Form and Function – Hydroswing Brings it All to Architecture

American architect, Louis Sullivan, coined the well-known phrase “form ever follows function” in 1918. Over the next ten years, this concept changed the way buildings were designed and the mantra became the battle cry of most modern architects after the 1930s. The principle dictated that the shape of a building (or object) should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. Over the following decades, technology and design evolved and the concept melded into something that blurred the line. Today, form and function are harmonious… and Hydroswing® is the perfect example. Hydroswing® is becoming a mainstay in the architectural arena and defines both form and functionality.

Always innovative, Hydroswing’s precision and beauty bring the all the possibilities of form and function to life. Perfectly designed, and accommodating to literally any space, The Hydroswing® for architecture can be built to totally change anything from a single wall (or door) in a custom home, to an entire commercial building. The limits are lifted when walls become doors and doors become walls. Architectural problems can be solved and boundaries can be moved. Innovative design can be incorporated into existing structures (or new builds) and the overall schematics of outside walls can expand. In the past, architects were limited by how doors and walls function, but now the possibilities are endless. Walls up to 150' (45m) wide and 40' (12m) tall can be converted into artistic, useful and cost effective hydraulic doors that can create a unique and completely functional indoor/outdoor experience.

A hydraulic door can transform a building, and dramatically enhance the functionality of a space. Where sliding windows and bifolds used to be standard for restaurants with outside patios, hydraulic doors can now be used to enhance light, maximize space, and will revolutionize the way architects include outdoor environments in the scope of their design. With the touch of button, the single panel door can unite indoor and outdoor living spaces. Hydroswing® shifts the concept of walls, and can instantly change the dynamic of hotels, stadiums, bars, restaurants, garages, homes and any other kind of structure that wants to bring the outside in. The added bonus: With the door in an “up” position, shade and protection are immediately created.

As architecture evolves, the Hydroswing® single panel hydraulic door system has become a blank canvas for the adventurous architects who specialize in high profile homes, commercial buildings and other special applications. With almost 100% seal-ability, design dynamics with a Hydroswing® hydraulic door are revolutionizing the way architects can create buildings and homes. The simplicity and safety of the hydraulic door removes the need for cables and counter weights used in so many ambitious architectural projects and curved facades. The Hydroswing® isn’t a “knock off” of an agricultural door – ours is the original and most sophisticated design on the market today. Engineered for performance and precision, the door can be easily installed to match building profiles with glass, wood, or heavy and ornate finishes. Hydroswing® doors lift easily and quietly with ease from the power of the hydraulic single panel door system. We can customize any installation and the sky’s the limit in terms of design. Our hydraulic cylinders can be powder coated or chromed to match or complement the interior door colors to seamlessly connect indoor and outdoor spaces.

 


Hydroswing® is the industry expert in silently and effortlessly moving structures, and we offer a new frontier for imaginative and leading edge architects around the globe.

 

 

 

 

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®.

 

 

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 Honored by Farm Industry News with the 2015 FinOvation Award

Hydroswing® has done it again. Always on the cutting edge of the industry firsts, Hydroswing® has been honored with the 2015 FinOvation Award given Farm Industry News.

Each year, Farm Industry News awards 20 innovative leaders in agriculture with the FinOvation award. This honor is determined by their readers as to what products they have found most interesting, useful and intriguing across the agricultural sector. For 2015, Hydroswing has joined the impressive ranks of John Deere, Fendt, New Holland, Vermeer, Ford and other industry heavy hitters being honored. Hydroswing’s revolutionary product: “The 150 ft. Agricultural Door.”  The readers of Farm Industry News know how important “big doors” are and also know Hydroswing® is the door system to get it done. Click Here to See the Gallery of Winners (Hydroswing® is slide 19)

 

In early 2014, Hydroswing® announced the completion of the largest single panel hydraulic door in Europe. Word spread through the industry and our new “big door” became BIG news. Size isn’t a problem now... Hydroswing® has proven that bigger can be better! 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. Our large door systems are gigantic, manufactured masterpieces that are creating a revolution in terms of construction possibilities. Hydroswing® has broken the size barrier and is charging into the large commercial door and industrial door market.

 

Hydroswing® is being manufactured in ISO 9001 approved global manufacturing plants worldwide. Hydroswing can solve any door problem throughout the world. 


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 bifold, bottom rolling, top hung, sectional or fabric doors, and is ideal for new builds, steel, post and frame or block structures, even self-standing for the very popular tensile building market, is possible now with a Hydroswing®.

 

Hydroswing® is also eligible to be Farm Industry News’ Product of the Year! Click here to vote for us! Vote for Hydroswing as the 2015 FinOvation Product of the Year.


Still the original… Still the best.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Are Bi-fold Doors Dangerous? You be the Judge.

The bi-fold door is once again in the news… and once again, it’s not good. Over the years, this kind of door has been linked to countless accidents and multiple deaths. On April 1, 2014 it happened again. According to CBS news in Minnesota, “A northern Minnesota man died Tuesday morning, officials say, after his jacket got caught in a large door at his work. It happened at Bagley Hardwood Products at around 8:40 a.m. The 41-year-old Fosston, Minn., man was standing next to a 40-by-20 foot bi-fold door as it opened. He got caught in some cables and pulled up to his death, the Bagley Police Department said.” Read the full article here.

 

In 2002, according to the US Department of Labor, “one of five lifting, hoisting cables came unfastened at one end of a bi-fold 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 Employee #1. He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.”

 

The photos below were taken from a recent bi-fold breakdown at Apollo Aviation, LTD at the Brighton Airport (Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, United Kingdom). The existing doors were only three years old and one had fallen down completely as a result of wire cable failure, the other was an accident waiting to happen. Having narrowly missed the operator on site, Apollo wanted to quickly dispose of a potentially dangerous situation and start new with a stronger, simpler, safer hydraulic door solution.

 

The bi-fold door filled a need when it was first introduced to the market. It was the only game in town and seemed the logical choice for anyone looking for a door for their facility or hangar. There weren’t other options available, but now there are. Everything is different in the door world. Technology has improved, safety is a concern, and the bi-fold doesn’t make sense. On bi-folds, the pulleys and drive chains are exposed to the stress of constant movement and run the risk of slipping out or breaking down. The awkward fold, with its pulleys and straps, are cumbersome and can clearly be dangerous. Is it really worth the risk to have a bi-fold door? 

 

Hydroswing® Hydraulic Doors are a single panel hydraulic solution with 70% less moving parts. Our zero drop two-way Hydrolok system also assures the door will never fall should there ever be a loss of power. No cables. No pulleys. No Straps.

 

The choice is yours.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Commercial Hydraulic Doors Plus Industrial Hydraulic Doors Equal Solutions by Hydroswing

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.