One of the objectives of our current invention is to improve the crane rail installations for overhead cranes, placed on concrete beams, for gantry cranes, harbour cranes, tooling machines, automated warehousing systems or any other type of crane rail track fastened with individual and/or continuous steel soleplates and to provide a simple and efficient solution in contrast with the two existing systems.
An additional advantage of the current invention is the substantial reduction, if not complete elimination, of any welding normally carried out on such fastening systems. Indeed, welding the clip base results in significant constraints and distortion of individual or continuous steel Soleplates, especially when these must be galvanized. Furthermore, it is necessary to drill extra weep holes underneath each clip base in order to allow zinc deposits to drain off, incurring additional manufacturing costs.
The best feature of this invention is the ease with which the clips, rail fixings and/or all other rail fastening systems can be replaced if faulty or oxidised.
Another main objective of the present invention is to allow more even weight distribution of part of the horizontal longitudinal loads, by flat pads being secured to the under-side of the steel-reinforced individual or continuous rail pads constituting the main rail support. As a result, the forces induced by the gantry cranes and/or harbour cranes, or by any other material handling equipment suited to running on these crane rail tracks will no longer only rely on the anchor rods to bear the load but share the weight with these flat pads.
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