5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Crane Rail.

A crane rail is a heavy steel rail used to support and guide cranes in  industrial environment. It can be mounted on the ground or elevated structures .

crane rail

The role of Crane rail

Rigid rail cranes are mainly used in heavy industry, such as automobile manufacturing, shipbuilding, assembly etc. These industries need to use flexible suspension cranes to transport large goods. It only needs to be hung on the roof or beam frame of the workshop to achieve direct air transport of materials.

Railway cranes are used for the maintenance of railway tracks and the recovery of accidents. It can be moved on the railway or on the track for the loading and unloading of goods in the freight yard and to maintain railway tracks.Crane tracks can also be used in the construction of tunnel projects, oil, steel, exploration, chemical, power, water and so on

Three kinds of Crane rail components

The components of crane rail include rail clamp, fishplate, rail pad and so on. These components play an important part in ensuring the stability and safety of the crane rail.

Rail Clamp:

rail clamp

Railroad clamps are used to be fixed on tracks to prevent the train from moving or coming loose. Rail clamps are self-locking, adjustable, and high clip strength.

Railroad rail fasteners are parts of the rails used to join rails and sleepers, and fix the rail on the sleeper,maintain the gauge, and prevent the rail from moving longitudinally and laterally. 

 rail joint bar:

rail joint package

 rail joint bar are used to connect two sections of rail by many rail bolts or railroad spikes. It has a special design and can be bolted to the rail to prevent breakage or misalignment of the rail during crane operation.

Rail Pad:

Rail Pad

Rail pads are placed between the rails and the supporting structure to reduce vibration and noise and protect the sleeper and the ballast. Rail pads are typically made of rubber so that they protect the tie plate and the sleeper from abrasion and impaction and prolong the service life of other fasteners.

When these components are selected and installed, you need to take into full consideration of load-carrying capacity, wear resistance, installation accuracy and other factors. At the same time, you need to follow the relevant technical requirements to ensure that their quality and performance meet your requirements.

Crane rail type and size selection

ModelTopBottomHeightRail top effective widthWeight/mStandard

Crane rail design and installation

crane rail  installations

1.Total site survey
2.Making and setting up templates for planting anchor bolts
3.Planting anchor bolts
4.Leveling and alignment of sole plates
6.Laying the rail and rubber pad alignments.
7.Welding the rails
8.Tightening all the bolt

When the crane is running on the track, it will produce longitudinal or transverse forces. When the crane rail is subjected to oblique thrust, deflection will occur. At this time, the reliability of crane rail installation is particularly important. Therefore, we can choose different crane rail installation methods according to different installation environments.

You should pay attention:

  • The width of the rail head matches the crane wheel.
  • Rail waist thickness can support daily tonnage.
  • Crane rail models are suitable for crane use and life expectancy.

Selection of Crane rail suppliers

L.B. Foster is a leading crane rail manufacturer and supplier, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Crane rail systems are part of the rail business. The company’s factories are located in the United States and Canada.L.B. Foster is one of crane rail manufacturers who can provide types of crane rails and accessories.

EMRAILS has the largest and most comprehensive range of crane rails and light rails in Australia.All rails are available for immediate delivery in Australia, New Zealand and various export markets.As a leading Australian rail supplier for more than 30 years, it has the various components of crane rail and service excellence.

ArcelorMittal is a famous steel manufacturer in Luxembourg. the company produces 130 million tons in the annual year. Crane rail is an important part of their business. As a crane rail supplier, ArcelorMittal offers crane rail and crane rail solutions for your crane project. It has a mature steel supply chain and can provide full services from production to sales. It can produce crane rail products with European standards, ASTM standards, DIN standards and other special crane rails.

AGICO is one of the manufactures specialized in rail and have more than 20 years of experience in providing high quality rail. The general specifications and parameters are presented for your reference. Any need or doubt, welcome to contact us.

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