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Reliance Hexham was approached by a large multi-national development company to design and manufacture a customised safety latch for a range of their crane hooks. This was following an incident where a gravity activated latch, similar to image 1, caught on a passing object and caused the hook to tilt and dislodge its load.
(Image 1: Gravity Latch)
Reliance Hexham designed a latch that positively locks with a spring loaded mechanism which only allows the lock to be opened once the spring loaded trigger is manually disengaged. The Latch is opened by first disengaging the safety lock before it can be pulled open. Once released, the latch automatically closes and the safety lock engaging all without user input.
With Engineering specific to each size and shape hook, the latch design can be adaptable to ensure correct fitment and function. It was also imperative that each spring was designed to have suitable operational resistance based on the size of the latch.
Our customer felt very strongly about the importance of having all their hooks fitted with the latch so a time frame was set and we have been working closely with our customer to design and fit.
Reasons a locking latch is essential
A typical latch is spring operated and when pressure is applied the latch opens to accept the sling or chain. In the Reliance Hexham design, the latch will not open until the safety trigger is disengaged, then the latch can be used in the normal manner.
This is important for two reasons:
- If the hook was being operated remotely and in this case example, most hooks are controlled from a crane driver on top of a building. If the hook was to bump into an object on its way upwards the latch works as a deflector to eliminate the chance of an object becoming hooked.
- If the load on the hook was to contact an object on its way down and tilt the hook at an obscure angle, the possibility of the slings or link sliding off the hook is greatly reduced by the latch remaining shut.
Below are some models showing the latch and its functionality. We are very proud of the design and very encouraged to see that other operators also see the advantages and priority of installing these latches. The latches are a very robust stainless steel design and springs that have been hand made in Australia by a local spring manufacturer.
It is important to note that without the safety trigger latch being disengaged the latch cannot be physically opened which is a very important feature of the latch.
To view a video showing operation of the latch follow the button below.
This is another example of Reliance Hexham design being smart and more importantly, a practical solution to your problems.
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