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.
If you look around at current trends in architecture, repurposed shipping containers are all the rage. ISO containers (also known as intermodal containers) are used to store and move materials and products efficiently and securely in the global containerized intermodal freight transport system. "Intermodal" indicates that the container can be moved from one mode of transport to another (from rail, to truck, to ship) without unloading and reloading the contents of the container. Lengths of containers vary from 8 to 56 feet (2.438 to 17.069 m) and heights from 8 feet (2.438 m) to 9 feet 6 inches (2.896 m). There are about 17 million intermodal containers in the world of varying types to suit different cargoes.
In recent years, ISO containers have started being used for countless applications outside of the shipping world. From architectural and commercial projects to small restaurants and bars, a container that has “open sides” can make for endless usage possibilities. The fact that the Hydroswing® hydraulic door is pre hung in its very own load bearing frame, allowed the evolution and growing use of ISO shipping containers. Meet the ISO DOOR™ by Hydroswing®. The Patent Pending system is built around our renowned single panel Hydroswing® hydraulic door. Sized accordingly, a hydraulic door can be fitted to the ISO shipping container on either of the sides, ends or top and can also be used for "cross-dooring" between containers for shelter buildings.
The plug-and -play ISO DOOR™ simply locks on to side, ends (or links between sides or ends) of the ISO shipping container, utilizing the ISO tandemlok quick attach. And you have an instant “bar in a box” or any other kind of “pop up” establishment you can think of. This is the “missing link” for fast, sustainable, and portable businesses. Our ISO door is instant re-purposing of the old shipping container. With the same single panel strength the Hydroswing® Door offers, the ISO DOOR™ made a quantum leap into ISO containers.
Other industries interested in this unique door system are disaster relief, mining and exploration, specialized shelter manufacturers, Special Forces, oil tanker/vessel protection services and most obviously, shipping companies for ease of loading/unloading product into containers. The ISO DOOR™ system is undergoing review for full ISO certification so as to be able to enter the ISO shipping process and enable integration for containers fitted or modified to be shipped simply as a normal container… this is a logistical planner’s dream.
Hydroswing® breaks the barriers once again…
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.
The world’s most reliable hangar door is now the world’s most reliable industrial door system. Ensuring your facility has the right door is as important to your building as it is to your bottom line. It’s about strength, security, ease-of-use, quality, sealability, and the simplicity of retrofitting. It’s about a sleek looking, affordable door of the highest quality steel to keep your building safe and your in-life service costs low. It’s about Hydroswing®.
Before the option of the Hydroswing, industrial openings were restricted by size. Large structures had to rely on steel rolling doors or sectional applications. Not anymore…The option of a single panel hydraulic door has changed everything. The massive opening capacity, accommodating in sizes up to 150’(45.0 m) wide X 40’(12.0 m) high, teamed with expanded vertical clearance and an almost air-tight seal, the Hydroswing® essentially creates a movable wall. This means enhanced building efficiency and reduces costs across the board.
Hydroswing® was 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’ (18m x 8.5m) door that immediately matched their needs and retro fit their existing Durr Paint Booth in only five days. The sealabilty of the door was so tight their reduction in electricity on extraction fan speed alone generated a return on investment (ROI) in six months.
The Hydroswing® hydraulic door system is now being retrofitted in industrial and commercial facilities around the world. The huge reduction in moving parts as well as customized cladding (making the door match the thermal characteristics of the building) are among the top reasons customers are choosing Hydroswing®. The sophistication of a single panel hydraulic door system is now part of everyday door use across all industries. The total cost of ownership (TCO) beats rollers, sectionals and all other high part count doors available today.
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.
It’s time to think differently about the cost of your building, and the cost of your door. Statistics prove that for every $1 spent on purchasing for efficiency, the return will be $6 in energy savings — that equates to a 600% return on investment. Hydroswing® is only door investment that will bring that will make that fact a reality.
So do you think a bifold is a “good value” for you money? WRONG. In reality, the bifold has the highest total cost of ownership of all hangar doors. With a large number of moving parts, including straps, cables, motors, wires, limit switches, locks, chain, sprockets, carrier bearings, roller wheels, and more, there is a litany of service items. Bottom line: the bifold is ONLY less expensive on the front end, but it’s a maintenance hog that requires cost upkeep, and ongoing monitoring of the door and the building. The main problem is that cables stretch over time, and straps can over torque if limit switches fail. Without quarterly servicing, high cycling doors will have a very short life span.
The total cost of ownership (TCO) of your hangar or large door system should be evaluated in terms of the following: Total Cost New + Annual Service Costs + Life Span.
The cost of purchasing a bifold is just the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of expense.
An expense that is regularly overlooked is the impact cost of having to build a higher building to accommodate the “wedge” in the clear opening of the hangar to provide the required clear height. This bifold adjustment is (in many cases) 2 to 5 feet of extra all around linear height of building, not just at the door. Often builders need to uplift the whole linear height of the entire hangar. Your value decision needs careful consideration. General contractors and building companies are becoming aware of the inefficiencies and cost of the bifold and the door is being used less and less in their competitive bidding process.
When calculating your TCO, choosing a hydraulic single panel door system reduces overall building height, maximizes opening height and width, reduces part counts by up to 95%, reduces servicing costs to almost zero, and delivers a door system which will last the full life of the building. It’s all about quality up front and life and durability of your door. To make a sound investment, avoid a non-engineered, unproven cable replacement offers from bifold manufacturers, call Hydroswing® to retrofit your hangar. Don’t put a short term fix on a long term problem. The Hydroswing® hydraulic single panel door system is the most cost effective purchase for your hangar and the most bang for your buck on your TCO. Get it right the first time. Be the King ... Fit a Hydroswing®… for life!
Remember… If it doesn’t come from Hydroswing® — It’s not a Hydroswing®!
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® 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?
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.
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.
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