think of a hydraulic door larger than 100’ (30m), but times they are a changing!  Hydroswing is ramping up the pace and manufacturing and selling big door after big door… up to 150’ (45m) wide and 40’ (12m) tall! Hydroswing® has broken the size barrier and is charging into the large commercial door and industrial door market. 

These gigantic manufacturing masterpieces are creating a revolution in terms of construction possibilities. Total simplicity, sheer strength, ease of use and reduction in moving parts, plus the use of specialty cladding (which makes the door match the thermal characteristics of the building) are among the top reasons customers are looking to Hydroswing® for their big door needs. The sophistication of large single panel hydraulic doors is now part of everyday door use across every sector. In addition to new doors on new buildings, we are also retrofitting gigantic openings and moving walls. With Hydroswing®, very large walls 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.

 

 Before the option of Hydroswing’s large and extra-large singe panel hydraulic doors, openings were restricted. Structures with massive needs had to rely on steel rolling doors or sectional applications. The option of a single panel hydraulic door changed everything. The huge opening capacity, teamed with expanded vertical clearance and an almost air-tight seal, the door essentially becomes another wall. In turn, the enhanced building efficiency reduces both costs across the board.  

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.

 

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 for any buyer.

 

 

 

 

Need a Hydraulic Door Part?

Hydroswing® innovates again! The new Hydraulic Door “Parts Store” is rolling!  Our years of experience in the world of Hydraulic doors has taught us a thing or two, mainly how difficult it is to get a hold of spare parts. The initial “fleet” of single panel hydraulic doors produced by Hydroswing® is beginning to mature, so it made sense to create a source for the naturally aging parts. Our new Hydraulic Door Parts Store is not only a one-stop-shop for ALL your Hydroswing® hangar and shop door needs, but we can also source and upgrade parts for other doors on the market. 

 

We have crafted the Hydraulic Door Parts Store to serve as an online resource for worn seals, weather strips, motors, controls, hoses and connectors. We have also created an opportunity (subject to certain required information) to allow our “early adopters” to buy latest generation upgrades. This allows customers to continue to enjoy their perfectly good Hydroswing® doors but with the benefit of updated generation cylinders with integral, zero drop Hydroloks, a new Push Button Station and Remote, or a new weather seal that may be in need of replacement.

 

The Parts Store is one-stop-shopping for anyone in need of any part for any hydraulic door. Our troubleshooting guide will help you determine what you may need for your door. We have everything from O-rings for old rams, to kits that service cylinders. You’ll also find replacement hinges, pin points, spherical bearings, seals and weather-proofing to hard and soft lines, hydraulic couplings, and complete pumps and motors, and more.

 


With over 7,000 Hydroswing® door systems in use worldwide, we know our parts. Our unique hydraulic door Parts Store will even offer “green” hydraulic fluid for use in areas with specialty environmental controls. Hydroswing® will continue to change the face of the door industry bringing hydraulic technologies and parts to customers worldwide. Visit the Parts Store today for all your Hydraulic Door Part needs. www.hydraulicdoorparts.com

 

 

 

 

How’s it Hanging... Hydroswing’s Detailed Mounting Protocols Show How it’s Done

Simple, strong, secure… that’s our motto at Hydroswing®. Whether it’s retrofit or a new build, we are dedicated to having the easiest and most efficient process in the industry. If you need a hydraulic door, not only will we customize it for your space, we make sure you know how it works. Our “Mounting Protocols” demonstrate to all door owners the intricate details of how the door can be hung. We offer illustrations of everything from product attachments and positions of the door for installation, to the anatomy of the Hydroswing® door and full descriptions of different types of headers. 

 

Customization is one of our most important selling points so it’s critical that our customers know our “attach angle” can be made to mount our door to metal girders, concrete, block or wood buildings. Then the door will be bolted or welded in place per the protocols. (We don’t supply the headers or door pillars, but we do survey large doors and will engineer flanges to brace the existing door pillars and the Hydroswing® door jamb.)

 

Also key for most Hydroswing® door owners is “how” the door will be mounted. Our protocols detail three ways: Inside or Flush Mounting (where the door inside the building header and jamb making it flush with the face of the building), Outside Mounting (which is common in existing buildings and the door will fit against the face of the building) and Rear Mounting (this would connect the door to the rear of your building).

 

 

 Whatever your questions, we have the answers and our downloadable protocols will guide the way. 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 our 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. The Hydroswing® single panel door system is like no other. Through the implementation of the Hydroswing® we lead to new efficiencies in building and wall designs. Remember, if it doesn’t come from Hydroswing®, it’s not a Hydroswing®.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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®

 

 

 

 

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.