In 1934, engineer Henry Lindsay revolutionized the construction industry with the Lindsay Bolt Adapter -- making it possible to clamp steel beams together to form a safe and sturdy connection without welding or drilling. Over 80 years later, the company Henry founded, Lindapter, still stands as a pioneer in the design and manufacture of steel clamping systems. Now Lindapter is blazing trails again with a new guide detailing its reliable rail connection offerings.
Lindapter Rail Connections
Lindapter offers two different variations of rail clamps that are used to secure rails or crane lines in low-speed scenarios involving ground track, elevated rail, and overhead gantries. As with all Lindapter products, there is no hot work required thanks to a quick and easy installation process using only hand tools -- cutting down on costs, time, and worker hazards.
This clamp is suitable for low-speed rail or steel beams, and is designed to be used with parallel or tapered flanges measuring no more than 8 degrees. It consists of a clamping area, flat top, nose, and skirt, as well as a tail that’s available in both short or medium sizes, and spans slotted clearance holes. Type BR clamps are fabricated from malleable iron, and are zinc plated and hot dip galvanized for durability. There are three varieties of Type BR clamps, with tightening torques of 50 lbs., 180 lbs., and 210 lbs.
Made from hot dip galvanized SG iron with corrosion protection as requested, the Type HD clamp provides lateral adjustability for fast, precise rail alignment. They are suitable for crane speeds up to 200 ft. per minute and tapered flanges. There are several variants of the Type HD clamp, including: Soft Clip, Hard Clip, and Spring Clip. All variants produce a tightening torque of 136 lbs. (in normal lateral conditions) and 332 lbs. (in high lateral conditions). As a testament to its strength, the Type HD Hard Clip was selected to secure rails at Hitachi’s train manufacturing/assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe, England because of its convenient lateral adjustability and high resistance to lateral loads. These rails play a critical role, as they’re used to move train cars from one part of the plant to the other.
The Lindapter Difference
Lindapter’s team of skilled engineers is committed to providing custom solutions to rail clients that meet the specific needs of each individual project. That’s the Lindapter Difference.To this end, Lindapter offers free connection design and development as part of its unrivaled customer support. Here’s how it works: You send Lindapter your specs -- such as steel sizes and loads to resist -- and we’ll provide you with a custom design in 2D or interactive 3D formats, along with CAD files. Then, our Engineered Services division develops, produces, and tests your design, putting it through a rigorous assessment to ensure the highest durability. Contact us today and see what the Lindapter Difference can do for you and your rail connection needs.
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