Rail transfer carts: a complete guide
Rail transfer carts allow very heavy objects to be moved on the ground without lifting them. In this article we will describe the advantages of rail transfer carts and why in some cases they are a very useful option for transporting and handling materials that can replace other systems using cranes or cables.
Transfer carts on rails: features
Although wheeled transfer carts exist, the rail-mounted version of a transfer cart is perfect for transporting large, heavy and delicate objects (in the order of tens of tonnes and even more) that cannot be handled aerially but must be handled in a flat space. The advantages of transfer trolleys over other material handling methods are the following.
Transfer carts with high stability
Rail-mounted transfer trolleys allow the handling and movement of very heavy and bulky objects in a very stable, slow and safe manner. In the case of the versions with rails this characteristic is even more noticeable since a displacement on rails and cement gives a lot of solidity to the whole structure.
Tailor-made route for the carts
The route of the rails can be adapted to the movements desired by the customer without prejudice to the type of production plant or the range of movements required. We can adapt the route of the rails to any need.
Rail transfer carts can be equipped with mechanisms such that they alone can make a specific journey autonomously without the need of a supervisor. For example in the case of transporting heavy parts or blocks from one production section to the next or from one production plant to another.
Our carts are perfect for narrow spaces
A great advantage of the rail-mounted transfer carts is that they can work in low spaces, as they do not require aerial elements or suspended elements when moving on the ground. This makes them safer to operate.
The rail transfer trolleys also allow working in a complementary way with other types of lifting and material handling systems, both fixed (gantry cranes, crane bridges with various lifting systems) and mobile (as would be the case of forklifts and similar elevation systems).
Transfer rail carts for indoor or outdoor use
A rail cart can be installed both indoors and outdoors. An example of rail carts working outdoors are those installed in docks where large merchant ships and cruise ships are manufactured, for the efficient and safe transport of the huge and heavy parts that make up these ships from the production area to the ship itself.
- In this video you can see a taylor made transfer cart with integrated JIB
On the transfer cart there’s a JIB (crane) helping with the loads
The transfer cart is designed to work in a high-risk explosive area
Some of our Transfer Cart designs:
Fully customizable transfer rail carts
The design of a transfer carts on rails is 100% customizable to the taste and needs of the customer.
Some of these personalizations are:
- Route of the rails
- Number of wheels
- Height (or that the transfer cart is also adjustable in height)
- Speed of displacement
- Add elements of passive safety as:
- Sound when it is in movement
- Paint resistant to high temperatures to work in iron and steel industry
There is a long etcetera of extra functions and characteristics available so that the transfer cart does exactly the functions that are required of it.