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.