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Caster brakes: the untold story

Just about everything about Hamilton is unstoppable: our drive to innovate, our thirst for bigger and better, our addiction to Chili Cheese Fritos. But if there’s one thing that makes us love inertia, it’s designing the right brakes for the right caster. You might think that choosing the right brake type is easy, but that depends on both your caster and application.


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This revolutionary NASA wheel is worthy of Game of Thrones combat

In space, no one cares if you get a flat tire. Except if you’re NASA. Then it’s pretty important. Their engineers have spent years tinkering with wheel designs tough enough to sustain heavy human use over Mars’ cruelest rocks and crags. And now they may just have cracked it.


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Let’s pretend these Hamilton ads are real

Cat herding. Torture tactics. Petty co-worker games. What do these three have in common? They were all once ideas we tossed around for Hamilton print ads. Sadly, these genius creations never ran.


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Remember when we killed it with those steamy caster photos?

In the blogging world, there are winners and losers. Naturally, we’re all about #winning. The only time we look back is to see how far we’ve come. Here’s a backcast at 10 memorable stories that shaped a year of putting out the toughest casters and carts on the planet. And then some.


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From our family to yours

No matter how nutty the holidays get—or how profoundly your Aunt Jeanne’s politics make your head explode—it’s strangely comforting to know there’s one constant, immutable force in the universe: family. Family is pretty important to the folks here at Hamilton. Four generations strong, in fact. So we’re gathering ‘round to share what we’re most thankful for this year—and what we’re looking forward to in 2018.


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How to feel safe in an unsafe world? Torque striping

Here at Hamilton, we can’t claim to solve world peace or make the clowns in your closet disappear. But we can make our customers sleep a little easier knowing the bolts on their industrial applications are safe and secure.


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This homegrown CNC router is a cut above

As a company that uses large-format CNC routers in our own operations, we were pretty excited to come across this inexpensive yet powerful CNC router for home use. Called Maslow, it’s a large (4’ x 8’) automated cutting machine that uses digitally generated designs to cut objects out of wood with extreme precision—everything from furniture and kayaks to a tiny tree house.


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We’re thankful for a great year in manufacturing

While the dust settles off our carb-induced Thanksgiving comas, we’d like to show our gratitude for a winning year in manufacturing. Not only will 2017 be Hamilton’s best year ever in topline growth; it’s also the year that this vital but behind-the-scenes industry hit its stride in many ways, thanks to steady global economic growth, an uptick in energy and other commodity prices and heightened business confidence.


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RIP, sales funnel. Viva l’infinity loop

Our VP of Marketing, Mark Lippert, is a great guy. Funny. Smart. Curious. But that’s not why we’re writing. We’re writing because Mark recently attended a marketing leadership forum in California that was all about marketing trends. It was good stuff, so we thought we’d pass along a particularly useful nugget here.


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