Weldable Clips

crane hoist manufacturer

Crane rail fixing clips, Weldable clip

Crane rails need to be installed to fine tolerances. Our infinitely adjustable clip designs allow rails to be aligned very precisely. The clips are also designed to carry the very high forces that the cranes can sometimes apply to the rails. With types that can be bolted and others that can be welded, you have the choice of the most appropriate installation method for your needs.

Our Gantrail self locking crane rail clips are designed to align and securely fix the rail. The elastomer ‘nose’ applies a controlled force to the rail to restrict excessive movement.

They must:

  • fit the support structure
  • fit the rail
  • Carry the horizontal forces from crane wheels perpendicular to the rail

Size for size, welded clips give a stronger installation but bolted clips are often more convenient.

  1. Find or estimate the horizontal force to be carried by the clip. It is assumed that all of the load from one wheel will rest on one clip. If the load is not known it may be assumed to be 15% of the vertical wheel load.
  2. Choose the style of clip you require – bolted or welded. These are identified with their respective strengths in the table below.
  3. Find the dimensions of the foot of the rail to be used. See our assortment of Crane Rails for reference.
  4. Check that the selected clip will fit the installation. The table gives the dimension that must be added to the foot width of the rail to achieve the minimum support width.
  5. Check that the other clip dimensions will suit the application by referring to the Gantrail data sheet for the clip. These only show a limited number of rail sections and Gantrail can advise on other sections.

The choice between bolted clips and those with welded lower components is often based on industry practice and preference. The bolted clips are economical, but when you compare the sizes, they are rated significantly lower on load carrying capacity. Thus heavy-duty industries such as steel and aluminium manufacturers tend to use welded base 8 or 9 series clips, whereas lighter applications, such as industrial buildings and high bay warehouses use 3, 6 or 7 series clips that are fixed by bolting. We are always happy to give guidance on this matter.

It is assumed that grade 8.8 bolts will be used. If welded studs or grade 4.6 bolts are used, then their strength is only assumed to be 40% of the grade 8.8 bolts.

Clip Name Horizontal force capacity kilonewtons Dimension to be added to rail foot Download Data Sheet
9112/08    20kN   80 mm download
9116/10   40 kN 118 mm download
9120/15 120 kN 156 mm download
9120/20 120 kN 160 mm download
9216/08* 130 kN 100 mm download
9220/20 200 kN 160 mm download
*particularly suitable for narrow support structures