Key features and specifications for the Thomson Engineering Design Low Headroom Hydraulic Panel Beam for tandem lifting of track panels
LPB20-02 LOW HEADROOM PANEL BEAM
The Thomson Engineering Design Low Headroom Panel Beam is the ideal solution for tandem handling of track panels under overhead electrification equipment and structures.
Powerful hydraulic jaws grip the rails allowing track panels to be lifted out of the ballast and loaded onto rail wagons or trucks.
Each beam has a 10,000kg working load giving plenty of strength when lifting panels from frozen or compacted ballast.
The centrally mounted attachment shackle is only a few millimetres above the rail head height minimising the headroom required for the lifting operation and maximising the number of track panels which may be loaded onto wagons or trucks, especially when working under bridges, in tunnels or under overhead catenary electrification equipment.
A full suite of safety features are incorporated into the design including pilot operated check valves on the jaw cylinders, a parachute valve to lock the jaws during the lifting operation and built-in pressure control to protect the hydraulic circuit.
All beams are proof load tested to 15,000kg and certificated prior to despatch from the factory and the design has been subjected to exhaustive testing and computer analysis.
All Thomson products are designed and manufactured under our ISO9001:2015 approved quality assurance processes and are built to be safe and reliable throughout a long working life.
Handles on each end allow the machine controller to assist with alignment if necessary.
Once attached to the track the centrally mounted attachment shackle is
Lifting the attachment point shackle actuates a spring loaded safety valve
which shuts off the hydraulic connection to the jaw cylinders making it
impossible for the operator to accidentally release the load during the
A precision made pressure reducing valve controls the pressure within the
hydraulic circuit, protecting the whole system and allowing these beams to
be connected to any hydraulic service with a pressure of 90 to 325 Bar.
The jaw cylinders are fitted with pilot operated check valves which
automatically lock them in the event of a burst hose or host machine
Attaching the LPB20-02 to the host machine via a short length of chain
allows the operator to easily control the lift and helps ensure that the two
lifting machines do not pull against each other.
Tandem lifting of track panels (typically up to 25m long) is simple, safe
and fast requiring no working at height and, thanks to the low headroom
design, minimising the risk of damaging overhead structures.
Tare Weight 225 kg
Working Load Limit 10,000 kg
Proof Load (factory test) 15,000 kg
Application Standard Gauge Track
Transport Dimensions (L x W x H) 1704 x 350 x 400 mm
Maximum Hydraulic Pressure 325 Bar
Minimum Hydraulic Pressure 90 Bar
Pressure Control Pressure Reducing Valves
System Pressure 100 Bar
Jaw Grip Force 28 kN
A broad gauge version of this product is also available
All technical and sales enquiries should be directed to Thomson Engineering Design.
Thomson Engineering Design Ltd
Units 2a & 3 Crabtree Road
Tel: +44 (0) 1594 82 66 11