Crane Buffers

Design and Selection Criteria for the Hydraulic Crane Buffer

ABSTRACT

In a modern steel plant, maximum productivity requires maximum equipment capacity and high operational speeds. In the case of the steel mill overhead traveling crane, higher capacity and higher speed has greatly increased the potential for collision damage.

The hydraulic crane buffer has proven itself to be the most reliable and least costly method of protecting crane, operator, and plant from the hazards of crane collisions, even under 100% full speed impact conditions.

This paper examines the hydraulic buffer from a design and operational viewpoint as compared to other types of crane bumpers. Quantitative data includes all formulas and calculations necessary to select a crane buffer, along with qualitative guidelines for specific types of applications.

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